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Guardiola Fails Again: Bayern Beaten By Atletico In CL Semis

MUNICH, Sporting Alert – Pep Guardiola has fallen to a Spanish side for the third straight season in the Champions League and Bayern Munich have crashed out of the competition in the semi-final stage again, losing to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone told BT Sport: “Very emotional. It was a very good first half by Bayern, they’re a great team. The missed penalty gave us life.

“We had to change a bit from the first leg in terms of how we played and we showed our strengths as a team. The penalty miss by Torres hurt us but in the end it was like a movie, thrilling, with five minutes extra time.”

The German champions won the second leg 2-1, but Atletico Madrid have to the advanced to final to play the winner of the tie between Real Madrid and Manchester City, via the away goal.

The Spanish side came into the second leg in front, after winning the first leg 1-0 at home.

Guardiola will now leave Bayern Munich as a failure, given that he took over a German side that had won everything, including the Champions league, the season before he arrived.

The former Barcelona European title winner has fallen in the semi-final in each of his three seasons.

On Tuesday, Xabi Alonso scored from a deflected free-kick in the 31st minute to even things up in the tie, but Antoine Griezmann beat the offside trap to even the score on the day and put Atletico Madrid 2-1 up.

“We’re delighted. It was difficult, a really hard game, we had a great opponent in front of us and we had to both defend and try to score. That’s what we did,” said Griezmann, who netted that all important away goal.

“They were better, but we scored an away goal, which was important. We need to keep grounded and first of all think of the Liga before the final.”

Leading striker Robert Lewandowski grabbed another goal for Bayern Munich in the 74th minute, but the team failed to collect the all important third goal.

The contest also saw Fernando Torres missing a late penalty kick for Atletico, while Thomas Muller, back in the starting line-up, failed to beat Jan Oblak with his spot kick in the first half for Bayern.

Bayern Munich Team to play Atletico Madrid: Neuer, Boateng, Lahm, Alaba, Martinez, Alonso, Costa, Vidal, Ribery, Muller, Lewandowski. Subs: Ulreich, Tasci, Thiago, Rafinha, Gotze, Coman, Kimmich.

Atletico Madrid Team to play Bayern Munich: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Luis, Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Saul, Griezmann, Torres. Subs: Moya, Savic, Lucas, Thomas, Carrasco, Correa, Vietto.

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