After eliminating their Spanish rivals from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid has another big task in the Champions League. On Wednesday, they host Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semifinals.
Atletico has been on a roll since they edged Barcelona 3-2 over two legs in the quarterfinals. Overall, they've won their last five games, including a 2-0 win over Barcelona in Game 2 of the quarter-finals at home. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in that game, sending Atletico to the semifinals for the second time in three years.
Bayern held on for a tough 3-2 aggregate win over Benfica, including a nail-biting 2-2 away draw in the second leg. Arturo Vidal scored in both legs and Thomas Muller added one in the second leg; Bayern has won three in a row since that game. They return to the semifinals – where they lost to Barcelona last season.
This is the third time that these two teams have met. They faced each other in two legs of the 1974 European Cup Final. The first leg resulted in a 1-1 draw, and Bayern scooped up a 4-0 win in the second leg.
Soccer : Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich Meet in Spain
After getting eliminated by Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League last season, Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid – the team that eliminated Barcelona this season. The match is the first leg of the semifinals and is set for Wednesday.
Both teams won 3-2 in the quarterfinals, with Atletico taking out Barca, and Bayern eliminating Benfica. Both teams have met just once before for a two-leg European Cup Final in 1974; the first leg resulted in a draw, and the second leg saw Bayern defeat Atletico 4-0.
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have scored eight goals each in the Champions League for Bayern; meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann has netted seven for Atletico.