What a way to say goodbye! Cruel farewell for him Atletico Madridwhich was better in the Wanda Metropolitano than a rácano Manchester City, but failed to score (0-0), so it is eliminated from the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s men, who won 1-0 in the first leg with a solitary goal from Kevin de Bruyne, meet Real Madrid in the semi-finals, with the first leg in two weeks’ time at the Etihad Stadium.
A brave game by the rojiblanco team, nothing to do with the first leg last week in Manchester, but they did not find the goal. Those of Cholo Simeone, who maintained the good line behind and they offered much more than in the first leg, they were left without seeing the door for the third game in a row. After a colder first half, the second half brought the best of the rojiblancos against a Manchester City that speculated but would end up winning the ticket.
The first half left both unsatisfied although the 0-0 was worth the visitors. Maybe the rent of the way left a version Light of the citizenswithout decisive pressure or a high ball pace, despite which Gundogan crashed a ball against the post half an hour into the game. Atlético wanted to be brave from the start, at least not to withdraw too much, but they couldn’t find a shot and were losing arrival.
City settled for having the ball, without rushing, since the need was red and white. In that intention to go up, Cholo’s team was neglected on several occasions behind, but Savic was always on the lookout. In addition, thinking of not being influenced by the atmosphere of the Metropolitan, City left their fangs in the locker room and did not kill when they could against a good one.
A spark from Mahrez to find Walker was what ended in the ball hitting the post, Atleti attentive to the rejections. Foden, annulled from a hard hit by Felipe, De Bruyne or Bernardo Silva hardly appeared. The Spanish team did not have a shot, Lemar was able to do it in an ideal situation at the start, and Kondogbia tried it shortly before the break, when there was a lack of help for the solitary attempts to joao felix.
Goodbye with your head held high
The Portuguese continued to be a local reference in the restart, where Atlético doubled the bet to connect with his people in the process. The rojiblanco fiefdom roared like never before with 15 minutes of total dominance by his team and a great chance for Griezmann. City lost the limelight in a match that didn’t seem to want to play, without the light of a De Bruyne that ended up going out in the 65th minute.
The Belgian, touched from Gundogan’s almost goal trying to finish off the rebound, left the field for Sterling in a delicate moment for those of Guardiola. El Cholo made a triple change, De Paul, Correa and Carrasco, and the first had it as soon as he entered. With 20 minutes to go, the Spanish champion did not go crazy either, but the clock was running against him and in the end it showed.
The rojiblanco team was in a rush when they could, without clarity against a fearful City. Beltwho claimed a penalty, had it and Simeone burned ships with Luis Suárez and Cunha. The Uruguayan lacked speed to surprise, while the Brazilian brushed the goal, just like Savic, with the Metropolitan desperate in the lack of aim. Ironies of football in that fight of styles, City passed the round without the ball, shrinking and asking for the time.
To get out of the siege, Foden looked for the corner and found Felipe’s nerves for not delaying the game. The tangana was formed instantly and the local central defender saw the second yellow card. With the pulsations at a thousand, Atlético had the last ones in a foul by Carrasco and another by Correa, in a long and dramatic discount, where the dream of the Champions vanished another year, also longed for by City, finalist last year and now rival of Real Madrid, with the return on May 3 or 4 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Atletico Madrid, 0: Oblak; Llorente, Savic, Felipe, Reinildo, Lodi (Correa, m.69); Kondogbia, Koke (De Paul, m.69), Lemar (Suárez, m.81); Joao Félix (Cunha, m.81) and Griezmann (Carrasco, m.69)
Manchester City, 0: Edison; Walker (Aké, m.73), Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne (Sterling, d.64), Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Foden and Bernardo Silva (Fernadinho, m.78)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany). He expelled Felipe Monteiro (m. 90), from Atlético de Madrid. He admonished the local Felipe (m. 23) and Llorente (m. 80), as well as the visitor Cancelo (m. 93)
Incidents: Second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals played at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium (Madrid) in front of 65,675 spectators