Lisbon: RB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory in their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to reach the competition`s last four for the first time in their club`s short history. With two minutes of normal time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outside the box to set up a semi-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
The German side had taken the lead in the 51st minute with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo but a disjointed Atletico were shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st. Atletico, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, looked more likely to score the next goal but it was the club founded only eleven years ago who were left celebrating in front of the empty seats of the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Now the team, built up from the lower leagues and owned by energy drinks company Red Bull, will come up against Neymar and company with a chance at a place in the Aug. 23 final. As with all games in this `final eight` mini-tournament, there were no fans to witness the drama but it was clear from the outset that Leipzig felt at home among European football`s elite.
They fired an early warning shot when Marcel Halstenberg was picked out at the back post but his difficult volley flew off target. Atletico responded with Yannick Carrasco bursting in from the left and firing towards goal but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi reacted well to push the effort wide.