Champions League: Real Madrid 1 – 0 Atlético

Real through after late goal by Javier Hernández

Key moment in the game: Brych shows Arda his first yellow card (AS)

Key moment in the game: Brych shows Arda his first yellow card (AS)

Atlético Madrid have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after falling to Real Madrid in an intense match at the Bernabeú.

A late goal by Javier Hernández was the only thing separating the two sides over the course of 180 minutes.

With just a few minutes remaining on the clock, Cristiano Ronaldo slid through the Rojiblanco defence after a clever one-two with James Rodríguez, and the Portuguese star enabled his teammate Hernández to score from close range.

The goal by the Mexican came within seconds after Diego Simeone had made a defensive substitution as he was preparing to grind out the overtime period and let the game be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Cholo’s hand was forced by the sending off of Arda Turan, who received his second booking in the 76th minute.

The Turk went studs up into a challenge, and although he appeared to miss Sergio Ramos entirely, referee Brych fell for the Spaniard’s theatrics and decided to show Arda his second yellow of the game.

The red card changed the dynamic of the game entirely, as up to that point the match was balanced. Real dominated possession, but other than through some set pieces failed to really threaten the Atleti defence. The Colchoneros themselves went forward sporadically and weren’t able of breaking the deadlock.

Whenever Real did get past Miranda & Co, they continued to find Jan Oblak in their way. The ‘keeper was the best player on the pitch in last week’s encounter and did well on Wednesday night to deny Hernández, Ramos and Varane.

Just before half time Oblak made his most impressive save when he blocked an attempt by Cristiano Ronaldo from close range.

Atlético on the other hand hardly ever went near Iker Casillas and failed to create any danger off their notorious set pieces. In-form striker Antoine Griezmann was largely invisible and was subbed off early on by Simeone.

With so few opportunities over the course of two games, Atlético have little to complain about, although this feels like a lost opportunity for revenge of last year’s Champions League final considering we’ve again fallen to a late goal.

Real Madrid Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid 1 0 Atlético Madrid
Hernández 87' 
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 22 April 2015
Kick Off 20:45 CEST

Team Lineups

Real Madrid
Casillas
Carvajal
Varane
Ramos
Coentrao (91')
Pepe
Kroos
Isco (93')
Rodríguez
Ronaldo
Hernández (91')
Substitutes used
Arbeloa (91')
Jese (91')
Illaramendi (93')
Atlético Madrid
Oblak
Juanfran
Miranda
Godín
Gámez
Arda
Tiago (86')
Koke
Saúl (45')
Griezmann (65')
Mandzukic
Substitutes used
Raúl García (65')
Giménez (86')
Gabi (45')

Match Stats

Possession
6634
Shots
194
On Target
82
Corners
104
Fouls
1512
Yellow Cards
23
Red Cards
01
  • t2team

    atletico need to buy David silva or Juan mata. they really lack of creativity in the mid! also a replacement for Tiago…
    many may not agree but i think atletico need to replace mandzkic with a pacy striker like Icardi!!!
    finally oblak proved his worth! going to be a amzing keeper. my team for atletico next season
    ————————–oblak———————–
    –juanfran—-godin——gimenez—fillipe luiz—-
    ——————-koke—–mario——————
    ——david silva——————–turan———–
    ———–griezmann—–Icardi—————–

  • Kris

    Pretty sad about the loss and the game stats.. 🙁 Next game though. We can’t change what happened here so we just gotta move on.

  • atleti10

    That was pretty shit. Team didnt look like it was battling it was holding on with the odd moment of fight. That cant happen again. If we want to play counter attacking then Mandzukic has to go and be replaced with real speed and talent and a new winger has to be brought in.

    Otherwise have a little more faith, stick to what we do well but have a little more ambition when we have the ball. Watching Atleti can be a struggle a times even when we win but when we lose its awful viewing.

    Griezmann off? Gimenez on? They were gonna score in extra time if not in 90 against a tired 10 men. Surely we had to grab a goal..

