Diego Simeones Atletico Madrid were knocked out of this seasons Champions League after failing to beat Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen at the Metropolitano Stadium
Joao Felixwanted to take Atletico Madrids last-gasp penalty in their dramatic 2-2 draw againstBayer Leverkusenon Wednesday evening.
Yannick Carrascomissed a 99th-minute spot kick, as the Spanish giants were dumped out of theChampions League. Diego Simeones side needed to beat Leverkusen in Madrid to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages of this seasons tournament.
Felix was filmed talking to Carrasco before the decisive miss and he appeared to say to his team-mate Ill shoot it. The Portuguese talent, who is yet to confirm his desire to take the penalty, looked devastated after Carrasco wasted the must-score opportunity.
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Carrascos miss will forever be remembered as one of the most dramatic moments in Champions League history. The Belgian blasted his effort straight at goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky before Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez hit the crossbar with the follow up.
The ball then fell to another Atletico player, this time defender Reinildo Mandava, but his low drive deflected off Carrasco and went over the bar. French referee Clement Turpin blew the final whistle once the ball was out of play, ending a dramatic few seconds.
Atletico wouldve moved within two points of second-place Porto in Group B with a win against Leverkusen. They couldve then qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League by beating Porto in their final group game, yet that dream is now over.
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Instead, Atletico must beat Porto to guarantee their place in the Europa League. If they fail to do so, Leverkusen can leapfrog them into third by beating Club Brugge in their final group match. Belgian side Brugge have already progressed, of course.
Atletico were expected to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League when the draw was conducted at the beginning of the season, as neither Brugge, Porto nor Leverkusen are regarded among the favourites to win the prestigious competition.
Yet their failure to beat Brugge and Leverkusen on home soil has cost them dearly. Its proving to be a tricky season for Simeones side. Theyre already eight points behind leadersReal Madridin the LaLiga title race and five behindBarcelonain second.
Pressure is growing on Simeone, who is approaching his 11th anniversary in charge of Atletico. Hes achieved remarkable success in Madrid - winning two LaLiga titles, two Europa Leagues, two European Super Cups, the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana.
Simeone has also led Atletico to two Champions League finals - losing both to local rivals Real - but his team have struggled of late, as they finished third in LaLiga and failed to win a trophy last season. Yet the Argentine insists hes still the right coach for the job.
Its the hardest moment, but Im going to continue insisting on this club to get something we need - such as the Champions League, said Simeone after Wednesday evenings game. His existing deal is due to expire in the summer of 2023.
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