Last Updated: 09/04/14 10:02pm
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Atletico Madrid reached their first semi-final in Europe's elite club competition for forty years. They beat Barcelona 1-0 on the night at the Vicente Calderon and 2-1 on aggregate. In a breathless opening to the game, Diego Simeone's side struck both posts and the crossbar. They took the lead through Koke's fifth minute strike after good work by David Villa and Raul Garcia. Los Rojiblancos join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the last four!
WELL SAVED! Raul Garcia finds Cristian Rodriguez, who is clean through on goal, but his left-foot drive is parried behind by Jose Manuel Pinto.
The Blaugrana come forward again, but they are surprisingly resorting to pumping the ball into the box. Very unlike them!
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino calls for more from his side, but the home supporters lift the noise in the Spanish capital.
Gabi times his challenge, but Barca break through Dani Alves and Lionel Messi. It comes to nothing and Diego Godin earns his side a soft free-kick.
The Atletico supporters are showing so many emotions as a free-kick goes against Cristian Rodriguez.
Cristian Rodriguez replaces former Barca star David Villa for these remaining minutes. Can they hold firm?
NO PENALTY! Javier Mascherano bumps into David Villa and brings him down in the box but referee Howard Webb doesn't give it. It looked like a penalty on the replays!
OH DEAR! Gabi is clean through, but instead of putting his foot through the ball with only Jose Manuel Pinto to beat, he scuffs his attempt and the Barca goalkeeper saves.
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is orchestrating the home supporters, calling for more noise.
JUST WIDE! Dani Alves' right-footed cross is flicked wide of the far post by Xavi, who was left unmarked in the middle.
Lionel Messi has scored 19 goals in his last 20 Champions League appearances away from the Camp Nou. He hasn't had much of a look in so far tonight!
Atletico have a fine record in recent European appearances at home, having won 16 of their last 17 matches at the Calderon, including four in a row this season. However, they have not beaten Barca there since February 2010 and the Catalan club are unbeaten in five visits since.
Michael Fagbohungbe adds: 'If Atletico can hold on a little longer, if possible get another goal, then Barcelona are truly out of this.'
Jamaal Cleary from Oxford says: 'Barcelona have too many individuals for Athletico to hold out for 90 minutes, Messi will snatch it.'
REAL CHANCE! Xavi finds Neymar and he forces Thibaut Courtois into making a fine save. The Chelsea loanee then stumbles, but his defenders get him out of trouble.
Atletico are playing a high pressing game again at the start of this half now that they've had a much-needed breather.
David O' Connell says: 'This is going to go to the wire. I take Neymar to get the equaliser and then Barca to hold their nerve better and get through on penalties. No doubt, it will be a nail biter in the second half.'
Ben David emails in to say: 'Barcelona were worked out last year they walk the ball in instead of mixing it up if you got a good back four you always got a good chance to beat Barcelona.'
Barcelona's last eight Champions League goals have been scored in the second half. Just one would take this tie to extra-time! We're underway again.
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Atletico Madrid are now 4/6 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Barcelona 4/1 and the draw 9/4. Atletico and Barca are meeting for the fifth time this season but as yet neither side has managed a win. David Villa to score next is 10/1, while Lionel Messi is 7/2. I went for Atletico to win 1-0 tonight and that scoreline was priced at 9/1. If you fancy Barcelona to win 2-1, it's 10/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.
Atletico Madrid are closing in on their first appearance in the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition since 1974. They lead Barcelona 1-0 on the night at the Vicente Calderon and 2-1 on aggregate. In a breathless opening to the game, Diego Simeone's side struck both posts and the crossbar. They took the lead through Koke's fifth minute strike after good work by David Villa and Raul Garcia. We're going to be in for a special second half!
ANOTHER APPEAL! This time Cesc Fabregas appeals for a penalty after a tackle by Diego Godin, but the assistant is watching the incident and nothing is given. Another correct call in my book!
PENALTY APPEALS! Adrian Lopez claims he is brought crashing to the ground by Javier Mascherano, but referee Howard Webb gives a goal kick to the visitors. Replays show the Englishman in the middle made the right call!
