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Atletico Madrid through to the Champions League final despite 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich

For the second time in three years, Diego Simeone has guided Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final

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Atletico Madrid are through to the Champions League final for the second time in three years thanks to an away goal from Antoine Griezmann. In a game that was poised on a knife-edge thanks to Atletico's 1-0 victory at the Calderon in the first leg, the second leg did not disappoint.

Bayern started far better than the hosts and had already asserted their style on the game within minutes of its start. They were bossing possession and it appeared Atletico were all lost at sea. Diego Simeone opted for the assuredness of Augusto Fernandez in the centre of midfield opposed to the speed of Yannick Carrasco and his side were struggling.

The Argentine pulled down David Alaba on the edge of the square after a half an hour and Xabi Alonso's free-kick snuck between the legs of Jose Gimenez on the edge of the wall which would draw the tie level. Just moments later, Gimenez was at the centre of more heartache for Atletico fans when he pulled down Javi Martinez from a corner and the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, awarded the home side a penalty. Thomas Mueller stepped up and struck a penalty to Oblak's right. It just happened to be the exact same direction the Slovenian dived to and the game was still a draw.

Half-time arrived with Atletico Madrid players and fans breathing a sigh of relief. A change was need and a change was forthcoming.

Simeone introduced Yannick Carrasco for Augusto and despite Bayern's early dominance, Griezmann had sprinted clear and shot past Manuel Neuer to draw the game level on the night, but giving Atletico the lead over the course of the tie. It would also mean Bayern would have to score two in order to advance. With Atletico's defense in such fine form, there was a massive doubt as to whether that was possible.

Bayern huffed and puffed and eventually managed to go ahead on the night when an Alaba cross was met by Vidal in the air and headed home by Robert Lewandowski. Bayern were winning the battle but losing the war.

Atletico had the chance to seal the deal when Javi Martinez pulled Fernando Torres down and awarded a penalty to the visitors. Torres struck to the same spot as Mueller and Neuer dove to the same spot as Oblak and the result was exactly the same. Penalty missed. Chance gone. The game was still in the melting pot.

Atletico still had to hold on for a further six minutes of normal time and six additional minutes. It was not always easy and Bayern looked dangerous but there is no team in the world, let alone Europe, who you would rather have in that position that Simeone's men. They answered all questions asked of them at the Allianz Arena despite losing on the night.

The next big questions is "can they remedy the heartbreak of the 2014 final?"