Griezmann Brace Knocks Barcelona Out Of Champions League


Barcelona has been sent out of the Champion League by Atletico Madrid after they lost 2-0 at Vicente Calderón.

Two goals from Antoine Griezmann were enough for the Madrid side to go through to the Semi-finals with a 3-2 goal aggregate.

The Madrid side opened scoring at the 36th minute when Saul Niguez, on the right-hand corner of the Barca box, flicks a gorgeous cross towards Griezmann with the outside of his boot.

The ball falls perfectly for Griezmann, and he powered an unstoppable header into the top right, leaving Ter Stegen with no chance.

Barcelona fought hard to pull one back but the Madrid defence took in all pressure mounted.

The first half ended with the with a 2-2 aggregate, with Atletico Madrid looking good to go through on away goals.

In the second half, pressure on the Madrid defence increased as Barcelona made several attempts to level and secure a chance of going through.

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At the 87th minute a break by Filipe Luis, who powered down the inside-left channel and enters the box resulted in a penalty.

He looked to slip the ball right towards Griezmann, but Iniesta dived on the penalty spot to stop the pass reaching the man with his hand and the referee pointed to the white spot. The Madrid side clamoured for a red card but no card was given.

Grizemann came up to take the spot kick and threaded the ball into the bottom right, to put Atletico ahead on aggregate.

With the 2-0 cushion and a 3-2 aggregate against the defending champions, Atletico sailed through to the Semi-final of the game joining city rivals, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

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