Football: Atletico Madrid stun Chelsea in London
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
ANKARA - Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid knocked English giants Chelsea out of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-1 defeat in London on Wednesday night, setting up a tie with city rivals Real Madrid.
Atletico’s victory marks their first final in Europe’s top-tier competition after a 40-year hiatus.
Chelsea's Spanish forward Fernando Torres opened the scoring in 36th minute, but "Atleti" struck back with their Spanish wing forward Adrian Lopez Alvarez one minute before the halftime whistle.
It meant the Spanish club would go through as it stood, with the advantage of an away goal against the background of a scoreless draw in London.
But Atletico Madrid pressed on in the second half, earning a penalty kick at 60’ which forward Diego Costa calmly converted into a lead for his side.
Atletico’s Turkish international Arda Turan sealed the game when he followed his own header bouncing off the post.
In the remaining time, Chelsea worked the ball in the box but Madrid's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, loaned out from Chelsea in 2011, did not allow English team to score.
Atletico Madrid will play against Real Madrid at Estadio da Luz (Stadium of Light) located in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, on May 24.
It will be the first time in UEFA Champions League history that two teams from the same city meet in the final.
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