Atletico Madrid 1-2 RB Leipzig Late Tyler Adams strike gives German underdogs historic victory.

Diego Simeone's side, Atletico flicked out. Leipzig makes set up Champions League semi-final with PSG.

· RB Leipzig beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 to reach the Champions League semi-finals

· A late Tyler Adams goal gave the German side a historic European victory

· The Bundesliga side took the lead in the first half through Dani Olmo's header

· Joao Felix equalised with a penalty after he was fouled by Lukas Klostermann

· Leipzig re-took the lead in the 88th minute through Adams' deflected strike

· Julian Nagelsmann's side will now face PSG in the semi-final next week

The great pragmatists of European football are out and who can say we will miss them?

Atletico Madrid seemed to have bought themselves a period extra time at least in Lisbon when the young Portuguese substitute Joao Felix won and converted a penalty with 20 minutes to go.

That cancelled out a 50th minute header by Leipzig’s Dani Olmo and it seemed that Diego Simeone’s team would take the game in to the extra half an hour and somehow squeeze through.

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Tyler Adams scored a late winner to book RB Leipzig's place in the Champions League semis

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But just when that seemed a possibility, Leipzig – the more ambitious team all night – broke down the left through Manchester City loanee Angelino and when he pulled the ball back it was lashed in to the net via a deflection by the American Tyler Adams.

The Germans will not have been the least bit surprised by what stood before them last night.

This condensed Champions League knock out phase may have been marketed as some kind of summer football festival but Simeone and Atletico Madrid will not have seen it like that. As such, they sat behind the ball and waited for Leipzig to show their hand.

To an extent, Leipzig did. They enjoyed more of the ball and more of the territory. Crucially, though, the closest they came to a goal in a sketchy first half was from two set piece chances – one early and one late.

First – in just the fourth minute – it was the German defender Marcel Halstenberg who found himself with the goal at his mercy after staying up following a corner. But his left foot volley from eight yards flew over as he leaned back. It was poor technique.

Much later on, in added time at the end of the first period, the Frenchman Dayot Upamecano did a little better as he barged Kieran Trippier out of the way to meet another corner. The header was firm but directed straight down the middle of the goal and Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was able to gather cleanly and comfortably.

That was the sum total of chances for a team that can often be so fluent. Leipzig were missing the talismanic Timo Werner – now at Chelsea – which will not have helped them. Equally, Atletic really are desperately difficult to break down.

Simeone’s team did venture forward occasionally themselves and when they did they carried a threat. Stefan Savic – once of Manchester City – ended the first half bandaged after a clash of heads with Halstenberg but earlier had directed a chance from a corner in to the hands of the Leipzig goalkeeper.

Peter Gulacsi had to be a little sharper in the 13th minute, meanwhile, when parrying a shot crashed towards his right hand corner by Atletico midfielder Yannick Carrasco

For the sake of the game something had to happen early in the second half and it did. The opening goal arrived within five minutes and it was a good one, Leipzig working the ball across the top of the penalty area for Marcel Sabitzer to cross for the Spaniard Olmo to head across and in to the corner.

It was a superb moment, by far the best piece of football of the game so far. It served to open up the contest and bring Atletico out of their own half.

Simeone was not slow to react either. He rarely is. He quickly sent on £113m of talent in the shape of the former Benfica player Joao Felix and, with 20 minutes left, he won a penalty from the lunging Lukas Klostermann and drove it past Gulacsi with his right foot.

MATCH FACTS

Atletico (4-4-2): Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi, Koke (Felipe, 90), Herrera (Felix, 58), Niguez, Carrasco, Llorente, Costa (Morata, 72)

Subs not used: Adan, Arias, Thomas, Lemar, Saponjic, Vitolo, Hermoso, Sanchez, Moya

Scorers: Felix (pen) 71

Booked: Lodi

RB Leipzig (3-3-3-1): Gulacsi, Angelino, Upamecano, Sabitzer (Mukiele, 90+2), Poulsen, Klostermann, Nkunku (Schick, 83), Halsternberg, Olmo (Haidara, 83), Laimer (Adams, 72), Kampl

Subs not used: Orban, Forsberg, Lookman, Mvogo, Tschauner, Novoa, Borkowski, Wosz

Scorers: Olmo 50, Adams 88

Booked: Klostermann, Kampl, Haidara

Thee main match of the quarterfinals is between Barcelona and Bayern Munich on Friday while Mnachester City will trade tackles with Leon on Saturday.

The first semifinal between PSG and Leipzig comes up on Tuesday 18th August. The second semifinal is on Wednesday while the final is on Sunday 23rd August.

- Reports from Daily Mail (UK)





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