Atletico Madrid Reach Champions League Quarterfinals After Penalty Shootout Win Over Inter Milan

Atletico Madrid Reach Champions League Quarterfinals After Penalty Shootout Win Over Inter Milan

Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Inter Milan 3-2 on penalties and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. The match at the Metropolitano Stadium was a tense affair, with both teams creating chances throughout.

Inter took the lead in the 33rd minute through Federico Dimarco, but Atletico equalized just two minutes later with Antoine Griezmann's goal. The match remained level until the 87th minute, when Memphis Depay scored a dramatic winner for Atletico.

In the penalty shootout, Jan Oblak saved two penalties, while Lautaro Martínez missed the final kick for Inter. Memphis Depay, Rodrigo Riquelme, and Ángel Correa converted their penalties for Atletico, while Hakan Calhanoglu and Francesco Acerbi scored for Inter.

Simeone was visibly emotional after the victory, shedding tears as he watched the Atletico fans celebrate. "It was moving," he said. "I'm happy for the players and for the fans. We are among the best eight teams in Europe again. That tells a lot about this club."

Oblak was the hero for Atletico, making two crucial saves in the penalty shootout. "In the end it's a bit about luck in the shootout," he said. "Because you have to choose the correct side and you have to make the stop. If the player takes the kick perfectly, it's impossible to stop it. Gladly, I was able to make the saves. What matters is the victory and that we made it to the quarterfinals."

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was disappointed with the result but praised his team's performance. "We must be proud of what we did in this Champions League," he said. "In the second half we should have done better. In extra time we had more energy but unfortunately we made too many mistakes."

The eight teams in the draw for the quarterfinals are Atletico, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Barcelona.

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