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Football: Atletico stun Barcelona, holders Bayern progress

Atletico Madrid's resurgence continued on Wednesday just a year after they were forced to sell leading scorer Radamel Falcao to reduce their huge debts as they eliminated Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years. A goal by Koke -- who has been with the club since he was eight years old -- saw them deservedly beat Barcelona 1-0 on the night and progress 2-1 on aggregate and perhaps also register a changing of the guard at the top of Spanish and European football.

Football: Koke winner sees Atletico past Barca into semis

Atletico Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 40 years with a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Koke put the hosts in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez's headed pass. Atletico also hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, but were given a late scare as Neymar came within inches of taking the game to extra time when his header went just wide. Defeat ends Barcelona's run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals.

Football: Koke winner sees Atletico past Barca into semis

Atletico Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 40 years with a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Koke put the hosts in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez's headed pass. Atletico also hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, but were made to hold on in the final stages as Neymar came within inches of taking the game to extra time when his header went just wide. Defeat ends Barcelona's run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals.

Football: Five facts on Atletico Madrid

Five facts on Atletico Madrid after they beat Spanish rivals Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals: -- Atletico Madrid are coming out of four decades in the football wilderness. They have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1974. -- They join Real Madrid in Friday's draw and if pitted against each other it will be a repeat of the 1959 European Cup semi-final. Real needed a replay to win then with the legendary Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas scoring in the 2-1 win.

Football: Five facts on Atletico Madrid

Five facts on Atletico Madrid after they beat Spanish rivals Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals: -- Atletico Madrid are coming out of four decades in the football wilderness. They have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1974. -- They join Real Madrid in Friday's draw and if pitted against each other it will be a repeat of the 1959 European Cup semi-final. Real needed a replay to win then with the legendary Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas scoring in the 2-1 win.

Football: Atletico's Diego Costa misses Barca return

Atletico Madrid's top scorer Diego Costa was not even fit enough for a place on the bench as his side aim to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals when they host Barcelona on Wednesday. The Spanish international limped off with a hamstring injury after just half an hour of last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg of the quarter-final tie at the Camp Nou.

Football: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona starting line-ups

Starting line-ups from the Champions League quarter-final, second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday: Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Thibaut Courtois; Juanfran, Diego Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (capt), Tiago, Raul Garcia; David Villa, Adrian Lopez. Barcelona (4-3-3) Jose Manuel Pinto; Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Xavi (capt), Andres Iniesta; Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas. Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) afp

Football: Five facts on Real Madrid

Five facts on Real Madrid who reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday by beating Borussia Dortmund of Germany: -- The kings of European football were founded in 1902 as Madrid Football club. They became Real Madrid after earning a royal stamp of approval in 1920 from King Alfonso XIII. The royal crown is part of their team logo. -- Real have won a record nine European Cup and Champions League titles (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002). They have not reached the final since though.

Football: Five facts on Real Madrid

Five facts on Real Madrid who reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday by beating Borussia Dortmund of Germany: -- The kings of European football were founded in 1902 as Madrid Football club. They became Real Madrid after earning a royal stamp of approval in 1920 from King Alfonso XIII. The royal crown is part of their team logo. -- Real have won a record nine European Cup and Champions League titles (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002). They have not reached the final since though.

Football: Rooney set to ignore pain to face Bayern

Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney is set to face holders Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg, aided by a pain-killing injection after he trained on Tuesday. The 28-year-old missed United's 4-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday due to a toe injury, sparking fears that he could be forced to sit out Wednesday's return leg at Munich's Allianz Arena with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 after the first match.
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