Atletico Madrid Wins on Penalties in Champions League Thriller

Atletico Madrid stages a dramatic comeback against Inter Milan, winning on penalties to secure a Champions League quarter-final spot.

Atletico Madrid Wins on Penalties in Champions League Thriller

Atletico Madrid produced a dramatic Champions League comeback on Wednesday night, defeating Inter Milan on penalties to book their place in the quarter-finals.  Their thrilling 3-2 win in the shootout showcased their resilience and defiance after trailing 2-0 on aggregate earlier in the match.  
Down a goal from the first leg, Atletico Madrid looked out of the Champions League when Federico Dimarco opened the scoring for Inter. However, Antoine Griezmann's swift reply leveled the score, and Memphis Depay's late strike forced the match into extra time.  Neither side found the net in the additional period, setting the stage for a nail-biting penalty shootout.

Atletico Madrid Champions League Resilience

Jan Oblak was the hero for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League shootout, saving penalties from Alexis Sanchez and Davy Klaassen. Lautaro Martinez's costly miss allowed Atletico to claim their thrilling Champions League penalty win and advance to the next stage of the competition.
"I think penalties are a lottery. Today, luckily, I stopped two," said Oblak. "We played well... we showed we can do much more."
This win marks a turnaround for Atletico, ending a run of poor form, and demonstrating their trademark grit and determination in the Champions League.

Inter Milan's Champions League Disappointment

The contrasting fortunes were stark. Inter Milan entered the match on a 13-game winning streak but found themselves unable to capitalize on their lead, a testament to Atletico Madrid's Champions League spirit.   
Despite chances to break the deadlock, particularly on the counterattack, Inter rued missed opportunities. Coach Simone Inzaghi expressed disappointment but acknowledged Atletico's fightback: "Once we went ahead, we needed to be better... At that moment, the match seemed in our hands, but instead, they got back into the game."

Atletico Madrid's Champions League Fightback

The match was an electrifying encounter at the Metropolitano, marked by both teams' desire to win.  Depay's powerful shot rattled the woodwork, and Rodrigo Riquelme almost stole the victory in normal time for Atletico.  
Atletico Madrid's Champions League pedigree shone through. Their unbeaten home record in knockout matches and the passionate home crowd fueled their resurgence from a dire situation. The win is sure to invigorate their fans, who use expressions like "Allez Atleti!" to show their support.

What's Next in the Champions League?

Now, Inter Milan shifts their focus to clinching the Serie A title, while Atletico Madrid eagerly awaits the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals.

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