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Champions League Barcelona OUT

It is was the end of the road for European Champions Barcelona as they fell in the quarter-finals after going down 2-0 to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Champions League Barcelona OUT

Barca went into the match with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg but ended up losing 4-3 on goal aggregate and with it cut short Coach Luis Enrique’s hopes of winning a treble this season.

This was the second time that Atletico is ending Barca’s hopes of a last four and the Catalan side will blame their poor defending for the ouster.

atletico celebrate

Image Source: The Guardian

First, the Barca backline did not come down on Griezmann as he slotted home the opener and then the second came late in the match from a penalty after Andres Iniesta had handled in his box.

The European Champions came into the match having lost three out of their four matches in all competitions and were a shadow of the team that conquered Europe last year.

And with Lionel Messi struggling to score goals nothing much was expected from the Catalan side who for the fifth time in a row did not find the back of the net.

The match was not without drama as the referee was forced to book eight players.

barca

Image Source: The Guardian

Benfica VS Bayern Munich

In another match, Bayern Munich edged out Benfica to secure their fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final place as the return match ended 2-2.

The German side had secured a 1-0 win from the first leg but was soon trailing after Raul Jimenez headed home to put Benfica ahead.

benfica vs bayern

Image Source: The Guardian

However, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller scored to put the Germans back in control.

Even a late free kick curled in by Telisca could not help Benfica progress.

Bayern celebrate

Image Source: The Guardian

 

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