LaLiga side Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League after losing 2-1 to RB Leipzig on Thursday evening.
Dani Olmo opened the scoring for Leipzig before João Félix grabbed the equalizer from penalty kick. Substitute Tyle Adams’s late deflected strike sent Leipzig into their first-ever Champions League semi-final.
Atletico Madrid had a corner from the left-wing, Jiminez rose high to get his head on the centre, but it was blocked before Gulacsi raced off his line and appeared to collide with one of the Saul in the box. Was it a penalty? VAR was called into action but the decision was that it was just an accidental clip of Saul’s heels by Gulacsi as the two players went for the ball near the right byline.
There was another penalty appeal but this time from Leipzig after a wayward clearance hit Gimenez on the hand in the box but there as no way they were going to get that. Atleti center-back knew nothing about it and there was no need for VAR.
In the second half, Leipzig finally took a deserved lead as the Bundesliga side worked the ball nicely around the Atletico area, before slipping in Sabitzer down the right of the box. From his inch-perfect center, there was the Spaniard to guide a close-range header past a helpless Oblak for his 13th – and most important – the goal of the season.
Felix played a lovely one-two with Costa on the edge of the box, before collecting the return and charging into the area and having his run upended by Klostermann’s lunging challenge and that was definitely a penalty.
And it is that man Felix who confidently stepped up to place the penalty past Gulacsi, despite the Leipzig ‘keeper diving the right way.
Leipzig retook the lead as Sabitzer’s glorious flicked pass released Poulsen and his clever pull back picked out the unmarked Adams on the edge of the box, with the substitute’s low drive being deflected past a helpless Oblak.
Leipzig will now meet Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final, who beat Atalanta on Wednesday night.