Leipzig, solid and realistic, beat Atlético de Madrid (2-1) in its own game, Thursday in Lisbon, to join Paris SG in the semi-final of the Champions League.
A phenomenon in cache in other. After Atalanta Bergamo, the Italian surprise that attacks all-out, PSG is preparing to meet another UFO in European football, on the road to its hoped-for coronation.
RB Leipzig, a club founded in 2009 which only playing C1 for the second time, growing up at the frantic pace of his talented youth, led by promising coach Julian Nagelsmann (33).
Despite the departure of his top scorer Timo Werner, who left for Chelsea this summer, the German club showed the extent of its reservoir: Spaniard Dani Olmo, 22, and American Tyler Adams, 21, scored (50th, 88th) to fuel the hope of a crazy epic in Portugal .
There is a bit of Ajax Amsterdam, who wowed Europe last season by eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus, in this team without complex which did not hesitate to challenge Diego Simeone on his ground, that of defensive solidity and physical intensity.
“It is an absolutely deserved victory, we were ns the best team. We defended with incredible passion, “relished Nagelsmann.
The Germans also enjoyed a bit of success, with this favorable counter on Adams' strike that left goalkeeper Jan Oblak unsolved.  This opportunity will inevitably leave some regrets to the Spaniards, who were pushing at that time to take the advantage.
Lisbon, site of the cruel defeat in the final of the C1 2014 against Real, will continue to haunt the “Colchoneros” who, this time, were however guided by a local: the Portuguese Joao Felix, recruited from Benfica against 126 M EUR last July, equalized on a penalty (71st) which he himself caused.
– Solid Upamecano –
The entry of the attacking midfielder (58th) coincided with the resumption of Forms Madrilenians who, until then, had not come up against the German bloc. Unbeaten since the resumption of competition in June, they were surprised by more meticulous than them.
Between two systems cut out for the game against, keeping the ball was equivalent to a trap: no team taking risk, the meeting got bogged down in a tactical cold war.
Atlético did honor its reputation as a rock, in particular thanks to the domination in the air of defenders Stefan Savic and José Maria Giménez.
But in face, the French Dayot Upamecano stood out in the duels, as well as the goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi on his line (13th), proving that Leipzig was not the second best defense in the Bundesliga by chance.
“They have surrounded very well the meeting, it was very difficult to prevent them from playing, from reading their movements, from being on their passing trajectories. They had a very good match, they were superior “, admitted Saul Niguez, midfielder of Atlético.
In the bizarre atmosphere of the José-Alvalade stadium, behind closed doors, rocked by the buzz of the nearby highway, the difference would be made on the rare errors.
When Marcel Sabitzer recovered a cross, Olmo headed an oversight by the Spanish defense, which left him unmarked. It was again Sabitzer, with a subtle deflection, which caused a delay at the origin of the second goal.
Adams, alone at 25 meters, took the opportunity to adjust a shot that Savic, helpless, diverted in his nets.
At the final whistle, the German substitutes ran towards the holders in a great scene of joy, which Leipzig discovers at this level. A breath of fresh air is blowing over Lisbon.
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