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The Atlético Madrid dealt a tough elimination to Manchester United of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford by winning 1-0so that will play the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the sixth time since it is led by Diego Simeone from the 1-1 achieved in the first leg.

For many minutes, United handcuffed Aleti, but their dominance ran into goalkeeper Jan Oblak when the Swede Anthony Elanga was already savoring his goal, but the Slovenian drowned out his cry.

Atlético Madrid responded with a shot from Rodrigo De Paul -a great performance- for David De Gea to shine as well. The game was even at times, with local dominance and with CR7 plugged in, but very away from the area. The Portuguese star offered a lot of support, but he was not where he was needed: in the 9 position.

And without Cristiano’s goalscoring instinct, United are inoperative up front. And the back is not firm either. Simeone’s team warned Joao Félix with a disallowed goal for offside by Marcos Llorente. Later he unmarked Griezmann, sent a center to the far post and Renan Lodibrand free, scored head no opposition before going to rest.

It was enough to bare the shortcomings of a poor English team and stunted. In counterpart, the Colchonero -who told as well with the entry of Angel Correa near the end- he made up for the lack of brilliance with intelligence, brawling, and block play.

Atlético Madrid had to maintain the advantage. A volley from Sancho that went very high and a header from Varane that took out the huge Oblak helped to fasten a magical result at Old Trafford.

Benfica also struck

In Amsterdam, Nicolás Otamendi’s Benfica beat Lisandro Martínez’s Ajax 1-0 (Nicolás Tagliafico went to the bench) and also got the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, as the first leg match ended 2-2.

A splendid Uruguayan Darwin Núñez headed goal in the complement, partly thanks to a bad start by the Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana, gave the classification to the Portuguese, against a Dutch team that was favorite to pass the tie and that he dominated the match, but he lacked gunpowder in the final meters.

Benfica’s defense was fine, especially when advancing the line to bring down the local forwards in an offside position. At the stroke of halftime, an aerial duel between goalkeeper Onana and Otamendi ended with the defender of the National Team on the ground and he had to be treated by doctors, although he was able to continue playing. Already in the complement, Otamendi combed it, Vertonghen headed again and the ball crossed the area without finding someone to finish off.

Ajax continued to dominatelooking again and again for the Franco-Ivorian sebastien hallerwhat didn’t have his night and wasted a great head chance one minute into the epilogue. The classification of Benfica made them jump for joy to the 5,000 Portuguese who attended the Johan Cruyff Arena.


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