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Atletico Madrid stun Bayern Munich on away goals to advance to Champions League Final

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Atletico Madrid advanced to the Final of the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three years, edging out Bayern Munich on away goals, despite losing the second leg of their tie 2-1 in Munich.

A freekick from Xabi Alonso just after the half hour mark brought Bayern level in the tie after taking a hefty deflection off Jose Maria Gimenez giving Jan Oblak in the Atletico Madrid goal absolutely no chance. It was the first goal that Oblak had conceded in 633 minutes of football.

Bayern had an immediate opportunity to make it 2-0 as they won a penalty moments later with Gimenez grabbing enough of Javi Martinez to bring the Spaniard down inside the box. Thomas Muller stepped up to take the spot kick, but Oblak wasn't ready to concede a second time so soon, producing a good save to his right, though Muller probably should have done better with the penalty.

Atletico made a change at half-time, replacing the more defensive minded Augusto Fernandez with Yannick Carrasco. In reality it was more of a formation change with Saul Niguez, the goalscorer in the first leg dropping into a central role alongside Gabi, giving Antoine Griezmann a better chance of linking up with Fernando Torres up front.

The move worked with Griezmann giving Atletico the all important away goal, bursting through down the centre after being played through by Torres, and finishing well past Manuel Neuer. Replays showed that the French forward might have been marginally offside, but the goal stood.

The goal flattened the stadium and it took Bayern a while to lift themselves, but hope was restored in the 74th minute when Arturo Vidal showed tremendous hunger to beat Felipe Luiz on the right wing in the air, and head the ball back into a dangerous area for Robert Lewandowski to nod home to put Bayern ahead once more on the night.

Bayern continued to throw everything they had at Atletico, but it was the Madrid side who had a terrific chance to kill the contest when they were awarded a slightly fortuitous penalty when Martinez brought down Fernando Torres. The foul appeared to take place just outside the box, with Torres falling inside, winning the spotkick. The Spanish striker stepped up to take it himself, only to produce a near identical effort as Muller, with Neuer this time guessing right and pulling off the save.

With hope renewed once again, Bayern looked for a third goal to clinch the tie, but despite 33 shots on goal, it wasn't to be their night as Pep Guardiola finished his three year stint with the German giants with three consecutive semi-final exits, a huge blip on his otherwise perfect CV.

Atletico meanwhile head to the final where they await the winners of tomorrow's semi-final second leg clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City, deadlocked at 0-0 from a rather dull and forgettable first leg.

Teams:

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Ribery, Costa (Coman 72'), Alonso,  Vidal, Müller, Lewandowski.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Luis, Augusto (Carrasco 46'), Gabi, Koke (Savic 90+3'), Saul, Griezmann (Partey 82'), Torres.

Final Score: Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Alonso 31', Griezmann 53', Lewandowski 74')

Atletico Madrid advance on away goals