Raul Garcia slices his attempted effort on goal. David Villa keeps it in play, but Barca soon win it back.
Jordi Alba has a dig at goal from fully 40 yards. Needless to say, it misses the target by a good distance.
The Catalans have enjoyed over 65 per cent possession, but the home side have had the better of the chances.
It's not nice to see players waving an imaginary card in the referee's face, but Howard Webb is experienced enough to deal with situations like that.
Raul Garcia hacks down Neymar and Barcelona players immediately protest to referee Howard Webb that he should have picked up a yellow card at the very least.
Andres Iniesta picks out Neymar, but Atletico players crowd the visitors out on the edge of the area.
Andres Iniesta miscontrols the ball, which doesn't happen too often. The hosts earn a throw in, but then Iniesta wins the ball back and gets a free-kick on halfway.
Barcelona have won just two of their previous seven Champions League matches against fellow Spanish sides (W2 D3 L2).
Andres Iniesta has a pop at goal, but his effort is tame and allows Thibaut Courtois to make a simple save.
Filipe Luis and Koke combine before David Villa's deflected cross is well handled by Jose Manuel Pinto at his near post.
ANOTHER MESSI CHANCE! Neymar nutmegs Tiago before delivery a low cross into the box for Lionel Messi who drags his effort wide of the near post.
Atletico have hit the woodwork three times already vs Barcelona; no team has hit it more in a Champions League game in the past eight seasons.
Raul Garcia rolls around the ground claiming his is struck on the head by Neymar. Referee Howard Webb does not want to get involved!
OFF THE CROSSBAR! Raul Garcia heads the ball over the top of the Barcelona defence allowing David Villa to smack his right-foot shot against the crossbar. That's the third time in the match Atletico had struck the woodwork. Amazing!
It's been a whirlwind start to the game and we've had just about everything in this opening quarter. I knew this was going to be good, but I didn't expect it to be this open!
WHAT A CHANCE! How did Lionel Messi miss that! Dani Alves' right-footed cross is headed wide by an unmarked Messi eight yards from goal.
OFF THE POST AGAIN! Barcelona are caught in possession again and Koke plays David Villa in, but the former Barca striker cracks his left-foot shot against the near post with Jose Manuel Pinto beaten.
That was Koke's seventh goal of the season in all competitions and his first in the Champions League.
Jose Manuel Pinto very nearly makes an almighty blunder as he tries to dribble the ball inside his own six-yards box. He gets away with it to a huge sigh of relief from head coach Gerardo Martino.
Barcelona are all over the place in these opening few minutes in the Spanish capital. They don't know what's hit them!
WHAT A START! Fabulous start to this game by Atletico Madrid, who take the early lead at the Vicente Calderon. David Villa's cross is headed back across goal by Raul Garcia and there is Koke to slot the ball home. Cue the celebrations!
Juanfran's throw falls to Raul Garcia who thumps his left-foot strike just over Jose Manuel Pinto's crossbar. That was almost similar to Diego's strike last week in the Camp Nou!
Jordi Alba is brought down for an early foul wide left. Xavi's delivery is headed away by Tiago. Lionel Messi then blasts his right-foot effort over over the crossbar.
How important will that first goal be I wonder? If Barcelona get it, you can't see them losing this. They're already keeping possession over the noise of these passionate home supporters.
These two teams are due to meet on the last day of the La Liga season in what could be the title decider. Barcelona will have to play at a high tempo to break down this stubborn Atletico Madrid side tonight. Diego Simeone's side are in their traditional red and white strip while the Catalans are wearing their all-black number. The colourful Vicente Calderon is jumping - quite literally - while the pitch is immaculate as Englishman Howard Webb gets the game underway.
Barcelona have not lost a match in the Champions League quarter finals since April 2003, winning eight and drawing seven of their games at this stage since while Atletico are trying to secure their first appearance in the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition since 1974
Atletico Madrid have won 16 of their last 17 ties in Europe at the Vicente Calderon and it's a stadium where Barcelona have not won in four years.