    Im not dissapointed with the defeat but with the manner of it.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Simeone is one of the best 6 or 7 coaches in the world right now, and he is definitely the best coach for Atleti, but there’s still a big room for improvement for him, some strange decisions in the line-up and much stranger substitutions were the main reason for the defeat tonight, but the first one to realize that is Simeone himself, and he will learn from that, I’m very sure

    I was one of those who kept asking to give Oblak a chance, and I knew he is a good GK, I’ve watched him many times last season with Benfica -one of the teams I love- but to be honest, I didn’t expect him to be that great .. I wish the fans don’t forget what he have done tonight because of the defeat
    I don’t know if there is any club in the whole world who managed to have 3 back-to-back world-class goalkeepers in just 5 years !
    Is it luck ?! .. is it good eye ?! .. is it great work from the coaching staff ?! .. or is it all the three together, I can’t say, but I guess I can say that this time we can hold on Oblak for much longer time than we hold on De Gea & Courtois, things are much different now

    And by the way, I was pleased when I saw him having an interview in Spanish after the game, it’s true that he did appear on the club’s Youtube channel earlier this season answering the fans questions in Spanish too, but that was recorded, while tonight it was live
    Some might say that there is nothing special about that, but Arda -after 4 years still can’t speak Spanish- , and Mandzukic who is also living his first year in Spain just like Oblak still didn’t master the language, and I was really upset when I heard Simeone saying that he doesn’t speak with Mandzukic too much because of the language barrier, I was upset with both of them, with Mandzukic for not working harder to learn Spanish, and with El Cholo for not learning English, the lingua franca of this time
    I’m really happy for Oblak and happy that we have Oblak, but I’m still mad about that he was benched after just one bad game, and about getting his chance only because Moya’s injury, just like Gimenez & Miranda !

    Speaking of Miranda, I’ve criticized him many times this season, but in both legs vs Madrid I saw Miranda of the last 2 seasons, BUT I would still sell him in the summer and make some money from him before he leaves for free the summer after that, and even if he agreed to renew his contract -which I highly doubt from a Brazilian who is represented by Jorge Mendes- he will turn 31 in September, and our team obviously need to get younger

    I will say it for one last time : I don’t believe that Gamez is a better left back than Siqueira, not in the attack (obviously !) and not even defensively, at least in my opinion, yes he has a dangerous and effective throw-ins, but this isn’t Stoke City -with all due respect- , this is Atletico de Madrid, we should have much higher standards
    Gamez is very good as a back-up right back, but not as a first-choice left back

    I am not mad or disappointed, despite that the opponent was Real Madrid and that we picked the most important game of the eight to lose against them, and despite that we had a good chance to go throw with the many absences for Madrid, because we really didn’t deserve it, we didn’t work for it, and we all know that if it wasn’t for Oblak the aggregate of the 2 games would have been at least 5-0, and even if we passed throw, with this squad it’s very difficult to reach the final rather than winning the title
    Maybe we can do it next season after some reinforcements, and not too many, we really have a good team, we didn’t lose 6-1 like Porto, we just need 3 or 4 players, a left back, a central midfielder, a winger/playmaker and a world-class striker

    We still have 6 finals to play, 18 points are too much, nothing is secured yet, not even the 4th place despite the 6 pts gab between us & Sevilla. The 3rd place is a matter of life or death to us, we can never survive without the CL, not even for one season, and the 4th place and the play-offs is a very dangerous gamble . Elche game is as important as tonight’s, even more, and it won’t be easy with the fatigue and the disappointment, and with our bad habit of suffering against small teams, and without Simeone on the bench
    I wish I can repeat what I’ve said in the beginning of my comment, that he will learn from that, but I’m not so sure, while I’m very sure that Arda & Raul will never learn and will keep receiving too many and very absurd yellow cards, which sometimes turn into red
    I’ve talked a lot about these two this season, in many occasions they made very disappointed and very angry, but no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to make me hate them, not a chance .

  • AaX

    AFTER ALL THE HARDWORK TO NOT CONCEDE AN AWAY GOAL IN THE FIRST LEG, THE WRONG TACTICAL APPROACH TO THIS IS PLAYING CONSERVATIVELY AND UNENTERPRISING !! (NOT GOING FOR THE KILL – UN ATLETICO)

    SIMEONE MADE SOME DAMAGING DECISIONS :
    1) STARTING OUT DEFENSIVELY NOT OFFENSIVELY
    2) SUBSTITUTING GRIEZMANN
    3) NOT BRINGING IN TORRES OR OTHER PACY STRIKER FOR MANDZUKIC
    4) PLAYING FOR SET PIECE GOAL OR PENALTIES (Negative and encouraging more defensive game and silly fouls when we didn’t
    need to which we have payed the price!!)

    MISSED GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR C LEAGUE PAYBACK BECAUSE THE TEAMS TRUE CAPABILITIES IS SURELY BETTER THAN OF REALS.

    ATLETICO SHOT HIS OWN FOOT AGAIN.DESERVING THE OUTCOMING RESULT

    NOT PROUD OF HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED TO BE PLAYED (NOT WITH OUR STRENGTH OR TACTICALLY SOUND).

