#UCL Atletico Knock Barcelona Out Of Champions League

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who won their group ahead of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, have been rewarded with home and away legs against German giants Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, having had to make do with finishing second in their group behind Barcelona, will play Ligue 1 side Monaco, hosting the principality side in the first leg. The third Premier League club still involved in the competition, English champions Leicester CIty, won their group and as a result are set to take on Spanish side Sevilla. Elsewhere, holders Real Madrid will lock horns with Serie A side Napoli, and fellow Spanish giants Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain. RELATED NEWS STORIES: Arsenal and Liverpool Fans Think We Look Like Champions, For Sure – Ex-Chelsea Star Arsene Wenger Sets Minimum Absence Period For Shkodran Mustafi Yes, Stance Has Changed, But No Asking Price Set – Wolfsburg Sporting Director On Arsenal Target Pace, Power, Teams Will Struggle To Contain Arsenal, Stoke Boss Admits Class Is Permanent – Leeds United Star Hails Jamie Vardy’s Hat-Trick Portuguese giants Benfica meanwhile have to contend with Borussia Dortmund for a place in the quarter-finals. The second Portuguese side still involved, FC Porto, are to take on Juventus. Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile play Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The Round of 16 first legs are due to be played over 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd of February, with the return legs being set for 7th to 8th and 14th to 15th March. The final this season is at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3rd June. 2016/17 Champions League Round of 16 Draw Manchester City vs Monaco Real Madrid vs Napoli Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich vs Arsenal FC Porto vs Juventus Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona Sevilla vs Leicester City

This year’s European Champions league has provided its share of upsets at the Quarter final stage.

Unbeaten in 39 matches before their loss to Real Madrid, Barcelona were seen as strong favorites to win the Champions league.

Two goals from Suarez in the first leg ensured that Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1. Atletico’s efforts weren’t helped by Fernando Torres who received his marching orders in the first half.

Diego Simeone’s side knew it would require a masterful performance to stop Barcelona. Atletico Madrid came out with every intention of methodically securing a win.

Leaving Barcelona with all the possession, Barca were hard pressed to create any real chances as Atletico hit them on the break quickly.
Atletico’s talisman Antoine Griezmann popped in the first goal and Atletico’s players ensured that the attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar had a quiet evening.

What is a Barcelona European match without some controversy? Andres Iniesta’s clear handball in the box for which he should have received a red card was ignored by the referee who had a perfect view of the incident.

However, the referee awarded a penalty which Griezman converted to seal his brace and ensure Atletico secured a 2-0 and a 3-2 aggregate win.

Atletico will have a rock of a defense as well as an unyielding midfield to thank for the result. We also get to see more of Simeone’s theatrics in the semi final.

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