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Atletico send Cristiano and Manchester United packing

A 1-0 win away at Old Trafford was enough for Diego Simeone to lead his Atletico Madrid side into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night, edging Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate.

The LaLiga Santander side were much the better team in the first leg and unfortunate to only draw 1-1 in Spain. They will, as a result, feel as though they were more than deserving of their progression.

United, though, started relatively well in the return leg but found themselves behind to Renan Lodi's first-ever Champions League goal, which proved to be the only one of the game.


Anthony Elanga was a particular threat for the hosts and only Jan Oblak's head stopped him from opening the scoring with a close-range effort early on. Although Rodrigo De Paul had a chance for Atletico, United kept coming and Diogo Dalot came close.

Atleti did have the ball in the net with just over half an hour played when Joao Felix converted a Marcos Llorente cutback, but the strike was ruled out as Llorente had been offside before teeing up the Portuguese.

They didn't have long to wait for their goal though, again opening United up on the break.This time, though, Felix was involved in the build-up and laid off to Antoine Griezmann who, in turn, put a cross in for Lodi to finish at the near post.

United dominated the possession in the second half, but Atletico stood firm and never looked overly threatened.


After the final whistle was blown and Diego Simeone was running towards the corner of Old Trafford to go into the tunnel, United's home fans there a number of objects at the coach, some appearing to make contact with him.

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