Leipzig 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Leipzig: Daniel Olmo (50′), Adams (88′).
Atlético Madrid: Joao Felix (71′ P).
In the first half of the match, both teams had quite a lot of difficulties in approaching the opponent’s goal. The midfield area becomes really cramped.
With Leipzig, they continue to deploy the usual defensive play. Most of the players gather on the side of the field and launch counter-attacks as quickly as possible every time they win the ball. Long shadows are also frequently used.
Leipzig deploys a game rich in speed and is not afraid of disputes
Most of the most remarkable situations created by both teams came from crosses or long passes. With Atletico Madrid, they are really struggling with the aggressive play of the German representative. No goals were scored in the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, Leipzig deployed a pre-emptive attack. Atletico Madrid’s defense in a moment of distraction had to pay the price. In the 50th minute, Sabitzer had a cross on the right for Daniel Olmo to comfortably head in an unaccompanied position. The score was 1-0 in favor of coach Nagelsmann’s army.
Atletico Madrid did not create sharp coordination. However, they still had an equalizer scored by Felix on the penalty spot. Before that, it was his effort that caused the opponent defender to commit a foul in the penalty area. The match returned to the starting line in the 71st minute.
The defensive hole made Atletico Madrid stop in the Champions League
However, this is a match where the defensive block of coach Diego Simeone’s side has revealed deadly gaps. In the 88th minute, Leipzig had a chance to finish right in front of the 16m50 line. Adams’ cannon shot did not give goalkeeper Oblak any chance to save. The score is 2-1 in favor of the Bundesliga representative.
There is too little time left for Atletico Madrid to turn the situation around. Leipzig became the second team to win the right to play in the Champions League semi-finals. Earlier, PSG defeated Atalanta with the same score of 2-1.
Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg; Konrad Laimer, Marcel Sabitzer, Kevin Kampl, Angelino; Dani Olmo, Christopher Nkunku; Yussuf Poulsen.
Atlético Madrid: Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Renan Lodi; Koke, Hector Herrera, Saul Niguez, Yannick Carrasco; Marco Llorente, Diego Costa.