UCL recap: Atletico knock out holders Barcelona, De Bruyne helps Man City see off PSG

Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League as Atletico Madrid stunned their La Liga rivals 2-0 to send Diego Simeone’s side into their second semi-final in three years.

Fernando Torres away goal in the first leg meant Atletico needed just a single goal to progress and did just that on 36 minutes when Antoine Griezmann headed home from Saul Niguez’s brilliant pass.

Antonie Griezmann's brace helped Atletico to a first win in seven against Barcelona image: sport.net

Antonie Griezmann’s brace helped Atletico to a first win in seven against Barcelona
image: sport.net

Barcelona could not find the equaliser that would have seen them through as Atletico doubled their lead in the 88th minute when Griezmann scored again, this time from the penalty spot after Andre Iniesta’s handball.

Real Madrid booked their place in the semi-finals for the sixth consecutive season, as the Spanish giants came from two-down in the first leg to record a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring on 16 minutes as he tapped in from Casemiro’s cross and the former Man United player headed home a Toni Kroos corner just a minute later to level things up.

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up his hat-trick and the goal to send Zinedine Zidane’s side into the semi-finals with a sublime free-kick on 77 minutes for his 16th Champions League of the season.

Bayern Munich rounds-up this year’s semi-finalists as a 1-0 win the first leg helped Pep Gaurdiola’s side into a fifth straight semi-final after a 2-2 draw at Benfica.

Raul Jiminez’s header levelled the tie up on 27 minutes to send Benfica 1-0 up on the night, but Arturo Vidal – who scored the only goal in the first leg- bagged a crucial away goal when he blasted home from just outside the box seven minutes before half-time.

Thomas Muller sealed the German’s side progress into the final four when he pounced from close-range as Javi Martinez headed Xabi Alonso’s corner kick into the German striker’s path.

Benfica did manage to hold the Germans side to a draw thanks to Talisca’s free-kick but it was Germans who progressed with a 3-2 aggregate win over the Portuguese side.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal as Man City reached the semi-finals for the first time image: skysports.com

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal as Man City reached the semi-finals for the first time
image: skysports.com

Man City are through to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pulled off a big shock they sent French champions Paris St. Germain out of the competition with a 1-0 win.

Sergio Aguero’s first-half penalty miss did not come back to haunt the Premier League side, as Kevin De Bruyne’s 76th minute right-footed curling effort was enough to send Man City through with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

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