Madrid: Atletico Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 40 years with a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Koke put the hosts in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez's headed pass. Atletico also hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, but were given a late scare as Neymar came within inches of taking the game to extra time when his header went just wide.
Defeat ends Barcelona's run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals. "The atmosphere was amazing. It didn't affect Barca because they are used to those atmospheres, but it did influence our players. It gave us great positive energy," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
"We maintain the same humility. we understand that the other teams (in the semi-finals) have been there far more than Atletico Madrid.