Bayern's dream shattered by away goal

KILLER GOAL: Atletico's Griezmann scoring the crucial away goal against Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Tuesday.


    May 05, 2016

    Bayern's dream shattered by away goal


    PEP Guardiola's Bayern Munich suffered a third straight Champions League semi-final exit to Spanish opposition on Tuesday, as Atletico Madrid reached the final on away goals despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat.

    Having won the first leg 1-0 in Spain, Atletico advanced thanks to Antoine Griezmann's crucial away goal in Munich as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

    Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski netted for Bayern on a night when both teams missed penalties.

    But it was Atletico who secured a spot in the final in Milan on May 28, where they will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

    "They were better but we scored an away goal, which was important," said Griezmann.

    Bayern and Guardiola will rue Thomas Mueller's saved first-half penalty, just after Alonso had given the hosts the lead by crashing home a free-kick.

    There was similar drama in the second half when Manuel Neuer saved Fernando Torres' late penalty attempt for Atletico.

    Diego Simeone's Atletico, level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with two games of the campaign left, face a busy few weeks as they prepare for their second Champions league final in three seasons.

    Meanwhile, with their dreams of a treble over, Bayern are left to focus on winning a domestic double in Guardiola's swansong.

    "I have given my life for this team, I have fought and given my best," he said.

    "We haven't reached a Champions League final but I am proud of this team."

    Bayern can become the first club to win four consecutive German league titles if they win at Ingolstadt on Saturday.