    SAME OLD PROBLEM, TOO SCARRED WHEN CAME TO REALIZING ONE’S OWN TRUESTRONG POWER FOR POTENTIAL NEW ROLE AND POSITION.

    RID IT OFF!! YOU WILL ASCEND. AMEN

    P E A C E

  • Max Huber

    I agree with every single word of your comment! Last night I really was very disappointed about the way they played, because I know they can be better – every one (exept Oblak – he was a genius!). Yesterday it was a shame to watch them – no style, no idea, no connection between the players – just parking a bus! They simply didn´t deserve to play in a CL – semifinal! Unfortunately I recognize that the team is getting worse and worse and I think there are also other reasons – run-down players like Griezmann and Juanfran, Mandzukic is not fully fit and he won´t be the rest of the season if he is forced to play! Koke makes many bad passes, no real left-back,…! Simeone HAS TO BUILD UP Jimenez – he has quality and a good working ethic – he deserves more playing minutes! Yesterday Simeone should have started with Torres, because he really was eager to win the CL with his Atletico – he would have given his all and we all know that he can explode in such important games – provided that the whole team would have tried to play more offensive!
    All in all Atletico really needs to change a lot in the summer (some of you already mentioned it), in particular their discipline problems!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    The entire world has been saying the same thing, so there’s no need for me to even point blame on the decisions made or the strange subs that occurred. On to the next one and I hope this nonsense isn’t repeated for the rest of the season.
    P.S I’ve never been thrilled with Mandzukic

  • aileen

    Sadly, no reflection about what is going on in the first half.No substitutions that time .Bad choice of starters(Mandzukic who is not fully fit and probably doesn`t communicate well with a staff and mates speaking Spanish ) as well as Griezmann who has great matches only in La Liga).Finally -bad substitutions (it was predictable that man who throws his boots is not able to keep his nerves in such a game) As you said not the result but style dissapoints.Can`t understand what was the idea, the tactics?! To defend the draw and finally score five penalties ( not Casillas case, maybe it could be possible with another GK, but not him) defending as much as possible (who knows, maybe Oblak could make even more miracles;)?Simeone is a very good coach but should review some points.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I like Jimenez very much, and it seems that almost everybody here does as well, and that makes me very happy, because we have seen him for only 810 minutes, divided on 26 games, but it was enough for the people here to have a big faith on him, and that shows that they understand football and understand Atleti

    If we are going to sign a striker next season and let one of Mandzukic-Torres-Jimenez go, I would pick Mandzukic, although on a personal level I respected him too much in the last few weeks after he went to Simeone’s office and talked to him about his injury and after the incident with Carvajal, beside his great work ethic the whole season, but on sport level, the guy just doesn’t fit in our system

    About Arda & Raul, I hate their behavior, but I do not want them to leave, in fact, I want them to retire with Atelti, but
    I would definitely give Raul much less minutes next season and I would release him from his duty as a vice captain, because he is not a captain, maybe he is one of the team’s leaders, but the captain armband is a different story
    While Arda is one of the team’s pillars, and if we kept Oliver & Correa next season, Arda’s yellow cards won’t be a problem, they actually will be a solution for Simeone’s big dilemma of rotation !
    And if I remember correctly, that was the first red card for Arda with us (beside the one from the bench in the super vs Barca), and he really was unlucky, the man committed only 3 fouls last night, and received a yellow in 2 of them

    Anyway, the real and the biggest discipline problem is Simeone’s, and all the players are a reflection of him, if Simeone behaved better all the players will do too .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    No, you’ve never been,
    And also you’ve asked for a chance for Oblak almost every week, and you were right about both of them

  • Chewie

    Garcia is the team’s muscle, not heart hence he shouldn’t be the vice-captain. Why not Godin? – he’s been with us for a while and he’s a calm and decent guy, plus an undeniable authority as a player.

    Mandzukic is instrumental in destroying the rhythm of the game, battling, arguing, being a pain in the ass. But I don’t believe we need to be like that. Not anymore. By the way, Raul can do exactly the same thing and he’s even better in the air.

    So get rid of the Croat, bring back the third Torres (with Juanfran and Fernando we’ll have a team of raging bulls) and prepare Correa, sprinkle with Griezmann’s brilliance and Koke’s intelligence, let Saul take over the midfield, and you’ll get – on paper – a team with supreme potential… And a black hole of left flank that sucks in our chances for success.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Godin is currently the 2nd vice captain after Raul, and if Raul was “stripped of his rank” Godin should be automatically the first vice captain, then probably Koke will be chosen as the 2nd vice captain
    But there is no way Simeone would do that do Raul, one of his most trusted soldiers, he did it to Tiago, but it was after his long hesitation in signing a new contract