Tyler Adams’ late deflected strike in the 88th minute saw RB Leipzig reach their first Champions League semi-finals after beating Atletico Madrid by 2-1 in Lisbon on Thursday.
Atletico gained control early into the game, with Yannick Carrasco back in the team after a gap of two years, testing Peter Gulacsi at his near post with a fierce drive. Both the teams faired well enough, against each other going into half-time with the scoreboard on 0-0.
Soon after the half-time, it was the German side who struck first, with Dani Olmo scoring in the 50th minute.
That strike – and the introduction of their £113m playmaker Felix – woke Atleti up, with the Portugal international bringing his side level to 1-1,from the penalty spot in the 71st minute of the game.
Things seemed pretty much under control for both the teams as the match was nearing extra time with both the teams poised at 1-1. With two minutes of normal time remaining in the game, the United States international Adams snatched victory from the Atletico, as he scored in the 88th minute of the game, with a deflected shot from outside the box, thus cementing Leipzig’s spot for the first ever Champions League semi-final. Adams became the first American to score in UCL quarter-final
Leipzig now go on to meet Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals, in Lisbon, on Tuesday.
RB Leipzig 2 – 1 Atletico Madrid
Dani Olmo 50’
Joao Felix 71’ (P)
Tyler Adams 88’