Atletico enters Champions League semi-finals for first time in 40 yrs

Johannesburg, Apr 10: Spanish side Atletico Madrid have gone ahead to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 40 years following a 1-0 win over Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Defeat ends Barcelona’s run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals.

According to Sport24, Koke put the hosts, who were missing top-scorer Diego Costa through injury, in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez’s headed pass.

Both sides had penalty shouts waved away just before half-time as Koke went down under pressure from Javier Mascherano before Cesc Fabregas claimed he had been caught by Diego Godin, the report added. (ANI)