Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has said he is not thinking about the chances of his side playing in the Champions League final, which is to be played at Wanda Metropolitano.
Atleti prove too strong for youthful AS Monaco
It took the home side just 90 seconds to break the deadlock when Filipe Luis successfully found Koke with a 25-yard pass. The captain hit a weak shot which looked destined to head straight towards Diego Benaglio, however the ball took a massive deflection off 17-year old defender Benoit Badiashile and ended up in the opposite end of the goal.
Los Colchoneros continued to look the superior side and in the 24th minute doubled their lead. Angel Correa successfully made his way in to the box and with help from a slip from Jemerson easily found Antoine Griezmann in the centre of the box to tap in from close range.
In the 65th minute Stefan Savic was lucky to escape a straight sending off having raised an elbow at a corner. That luck ran out 17 minutes later however, when the Montenegrin was shown a second yellow for a handball in the box. Falcao stepped up to take the resulting penalty and although he sent Jan Oblak the wrong way, he saw his effort go wide and the game was effectively over.
Borussia Dortmund joined Atléti in the next stage after a 0-0 draw with Club Brugge at the Westfalenstadion. Atleti travel to Girona this weekend in La Liga with Monaco hoping to achieve a second Ligue 1 win of the season at home to Montpellier.
What did Diego Simeone have to say after the win?
“That the final being here is not something we think about because that is a long way away,” Simeone told reporters at his post-match news conference.
“The game in general was very good by the team for the first 70 minutes, we knew how to start the game, press them, find space and do them damage.
“We maybe lacked a bit of energy after Saturday’s game [at home to Barcelona] and in the last part of the game the opponent grew. Falcao gave them something extra, and the game was a bit more difficult.
“Until now we have had a very good Champions League campaign, apart from the game at Dortmund. We have to wait and see how the last games go and who we get in the draw.”
Radamel Falcao receives honour on return to the club
The 32-year-old may have missed a penalty against his former club, but he was fondly remembered by players, club officials and fans before the game on Tuesday evening.
Falcao scored an impressive 70 goals for Atleti between the years of 2011 and 2013, before he left for spells with Monaco, Manchester United and Chelsea.
He posed with Diego Godin and former player Abelardo Rodriguez before kick off and got a brilliant ovation when he came on during the second half.