Atletico Madrid eliminates Barcelona

 Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid and undone by two goals from Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez,Rakitic, and Neymar all failed to deliver as holder Barcelona were dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday in a stunning 2-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid.

It was Atletico’s first win over Barcelona since Luis Enrique took over the Catalan club after the 2013-14 season. Luis Enrique’s team had won the previous seven games against Simeone.
After Griezmann doubled the lead from the spot, Barcelona still had two minutes plus stoppage time to find a goal that would have forced extra time and Lionel Messi nearly conjured a late leveller but sent a free kick over the bar.
Atletico Madrid left the Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after its striker Fernando Torres was sent off in the 35th minute. On Wednesday, it was Barcelona that had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fernandez that appeared to be inside the area - but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.

“It wasn’t our best day, we weren’t lucid and we struggled to create chances,I congratulate Atletico Madrid, they were better than us,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters.
“We never stopped believing, we never give up what we want to do,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

“It was lovely to watch from the touchline. These moments won't come back because they are unique in football.

“We were playing against one of the best teams in the world and we did ourselves proud, now we're in the semi finals, among the top four teams in Europe,” Griezmann said.

“Our fans support us in every home game and push us to produce performances like tonight's. This game belongs to them too.”
The two teams remain in a close fight for the Spanish league, where Barcelona’s lead has been cut to only three points with six rounds to go. Barcelona was winless in three consecutive league games, while Atletico won six of its last seven.
In Wednesday’s other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.

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