Tyler Adams’ deflected effort fired RB Leipzig past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.
Leipzig took the lead in the second half thanks to Dani Olmo’s header before Joao Felix came off the bench to win and convert a penalty with under 20 minutes remaining.
But super-sub Adams scored his first Leipzig goal to send the club through, seeing his drilled shot deflected off Stefan Savic and over a helpless Jan Oblak.
The result means the Bundesliga club will face French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final this week, while Atletico boss Diego Simeone’s Champions League hopes have once again been quashed.
The French champions will have mixed feelings about what they saw from Leipzig. The Spanish side was beaten by the better team in the quarter-finals, the manager conceded. Diego Simeone had no complaints about the manner of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League exit, insisting his team gave their all but RB Leipzig deserved victory.
Nagelsmann’s side showed spirit and patience to break down a regimented defence, and showed they still possess quality in attack.
But PSG boss Thomas Tuchel will be boosted by what he saw when Atletico’s forwards were given the chance to run at the Leipzig defence. Though free-flowing attacks were scarce, it was Joao Felix’s trickery saw Lukas Klostermann drawn into a clumsy challenge and Atletico equalise from the spot. With the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe waiting to be unleashed, Leipzig’s defence is sure to be in for a tough night in the semi-final.