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Published: 21:30 | 13/4/16

Atleti knock out Barcelona


Antoine Griezmann netted both goals, as Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon to knock out the holders 3-2 on aggregate.

The France midfielder opened the scoring on 36 minutes, heading Saul Niguez's outside-the-boot cross past Marc ter Stegen, before the Atleti defence produced a superb second-half display to shut out the much-heralded Barca forward line of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

And Diego Simeone's side made it 2-0 on 88 minutes, after Griezmann beat ter Stegen, just, from the penalty spot for his 29th goal of the season in all competitions.

Andres Iniesta, who gave away the penalty with a cynical handball that really deserved a red card, almost won a penalty of his own deep into injury time, but Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli ruled that Gabi's handball was outside the area.

The victory is Aleti's first over Barcelona since the Champions League quarter-final two years ago, while the defeat for the European champions means that no side have managed to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.

Atleti, Real Madrid and Manchester City will be joined in the semi-finals by Bayern Munich, who progressed 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-2 draw with Benfica at the Estadio da Luz.

Raul Jimenez gave the hosts the lead on 27 minutes, but Arturo Vidal's powerful 38th-minute drive and Thomas Muller's 53th minute strike killed the Portuguese champions hopes.

Substitute Talisca's 76th minute curled effort inside the near post made it 2-2, but Rui Vitoria's side were unable to find the two goals more they needed to prevent Pep Guardiola leading Bayern to the semi-finals for the third consecutive season.

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