Atletico Madrid sealed their passage into the Champions League quarter finals with a 0-0 (4-2 agg.) draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night. Diego Simeone’s side dominated play but were unable to find a way through a resolute visiting defence at the Vicente Calderon.
Leading 4-2 from last month’s first leg in Germany, Atleti had the better chances but were foiled time and time again by Bernd Leno. Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann both came close in the first half, but saw their first-half effort well saved by the Leverkusen goalkeeper. Goalless at the break, the second half began as the first had ended. Atleti pushed forward without luck as Leno and the visiting defence kept their side in the game. The best chance of the second half, however, fell to Leverkusen. This time it was Jan Oblak’s heroics which kept the game level, the Slovenian keeper pulling off a spectacular triple save to keep out Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland.
The result saw Atleti reach the quarter finals for the fourth consecutive year for the first time in their history, joining Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the final eight.