Atletico Madrid edge PSV on penalties to reach last eight

Juanfran’s spotkick seals tie after second leg stalemate

Atletico Madrid players celebrate their shootout win over PSV. Photograph: Afp

Atletico Madrid players celebrate their shootout win over PSV. Photograph: Afp

 

Atletico Madrid 0 PSV 0 (Agg: 0-0, Atletico win 8-7 on penalties)

Atletico Madrid came through a tense penalty shoot-out to advance past PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League last-16 encounter.

Following a goalless draw in Holland last month, neither side could find a way through in an entertaining 120 minutes at the Vicente Calderon either, although Jurgen Locadia and Fernando Torres both hit the post at either end in an open contest.

Players from both teams managed to find the net with regularity during the spot-kicks, though, until PSV substitute Luciano Narsingh rattled the 15th attempt against the crossbar, allowing Juanfran to convert his penalty and send the 2014 finalists through.

A stalemate did not look in prospect during a first half when the hosts created a raft of opportunities which Koke was largely responsible for creating.

He teed up Antoine Griezmann to fire at Jeroen Zoet before Diego Godin headed Koke’s resulting corner narrowly over in a bright start from Diego Simone’s side.

Atletico keeper Jan Oblak was fortunate that he did not push Marco van Ginkel’s cross straight into Luuk de Jong’s path while Zoet was alert to save from an offside Griezmann after Hector Moreno had got a slight touch on Yannick Carrasco’s cross.

Saul Niguez almost capitalised on another Atletico set-piece that PSV failed to deal with and Jose Gimenez reached Koke’s corner to nod wide in another example of the home side’s threat from dead-ball situations.

It was not all one-way traffic, however, as PSV created the best opening so far when Locadia’s curling effort was pushed on to the woodwork by Oblak.

With the keeper still on the ground, De Jong could not head past defender Filipe Luis, whose own header to keep the ball out narrowly evaded the incoming Van Ginkel.

Simone brought on Torres to try and force a winner and after he landed a cross onto the roof of the net, he forced Zoet into parrying a shot from a tight angle against his near post.

In extra-time, Lucas Hernandez and Griezmann both came close for the hosts and PSV boss Phillip Cocu then made the controversial call to replace top scorer De Jong with Narsingh with two minutes to go.

Players from both sides then kept their nerve in the shoot-out, including Torres, Gimenez and Filipe Luis, all of whom were in sudden-death situations.

Narsingh was the first to slip up when his effort crashed against the frame of the goal and Juanfran rolled in the decisive spot-kick to send Atletico through.

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