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Antoine Griezmann strike sends Atletico to champions league final

Date published: Wednesday, 4th May 2016

Antoine Griezmann celebrates his winning goal

Bayern Munich beat Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena, but Atleti secured passage to the Champions League final after a 2-2 aggregate victory on away goals.

The Germans failed to net a vital third goal which would have sent them through to the final, after Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski had scored either side of Antoine Griezmann's strike.

Thomas Muller and Fernando Torres eached missed a penalty for their respective sides, and Atletico did just enough to clich a win on away goals.

Bayern exerted their dominance early on, setting the pattern of the game inside the opening 10 minutes.

The hosts controlled possession, while Atletico sat extremely deep, doing all they could to prevent the Germans taking the lead.

Atleti couldn't even muster any of their usual counter attacks, as Bayern peppered Jan Oblak's goal with a number of shots.

Lewandowski headed just wide after a Douglas Costa cross, before forcing a fine save from Oblak from a narrow angle.

The Slovenian keeper then cleared a long-range Franck Ribery drive, doing well to put off Lewandowski when he came in to convert the rebound.

Philipp Lahm then hit just over the bar, and from the resultant goal kick, Oblak was warned by the referee about time wasting.

Bayern were doing all they could to break down an excellent defence, and they finally drew the tie level on aggregate through Alonso's free-kick.

The Spaniard hit a low drive from the edge of the box, which cannoned off Jose Gimenez, and unfortunately rolled past Oblak into the back of the net.

Gimenez was at fault again moments later, taking down Javi Martinez inside the box to concede a penalty.

It was a hellish few minutes from the 21-year-old centre-back, but luckily for him, Oblak was a match for Thomas Muller's poor spot-kick.

The near miss seemed to galvanise Atleti, who started to grow into the game
after their slow start.

They started the second period showing slightly more attacking threat, and limiting Bayern to fanciful attempts, rather than anything concrete.

Arturo Vidal had a shot deflected wide, and Martinez headed over from a corner, but Diego Simeone's men dealt a huge blow to Bayern's chances 10 minutes after the restart.

Fernando Torres received a pass from Griezmann on the halfway line, who carried on his run between the two Munich defenders.

Torres played a perfect ball into the French striker's path, and he finished calmly past Manuel Neuer, sending the German stopper falling to the floor as the shot flew past him.

The goal tied the game on the night, but gave Atleti a vital away goal, and meant Bayern had to score twice to retake the lead.

Guardiola's men chased the next goal, and he looked to add a new attacking threat to his team by bringing on Kingsley Coman with just over 15 minutes remaining.

And moments later, Bayern had retaken the lead on the night.

David Alaba sent a left wing cross to the far post, and Vidal did excellently to win the header and send the ball back towards the other post.

Oblak had been drawn towards Vidal due to the flight of the ball, and Lewandowski had no trouble heading the ball into the empty net.

The hosts led 2-1, but they still had to grab another to progress to the final, and they had Neuer to thank for not conceding a second in the final 10 minutes.

Torres was brought down outside the area, and the ref awarded a penalty.

The Spaniard stepped up to take the spot-kick, but like Muller's attempt earlier, the keeper was more than a match for a poor shot.

Bayern still needed to score, and they were attacking with all their energy.

Alaba had a long-range deflected effort which was saved brilliantly by Oblak, and Coman missed a series of good chances from the right side of the box, as Bayern failed to find a way past the Slovenian keeper once again, ending Guardiola's career in Munich without a single Champions League final appearnce.

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