Tony Byford is also very excited: 'Expect to see Barca ease their way through in the same fashion the disposed of Real in el classico. Barca to go through. One or two nil on the night!'
Atletico are one point clear of Barca in La Liga after the weekend's games where Barca, with Lionel Messi among the scorers, beat Real Betis 3-1 and Atletico downed Villarreal 1-0 for their sixth straight league win. Los Rojiblancos have secured shut-outs in five of their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
Is anybody excited about this game as me? A 1-1 first-leg draw at the Nou Camp has tipped the balance marginally in Atletico's favour, with away goals a priceless commodity in European competition, but with no Diego Costa, can they do it? The Vicente Calderon will be like the 12th man in what's bound to be yet another tight encounter.
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Atletico Madrid are 23/10 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Barcelona 6/5 and the draw 5/2. Atletico and Barca meet for the fifth time this season but as yet neither side has managed a win. Each game has gone under 2.5 goals and that's odds-on to come in again, while a 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 draw is 3/1 in the correct score group market. Extra-time will be required if indeed it finishes 1-1 after 90 minutes. David Villa is 12/5 to score against his old club, but his former team-mate Lionel Messi dominates the goalscorer market at 7/2 to break the deadlock, 9/2 to score a brace and 6/4 to net in an away win. Barcelona have been awarded four penalties in their last five games, with Messi converting on each occasion. It's 5/2 for a penalty to be awarded at the Vicente Calderon, while Messi to score in 90 minutes is 10/11. I'm going for Atletico to win 1-0 tonight and that scoreline is priced at 9/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.
Adam Gill is like the fortune teller of Champions League football! 'I predicted the right result from the first leg and tonight's one will be 2-1 Atletico.'
'I am expecting an emotional match, with two contrasting ways of playing,' Diego Simeone said. 'One that relies on talent, possession and with a recent history of success, and ours based on humility, heart, effort and counter attacks. We will see who is the strongest in this battle of styles.'
You have to go back to 2003 to find the last time the Catalan giants came unstuck in a quarter-final contest - with eight wins and seven draws secured since then.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes his side need to score first if they are to overcome Atletico Madrid at a fifth time of asking in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tonight. La Liga's top two sides have drawn in all four previous meetings this season, including a 1-1 tie in last week's first leg at the Camp Nou. Atletico's stubborn defence has successfully limited Barca's creative players in all four games and Martino believes forcing Diego Simeone's men to take the initiative will be key to progressing to the semi-finals. 'Both teams know each other very well. I think both have played at a very high level in different styles, but what hasn't happened is that Barcelona have gone in front,' he said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. 'That is very important and even more so in this case. We will try to score first and that will allow us to manage the game in a different way.'
Chris Green from Huddersfield emails in to give his prediction: 'Barcelona to win 2-1, with Xavi and Messi scoring the goals.'
@LethalTweet7 Tweets: 'I think Atletico have a good chance but without Costa I think Barca will scrape through to the semi-finals!!!!'
ATLETICO MADRID TEAM NEWS: Atletico'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. 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. Adrian Lopez, who has scored just two goals in 31 appearances this season, takes Costa's place alongside former Barca striker David Villa in attack, whilst Raul Garcia replaces the injured Arda Turan in Diego Simeone's only other change from the first leg. Playmaker Arda Turdanmisses out as he continues to nurse a groin complaint.
BARCELONA TEAM NEWS: Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino makes just one enforced change as Marc Bartra replaces the injured Gerard Pique in central defence, partnering Javier Mascherano. Cesc Fabregas is expected to play in a more advanced role than he has done in recent weeks, alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi in attack, with Andres Iniesta - make his 500th appearance for the club - returning to his favoured position in central midfield. Carles Puyol (fitness) and Victor Valdes (knee ligaments) are absent.
ATLETICO MADRID TEAM (4-4-2): Courtois, Godin, Filipe Luis, Juanfran, Miranda, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia, Gabi, Adrian, Villa.
BARCELONA TEAM (4-3-3): Pinto, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Neymar.
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