Barcelona is one half away from its earliest UEFA Champions League exit in seven years, but after half that saw Atlético Madrid hit both posts and the crossbar, the three-time champions are fortunate to be within one of the Colchoneros. With Gabi’s fifth minute goal all that separates the two sides at the Vicente Calderón, Atlético leads the reigning Spanish champions 1-0 (2-1, aggregate) with 45 minutes to go in their Champions League quarterfinal.
At the Allianz Arena, the defending champions have dominated play yet were close to falling behind early, with United attacker Wayne Rooney nearly giving the underdogs a 2-1 lead. Having controlled 70 percent of possession while outshooting their guests 13-1, Bayern has otherwise controlled tonight’s second leg, though neither team has managed a shot on target.
Today’s matches will decide who joins Chelsea and Real Madrid in the competition’s semifinals. Chelsea advanced yesterday with a comeback, away goals win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain, while Real Madrid survived a lopsided match at Borussia Dortmund to reach its fourth straight semifinal.