Last night’s second-leg semifinal matchup between Bayern Munich and Atlético de Madrid will go down in history, no doubt about it. 2-1 Bayern, 2-2 on aggregate with an away goal for Atleti.
What a fucking game.
Bayern ended with almost 70 percent possession on the night, a whopping 33 shots (11 on target) and 652 passes completed to Atleti’s seven shots (four on target) and 256 passes, but it wasn’t enough to push past Cholo and co.
Xabi Alonso (who was pretty dang sensational on the night) opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a free kick finish that deflected off of 21-year-old Uruguayan defender José Giménez and into the net.
— Danilo Costas (@DCostas8) May 3, 2016
1-0 Bayern, 1-1 on aggregate.
Así los alemanes ahora tras el gol de Xabi Alonso pic.twitter.com/p0HIooGtZy
— San Cadilla (@SanCadilla) May 3, 2016
I've seen it all now. Culés celebrating a Xabi Alonso goal.
— Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) May 3, 2016
Then – no more than two minutes later – a Giménez foul in the box led to a Thomas Müller strike from the penalty spot. Not to fear, colchoneros. Don Jan Oblak to save the day!
Penal para el Bayern pero Oblak les dice que NO! https://t.co/mMmsNMqGSd
— LaCascara.TV (@la_cascara) May 3, 2016
Build the man a statue.
Acá en Madrid están buscando lugar para la estatua de Oblak. #CHAMPIONSxESPN
— Fernando Palomo (@Palomo_ESPN) May 3, 2016
Oblak salvó a Giménez y le dio vida al Atlético. Pero, a este ritmo, tendrá que ser mítico lo del arquero.
— Daniel Arcucci (@daniarcucci) May 3, 2016
It was at this moment that most of us found ourselves thinking, “What the fuck could possibly be going through your head right now, Giménez?” But keep in mind, this youngster can ball.
Atleti's Gimenez with a meager resume for a 21 year old. Years of UCL. Marking MSN/BBC. Word Cup and Copa America with Uruguay..
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) May 3, 2016
Would you be surprised if I told you that Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone were fighting before half? No, of course not. Franck Ribery played peacemaker (who would have guessed?)
Also does anyone realllly want Ribery to get involved in a scrap
— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) May 3, 2016
Hey, Mono Burgos was still smiling. Which is all we really care about anyways, right?
Ribery trata de calmar a un exaltado Simeone. ¡El Mono Burgos siempre le pone una sonrisa! pic.twitter.com/pgXcgEQo2y
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) May 4, 2016
By the time the whistle blew, Bayern was up 15-2 on shots at goal. Something had to be switched.
El Bayern ha hecho media hora extraordinaria. Una exhibición de cómo generar ocasiones a un equipo cerrado atrás.
— Alberto López Frau (@alberlopezfrau) May 3, 2016
Lo mejor para el Atleti es que solo pierde 1-0 para lo que ha sido el primer tiempo, francamente. Una superioridad tremenda.
— Julio Maldonado (@MundoMaldini) May 3, 2016
Me? Well, I was half-wishing I was in Cholo’s locker room.
Simeone made one sub to start the second half, but that Atleti swagger seemed like it had somehow been brought back in full force. Augusto Fernández off, Ferreira Carrasco in.
Upon the completion of the match, Cholo commented that he “appealed to their pride” at halftime, “to do what has helped us get to this stage. We were able to start finding ourselves after the PK that Oblak saves. We regrouped in the dressing room.”
Whatever he did worked, because by the 54th minute, his team was level, thanks to Antoine Griezmann:
En la imagen del gol de Griezmann NO HAY MANIPULACIÓN. Lo q sí está manipulado son las cabezas de algunos. VÍDEO https://t.co/HJxlfhFitS
— Isaac Fouto (@isaacfouto) May 3, 2016
— Josep Pedrerol (@jpedrerol) May 3, 2016
And just in case you thought his goal was offsides:
1-1, 1-2 on aggregate. With two goals needed against an impossible and impenetrable defense, we were all thinking it:
Needing two goals against Atletico Madrid is like needing a unicorn that can take you to a planet made of ice cream.
— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 3, 2016
Then, Robert Lewandowski fired back. 2-1 Bayern, 2-2 on aggregate.
Doble cabezazo en el área, gol de Lewandowski
Bayern Múnich 2-1 Atlético. pic.twitter.com/ghhJ9jFl1j
— Roberto Bonafont (@RobertoBonafont) May 3, 2016
Ten minutes later – minute 84 – El Niño Torres had his chance to seal the deal with a sweetly slotted PK. It would’ve been too good to be true, wouldn’t it? This is the UCL semifinals, of course we need the added drama of not one but two missed penalties.
Penal para el Atlético y Neuer se pone la capa!! https://t.co/CrqzubxXBr
— LaCascara.TV (@la_cascara) May 3, 2016
CÓMO QUE EL NIÑO TORRES NO ES OMAR BRAVO?
— Rodrigo López (@pincherodri) May 3, 2016
The game wouldn’t have been complete without Simeone doing something to get him another touchline ban, to be sure. So amidst classic Cholo chaos, he decided to slap his assistant coach on the shoulder. “Slap” is perhaps putting it lightly.
Simeone about to commit a crime of passion.
— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) May 3, 2016
After five minutes of stoppage time and frantic fútbol around the Atleti goal box, the game ended 2-1.
2-2 on aggregate, Atlético de Madrid advances to the Champions League finals for the third time in club history.
I do live for Thomas Müller tears so feeling super powerful rn pic.twitter.com/9lc1RIUvXv
— Mer•ce•des ❤️ just admiring my own gallantry (@DuskySprngfield) May 3, 2016
Simeone described his team’s identity as “non-negotiable” following the game’s conclusion. “Regardless of the situation, we move forward.” Led by a legend like Juanfran, anything is possible.
Don Juan Francisco Torres Belén cumple sus promesas https://t.co/ASjeuLKLQA
— Juanan Mota (@JuananMota) May 3, 2016
Now to find out who will join them: Real Madrid or Manchester City.
El Atlético de Madrid, resumido en una foto. pic.twitter.com/sR1h4cs5R5
— Fran Guillén (@guillenfran) May 4, 2016