Atletico Madrid vs. RB Leipzig score: Tyler Adams' late winner sends German side to Champions League semis
RB Leipzig have a date set with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semifinal
RB Leipzig have officially booked their ticket to the Champions League semifinals, where they will face off against Paris Saint-Germain for a spot in the competition's final. A late goal from young American Tyler Adams helped sink their Spanish opponents, Atletico Madrid, in a 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Here's what to know and see from the dramatic 90 minutes:
Tyler Adams, American hero
Tyler Adams has been a wild card in recent games for RB Leipzig, playing in any combination of positions as deemed necessary for his squad to be successful. Today, that positioning yielded success that his club has never seen before in its albeit short history. Adams' time to shine came in the final moments of the match when he felt confident enough to take a shot from just outside the box at the end of a counter from his team.
Adams' shot was fired hard and true toward goal, but received just enough of a deflection to send Jan Oblak the wrong direction and see the ball in the back of the net.
Joao Felix gives Atletico life
Though it wasn't hope that lasted until the end of the game, Atletico's chances of pulling a late victory came thanks to the talents of Joao Felix. His magnificent run into the box forced a desperate clumsy challenge from Lukas Klostermann, who had no choice but to lunge himself in front of the Atletico man. Felix earned the penalty, and he was the one to take it.
Though Peter Gulasci guessed where Felix was going with his short run-up, the shot was hit so confidently that the Leipzig keeper had no chance at stopping it.
Leipzig's pressure finally breaks through
From the jump Leipzig showed that they were going to force Atletico to play their deep backline style with heavy offensive pressure on their end. It was a style that created a bit of a slugfest in the early goings of the match. But RB Leipzig came out with a sharper focus on this strategy in the second, which allowed them to finally break through.
Let's rate some of the notable performances on the day, with one being the worst and 10 being perfection:
Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig
Came in and was the hero with his first goal for the club. Talk about a super sub. RATING: 9
Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig
Fantastic in the air, on the ground and in between. An absolute superstar with all of the potential in the world. RATING: 9
Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid
Not his strongest game and was lucky not to get a card or two. Didn't show his normal creativity. RATING: 4
A look ahead
Leipzig moves on to the semifinals, where they'll face PSG in a matchup of clubs who have never made it to a UCL final. The second of the semifinals is yet to be determined.
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Atletico Madrid 1, RB Leipzig 2 (FINAL)
⚽RB Leipzig: Olmo (50')
⚽Atletico: Felix - PK (71')
⚽RB Leipzig: Adams (88')
"If Messi is not close to his best, I find it difficult to make a case for Barcelona to go through."@kate_abdo, @Carra23, Roberto Martinez, @AlexScott, and @Pschmeichel1 give us their analysis before tomorrow's showdown. pic.twitter.com/fqZvSJ3tv4— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020
"This feels very much like a European Championship or a World Cup. It doesn't feel like the @ChampionsLeague."@Pschmeichel1 believes the new format changes the system of play for every team in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/cEiMwCjUgS— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020
"That's what youth gives you. It's almost a naivety that allows you to be arrogant with your football."— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020
Roberto Martinez believes this RB Leipzig team will be playing with confidence heading into their match vs. PSG. pic.twitter.com/2V9XW5fdiU
Julian Nagelsmann is younger than:— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) August 13, 2020
He's managing in a Champions League semi-final.#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/u2k20UIF8w