In a game that will be remembered in the short term for its superb goalkeeping on both sides, Germans maintaining overwhelming possession, and a coach that almost went over the top, it will be Spain’s Atlético Madrid that get the lasting memory.
Los Rojiblancos came into Tuesday’s match as the underdogs despite leading 1-0 on aggregate. However, that lead would be cut short when Xabi Alonso talked Franck Ribery out of a free-kick just outside Atleti’s box and blazed a Jose Gimenez deflected shot past Jan Oblak.
Simeone’s men held out in their own zone until a counter-attack opportunity fell on Fernando Torres’s feet and then found its way to Antoine Griezmann who sent it home past Manuel Neuer in the 53rd minute to make it 2-1 on aggregate.
Griezmann's goal tonight. Counter attacking Atletico at it's finest. pic.twitter.com/1KzIL9OTrj
— NM (@ffsRooney) May 3, 2016
Bayern Munich then regrouped and continued their pursuit of another goal and it came when an Arturo Vidal headed a pass over to Robert Lewandowski who then finished the glorious chance. The Poland international’s goal wasn’t enough as the 2-2 aggregate would stick until the final whistle and Atleti soon found themselves in the heart of Germany knowing they’d booked their ticket to Milan for the final dance.
Read on to see how we rated the players.
Jan Oblak – 9 (Man of the match)
You couldn’t fault the Slovenian stopper for what transpired on Alonso’s free-kick. The ball hit off Jose Gimenez and went in the opposite direction that Oblak was anticipating. Nonetheless, Oblak stopped Thomas Muller’s penalty kick to keep the score tied on aggregate into halftime. Later on Lewandowski, Ribery and another Alaba effort were all stopped by the Slovenian wall.
Juanfran – 7
The Spaniard’s final ball on counters weren’t great by his standards but his build-up play and cheeky touches were felt throughout on the front-foot. His side didn’t do much attacking in this game, however, so when Ribery or Douglas Costa came down his flank, he was always there to battle them away.
Jose Gimenez – 6
When the young Uruguayan drew a stupid penalty for holding Javi Martinez, he was mounting up his rating to be lower than a five. His earlier deflection on Alonso’s free-kick goal wasn’t forgotten and fans were angry. Gimenez then found his composure and on a Bayern counter showed us why he should still be applauded for Atleti’s win.
— Carlo Valladares (@C_V_News) May 3, 2016
Diego Godin – 7
Godin wasn’t fit. At times he looked outmuscled by Bayern’s forwards and didn’t read the game to his best abilities on dangerous long balls. His saving grace was his ability to win almost every aerial ball that threatened his line or penalty area.
Filipe Luis – 9
Tuesday’s match was one of the Brazilians best in the UCL this year. He defended well, his runs were great and his possession-play was vital in giving Atleti valuable time away from their own zone. If it wasn’t for Oblak, he would have been the man of the match.
Saul – 6
The overnight European sensation was reserved from really trying to push forward on Tuesday. Saul really wanted to keep Bayern off the scoresheet. He covered Juanfran excellently when the fullback had to mark Costa and Ribery up high.
Gabi – 8
The captain played his heart out and made a number of important blocks when Bayern were bombarding Atleti with dangerous chances in possession and on some counters. He was utterly fearless.
Augusto Fernandez – 7
The Argentine couldn’t replicate his tactical IQ and tackles from the first-leg but he made a number of key interceptions in Germany. Yannick Ferreira- Carrasco replaced him and it was right decision by Simeone.
Koke – 5
Not Koke’s best night in terms of offensive contributions but he sacrificed his ball skills for defending and it worked out in the end. His below-standard set-piece play brought his score down a bit.
Antoine Griezmann – 8
He beat Neuer clean and dazzled us with some dribbling skills in the second-half. Griezmann’s build-up play with Torres for his goal was also superb. The Frenchman’s work rate didn’t go unnoticed in Atleti’s own end, either.
Fernando Torres – 7
Like his forward partner, Torres worked hard all game to keep Bayern from scoring and contributed with a great through-ball to perfectly match Griezmann’s run that resulted in a vital goal.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
The Belgian was needed in the second-half to help Atleti maintain possession as much as possible. His dribbles and touches were excellent throughout as soon as he hit the pitch in the second stretch.
Thomas Partey – No rating
Stefan Savic – No rating