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Dominant Atlético ease to Milan triumph

Published: Tuesday 11 March 2014, 22.48CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 4-1 AC Milan (agg: 5-1)
Diego Costa's two goals and strikes from Arda Turan and Raúl García took Atlético into the last eight for the first time since 1997.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoMilan

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts13
 
11
on target7
 
5
off target6
 
6
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
10
Passes530
 
654
completed391
 
507

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 11 March 2014, 22.48CET

Dominant Atlético ease to Milan triumph

Club Atlético de Madrid 4-1 AC Milan (agg: 5-1)
Diego Costa's two goals and strikes from Arda Turan and Raúl García took Atlético into the last eight for the first time since 1997.

Club Atlético de Madrid will contest a UEFA Champions League quarter-final for the first time in 17 years after Diego Simeone's side eased past AC Milan with a dominant second-leg display.

Diego Costa's late first-leg header had put the Rojiblancos in a strong position in the round of 16 tie and the Spain forward was quick off the mark in the return to put his team ahead on the night. Kaká's equaliser in a frenetic first period gave the visitors hope, but Arda Turan's deflected effort restored the hosts' cushion and second-half goals from Raúl García and Costa completed an emphatic victory.     

In the build-up, both coaches had hinted at strategies that belied the game's opening, Clarence Seedorf pointing to the importance of scoring and Simeone highlighting control and caution. As early as the third minute, a loss of control from Milan's Michael Essien allowed Gabi to snap up possession and feed Koke, whose raking centre was expertly diverted in by the flying Costa.

Looking to add to an impressive 15 wins in their last 16 European home matches, Atlético persisted in attack, Koke again the provider and Diego Godín poking narrowly wide. Jolted into life, Milan began to mount a challenge that led to their 27th-minute leveller, Kaká – on target here with Real Madrid CF in 2009 – dipping to head in Andrea Poli's right-wing cross with the help of Juanfran's deflection.

The game had suddenly changed direction and with the home fans' nervousness palpable, the seven-time winners came again, Kaká nodding narrowly over. Simeone roared his disapproval and his players responded, regaining the lead with a touch of fortune when Arda's shot from García's chested pass clipped Adil Rami and wrong-footed goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. Their nerves settled, García's overhead kick flashed just wide as Atlético chased more goals. 

As one of only two sides still unbeaten in the competition this term – Madrid being the other – Atlético took charge after the break, Costa rifling wide before Gabi struck the outside of a post. With Milan tiring, the decisive blow came 19 minutes from time, García rising above Nigel de Jong and Rami to head Gabi's free-kick past the despairing Abbiati.

Appropriately, Costa would have the final word, picking up possession from substitute José Sosa to fire in low off the upright. A member of the last Atlético team to reach the quarter-finals, losing to AFC Ajax in 1997, Simeone will soon have his chance to make amends.

Last updated: 30/04/14 23.03CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

milan

Milan

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
13
RamiAdil Rami
Yellow Card7
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
15
EssienMichael Essien
Substitution68
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
16
PoliAndrea Poli
6
KokeKoke
Substitution82
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Yellow Card5
Goal71
Substitution72
22
KakáKaká (C)
Goal27
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Goal40
Substitution78
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card70
14
GabiGabi (C)
27
TaarabtAdel Taarabt
Substitution46
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Goal3
Goal85
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
20
JuanfranJuanfran
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Substitution78
23
MirandaMiranda
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card45+2

Substitutes

1
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
9
VillaDavid Villa
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution78
4
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution78
12
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
7
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution46
Yellow Card74
24
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution72
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution68
26
DiegoDiego
Substitution82
81
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Clarence Seedorf (NED)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Jake Collin (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Lee Probert (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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