Champions League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid1B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen0
Atlético Madrid win 3-2 on penalties

Atletico beat Leverkusen on penalties

By Jonathan SmithBBC Sport
Atletico Madrid's Mario Suarez scores the opening goal
Atletico Madrid's Mario Suarez scored the only goal
  • Atletico win in dramatic penalty shootout
  • Last year's finalists into quarter-finals
  • Suarez equalised after Leverkusen won first leg
  • Calhanoglu, Toprak and Kiessling missed penalties

Atletico Madrid reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Bayer Leverkusen on penalties.

Following a 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Germany, Atletico levelled the tie in the 27th minute when Mario Suarez's strike deflected in off Omer Toprak.

Raul Garcia went closest to a winner for Atletico in extra time but Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno saved.

Hakan Calhanoglu, Toprak and Stefan Kiessling all missed for Leverkusen as Atletico won 3-2 in the shootout.

Substitute keeper Jan Oblak was an unlikely hero for Atletico, last year's beaten finalists, after replacing Miguel Angel Moya, who limped off with a hamstring injury midway through the first half.

Oblak has failed to become Atletico's first choice since his £12.6m move from Benfica as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who returned to Chelsea after three years on loan.

But the 22-year-old Slovenian saved Calhanoglu's penalty after Garcia had missed the hosts' first kick.

Paying the penalty
Atletico had lost all three previous penalty shootouts in European football while Leverkusen had won their only previous shootout - against Espanyol in the 1988 Uefa Cup final

Atletico's Koke also had a spot-kick saved after Toprak missed before Kiessling blasted the 10th and final kick high over the bar, sending the Spaniards into Friday's quarter-final draw along with the already-qualified Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Porto and Monaco.

It was a cruel finish for Leverkusen, who were hoping to reach the last eight for the first time since since reaching the final in 2002.

Fernando Torres of Atletico Madrid
Fernando Torres scored a penalty in the shootout

They went in search of an early away goal with the lively Karim Bellarabi whipping a low shot wide while a Son Heung-min shot was calmly cleared away by Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic.

Atletico looked tentative at the back without experienced defender Diego Godin, who was suspended, while midfielder Tiago was also banned after being sent off in the first leg. And it seemed to get worse when Moya limped off.

But their fortune changed for the better in the 27th minute when Suarez's low strike flicked off Leverkusen defender Toprak and flashed past Leno, who was unable to react in time.

The Spanish champions almost doubled their lead minutes later with another deflection but Antoine Griezmann's effort clipped Lars Bender to curl wide.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone waved his arms furiously to rally the Vicente Calderon fans at start of the second half and they roared the Rojiblancos forward but they were restricted to half-chances for Arda Turan and Garcia.

Garcia almost won in it in extra time but his drilled shot was parried away by Leno to take the game to a penalty shootout.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone:

"I loved it. As I watched the match ending I could see we were back again among the best eight teams in Europe with Atletico Madrid in a stadium that was erupting. It left me with goosepimples.

"The fans delight me. The supporters don't realise the strength they give the players."

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres:

"I'm happy, delighted to see the stadium enjoying a match like this. I've often yearned to live nights like this in the Calderon, so it's a day to savour."

Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt:

"We are a young team with little experience and it is not easy to hang in there at a stadium like Atletico's.

"In the shootout we lacked concentration and calm. After fighting so hard we are very disappointed. But the players gave their all and so we leave feeling satisfied."

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes:

"After a penalty shootout it is difficult to analyse a game. We may not have shown enough courage, but a little luck is also necessary. It is bitter to exit on penalties. Atletico were the more active team and we were not confident enough."

Atletico Madrid players celebrate
Atletico Madrid players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout 3-2
Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling
Bayer Leverkusen comfort Stefan Kiessling after he missed the final penalty
Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid
Jan Oblak saves a penalty for Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone celebrates Mario Suarez's first-half goal

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá RumboSubstituted forOblakat 23'minutes
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de VargasBooked at 30mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 18GámezBooked at 72mins
  • 10Turan
  • 6Koke
  • 4SuárezBooked at 75mins
  • 22Gracia CalmacheSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 45'minutes
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forTorresat 83'minutesBooked at 110mins
  • 7Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 19Torres
  • 28Hernández

B Leverkusen

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Leno
  • 13Hilbert
  • 21ToprakBooked at 65mins
  • 5SpahicBooked at 26mins
  • 18WendellBooked at 89mins
  • 38Bellarabi
  • 27Castro
  • 8BenderSubstituted forPapadopoulosat 104'minutesBooked at 113mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forRolfesat 77'minutes
  • 10CalhanogluBooked at 78mins
  • 9DrmicSubstituted forKießlingat 69'minutesBooked at 102mins

Substitutes

  • 3Reinartz
  • 6Rolfes
  • 11Kießling
  • 14Papadopoulos
  • 17Boenisch
  • 19Brandt
  • 25Kresic
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
48,273

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamB Leverkusen
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away25

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1(3), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(2).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Atlético de Madrid 1(3), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(2).

  3. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Stefan Kießling should be disappointed.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1(3), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(2). Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1(2), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(2). Gonzalo Castro (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Koke (Atlético de Madrid) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Ömer Toprak (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Ömer Toprak should be disappointed.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1(2), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(1). Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1(1), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0(1). Simon Rolfes (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1(1), Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty saved! Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot is too high. Raúl García should be disappointed.

  13. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Atlético de Madrid 1, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.

  14. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.

  15. Post update

    Roberto Hilbert (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl García with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Koke with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65011551015
2PSG6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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