Atletico Madrid passed up a golden opportunity to progress to the Champions League semi-finals as they were knocked out by RB Leipzig on Thursday night.
Goals from Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams saw the German side book a deserved place in the last four, while Atletico are left to think about what could’ve been.
Stefan Savic and Marcel Halstenberg were involved in a hefty clash of heads in the first half.
Both players needed treatment to mend cuts, sporting headbands for the rest of the evening.
Until Joao Felix came on, Yannick Carrasco shouldered much of Atletico’s attacking threat.
His shot which was saved by Leipzig’s Peter Gulacsi was the only moment of note for Los Rojiblancos going forward in the opening 45 minutes.
If a player deserved to be on the pitch at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, it was Angel Correa.
Atletico’s spirited forward wasn’t able to travel to Lisbon after testing positive for coronavirus and his team missed him.
Did anyone really think Atletico were favourites to win the Champions League this season?
Leipzig are a good team but they came up against an Atletico side far from their best in Lisbon.
Some had wanted to label Simeone’s men as a strong contender to win the trophy, but Julian Nagelsmann left those optimists with egg on their face.
Joao Felix was the only ray of light for Los Rojiblancos, who struggled to create chances before he came off the bench.
The 20-year-old single-handedly pulled the Spanish side back on level terms, but he couldn’t do it all by himself.
As always, Simeone pushed his players and the officials to the brink from the touchline.
His obsession with the Champions League grows by the year but, as usual, he exits the competition feeling disappointed.