Atletico Madrid defeated Barcelona 1-0 in the second-leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie. The goal scored by home-grown talent Koke was enough to keep the visitors at bay, thus, advancing to the semifinals of the prestigious competition.
Barcelona attacked relentlessly in the second half, but the Atletico Madrid defense stood firm throughout. In addition to their defense, their offense found plenty of holes in the final third, but were simply unable to utilize on those chances. Barca were lucky to only lose 1-0, as the home side managed to rock the woodwork a total of three times in the opening 45 minutes.
Without Diego Costa up top and Arda Turan dictating play in the midfield, the home side were arguably missing their two most influential players on offense. However, they still managed to keep a possessive side quiet on the goal front, as Neymar and Lionel Messi both struggled to find good openings on frame.
With this loss, Barca can now only look forward to the Copa Del Rey final next week against Real Madrid and winning the La Liga domestic title, as it is a three-way race between them, Atletico Madrid and Real. They have what it takes to win both and should use this loss as motivation to do so. The beauty of the league race is that they host Atletico on the final match day, which could potentially decide which of the two wins the league.
Atletico now have to worry about Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Chelsea, as they will be facing one of those three sides in the semifinals. They crushed Chelsea in the European Super Cup a couple of seasons ago, they defeated Real Madrid once this season in the league at the Bernabeu, and Bayern would be a new adventure in recent times. If they had to choose an opponent, it would certainly have to be Chelsea, as they are the least likely to win it all.