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RB Leipzig marks a place in Champions League semi-finals after 11 years

After shocking Atletico Madrid 2-1, RB Leipzig is in the Champions League semi-finals eleven years after its foundation.

With a deflected goal from Tyler Adams, who ricocheted past Jan Oblak off Stefan Savic, Leipzig stole a 2-1 lead in the 87th minute.

Leipzig opened the scoring earlier in the 51st minute, through Dani Olmo, who headed a cross past Jan Oblak, before €126 million striker Joao Felix won and converted a penalty for Atletico in the 70th.

When Saul Niguez stumbled into the box Atletico Madrid was already denied a penalty appeal in the 13th minute and another in the 61st when Rena Lodi hit the ground.

Replays suggested keeper Peter Gulasci may have clipped the heel of Saul but it was far from definitive, while Lodi picked up a yellow card for an apparent dive.

Earlier in the summer after a £ 54 m move from Timo Werner to Chelsea, Leipzig came into the tie without the focal point of their attack.

This season for Leipzig, Werner scored 34 goals when the starting XI had scored just 43 between them in their first quarter-final at this stage.

Nevertheless, with center-back Dayot Upamecano bringing the ball out three times from behind and implying that he is a defensive perspective from the top drawer, the German side was the only team playing innovative football in a boring first half.

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Their deserved lead came early in the second half when Olmo’s late charge from midfield met the fine cross of Marcel Sabitzer and he flicked a header beyond Atleti ‘s renowned keeper Jan Oblak’s dive.

If the lack of danger from Leipzig was due to the absence of a person, the problems with Diego Simeone’s side were more systemic.

However, the addition of a £100m+ Diego Costa replacement made the difference much as in PSG’s Wednesday night fightback. From the start, Felix has been outstanding, winning a penalty with a driving run into the area and then converting the penalty with faith.

Simeone, who seemed willing to play for extra time as he told his side to settle in, stymied however any sense of a shift of momentum.

Yet a brilliant pass from Sabitzer freed Angelino into space, and after reaching Adams, the powerful shot of the United States midfielder sailed off Stevan Savic’s heels past a stranded Oblak.

RB Leipzig 2 – 1 Atletico Madrid

Goals: 1-0 Olmo 51′, 1-1 J. Felix 71′, 2-1 Adams 88′

Yellow cards: Klostermann (R), Kampl (R), Haidara (R); Lodi (A), Gimenez (A)

RB Leipzig: Peter Gulasci, Lucas Klosternamann, Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg, Konrad Laimer (Adams 72′), Marcel Sabitzer (Mukiele 90+2′), Kevin Kampl, Angelino, Daniel Olmo (Schick 83′), Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunku (Haidara 83′)

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Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak, Renan Lodi, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Kieran Trippier, Yannick Carrasco, Saul Niguez, Hector Herrera (J. Felix 58′), Koke (c) (Felipe 90+2′), Diego Costa (Morata 72′), Marcos Llorente

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