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    Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi look at Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli (2nd R) April 13, 2016. | Photo: AFP

Both Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich won their quarter final ties 3-2 on aggregate.

Spanish club Atletico Madrid and German giants Bayern Munich are through to the Champions League semi-finals after doing enough in their quarter final second leg ties on Wednesday night.

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Atletico, managed by the energetic Argentine Diego Simeone, perhaps pulled the shock of the tournament so far by beating reigning champions Barcelona 2-0 at the Vicente Calderón Stadium thanks to goals from  Antoine Griezmann either side of halftime.

Griezmann sealed victory with a penalty in the 88th minute.

Atletico overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first round of the tie to stun the Catalonians, who were well below their best, to win the round 3-2 on aggregate.

Barca were denied a clear penalty when Gabi handled just inside the area, despite fervent protests from Barca's players.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi failed to score for the fifth game in a row for his club, and Neymar and Luis Suarez were left frustrated by a solid home defense.

Portuguese side Benfica gave Bayern Munich a scare at the Estádio da Luz after they took the league through Jimenez Rodriguez on the 27th minute to draw the tie level. The Germans secured a 1-0 victory in Munich last week.

However goals from Chilean Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller put Bayern in front before  Souza Conceição made in 2-2 on the 76th minute.

Bayern progressed 3-2 on aggregate, like in the night’s other quarter final, despite the draw.

The pair now join Manchester City and Real Madrid in the semi-final draw on Friday.


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