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Atletico Madrid 2-0 Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann goals dump holders out of Champions League

Published 13/04/2016

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates a goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates a goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico's Antoine Griezmann, right, starts to celebrate after passing Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, left, and scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Luis Suarez of Barcelona challenges Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Barcelona's Luis Suarez, right, passes the ball as Atletico's Diego Godin blocks the shot during the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis (C) vies with Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (R) during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSOCESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid players celebrate a goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi takes a free kicks during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid players celebrate after scoring a goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (L) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forwardÊLionel Messi during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSOCESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Luis Suarez (front) of FC Barcelona is challenged by Juanfran of Atletico during the UEFA Champions league Quarter Final Second Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona slips as he stops the ball during the UEFA Champions league Quarter Final Second Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions league Quarter Final Second Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Atletico's scorer Antoine Griezmann is lifted by his teammate Atletico's Gabi Fernandez, as they celebrate the opening goal during the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann(L) scores a goal past Barcelona's German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's midfielder Sergio Busquets (L) heads a ball next to Atletico Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Augusto Fernandez (C) and Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (R) during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Andres Iniesta of Barcelona takes on Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Barcelona's Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRECURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) gestures after missing a goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona reacts during the UEFA Champions league Quarter Final Second Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi look at Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli (2nd R) during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 13: Luis Suarez of Barcelona looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vincente Calderon on April 13, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Barcelona are out of the Champions League after Antoine Griezmann's brace sent Atletico Madrid through to semi-finals with a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg victory.

After returning from Camp Nou with a 2-1 first-leg deficit last week, Griezmann headed home in the 36th minute and then struck a late penalty to give Diego Simone's men a famous 3-2 aggregate win, sending them to the last four of the Champions League for just the second time.

Barcelona, who have now lost three of their last four games in all competitions as their season looks in danger of imploding, piled the pressure on in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to make the breakthrough which would have sent the game to extra time, meaning they bow out of this competition in the last eight to Atletico for the second time in three seasons.

Simone's men made all of the early running and almost enjoyed the perfect start, but Gabi fired just over from the edge of the area.

Despite allowing their visitors to dominate the ball - Barcelona enjoyed 78 per cent possession in the first half - Atletico were never troubled and kept the dangerous trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to scraps.

Their golden moment came nine minutes before the break as they went ahead on the night and in the tie overall by virtue of the goal they scored at the Nou Camp.

Saul was afforded far too much space on the right, but not as much Griezmann, who found himself completely unmarked at the near post and he had no problem in powering home his header from Saul's pin-point cross.

Barcelona's need to score after the break did not immediately change the pattern of the game and only the woodwork denied Atletico doubling their advantage in the 53rd minute.

Barca struggled to clear a corner and Saul jumped highest for a loose ball, with his looping header leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen stranded only for it to bounce off the crossbar and to safety.

Finally Luis Enrique's side upped the ante and began to camp in the final third, though found chances difficult to come by.

Andres Iniesta curled harmlessly into the hands of Jan Oblak and then Suarez also shot straight at the goalkeeper from 12 yards after expertly rolling his marker.

Atletico were enduring a nail-biting final 10 minutes, but they grabbed a crucial second in the 88th minute.

Filipe Luis galloped clear on the break and his ball to put Griezmann in on goal was cynically intercepted by the hand of Iniesta in the penalty area.

The Frenchman squeezed his spot-kick in to the bottom corner to give Atletico the aggregate lead, though the job was not quite done.

With Barca needing a goal to send it to extra time, Messi whipped a free-kick from the edge of the area - for a handball which occurred inside the 18-yard box - just over as the Catalan side missed out on the Champions League semi-finals for just the third time in 11 years.

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