Atlético de Madrid will not set foot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second time in their history. The rojiblancas fell in the round of 16 to Chelsea, the leaders of the English League, with an ordeal from the penalty shoot-out, a headache in the 180 minutes of the tie. Those of José Luis Sánchez Vera enjoyed three maximum penalties, two in the first leg and one this Wednesday in the second leg, and they missed all three. The blues had two, one a week ago and another this afternoon, and in both cases the ball ended up in goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl's net. The team led by Emma Hayes was superior in London, where they won 2-0 despite playing with one less footballer from minute 13, and drew 1-1 this Wednesday after Atlético's poor aim in the match played at the Brianteo stadium in Monza (Italy) due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic
Every time the rojiblancas reached three-quarters of the field, they stagnated. A bad pass, a long control, a deflected center, a free shot over the goal or a missed penalty. It was the trend of a meeting with a very dry grass in which Atlético deserved more but did not hit the decisive zone until injury time, when Emlyne Laurent finished a good combination with Njoya Ajara and Rasheedat Ajibade. The French player on loan from Lyon controlled the ball in the left area of the area and hit it with her right leg to the long post to finally hole in the 93rd minute Atlético's first goal in the tie.
Those of José Luis Sánchez Vera competed this Wednesday face to face, with intense pressure that did not let Chelsea run. The blues , who feel more comfortable on the counter, when Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder – the most expensive signing in the history of women's football – find spaces to launch themselves into the race, they lived much of the game without connecting with their best players. With a dry grass through which the ball ran extremely slowly, the Madrid women made mistakes time and time again in the final meters, when they were one breath away from completely dismantling the Chelsea defense. In the first half they only tested goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger from outside the area, almost always without malice. The only scare came from Toni Duggan, who impaled a formidable volley on a rebound from a corner kick. Berger, who until then had only received blank shots, avoided the goal after launching himself as far as the left post.
Atlético was so denied in the final meters that Ajibade, who entered in the 60th minute for Ludmila, sent over the goal. crossbar a frank shot after an assist from Deyna Castellanos. The Venezuelan sneaked into the area and gave the ball to her partner, who on the lime line of the small area, with the goalkeeper already beaten, hit the leather out. A moment later, referee Stéphanie Frappart, the first referee to lead a men's match in the Champions League, Europa League and a European Super Cup final, pointed to a hand from Charles. Third penalty for Atlético in the tie and third blunder: Tonni Dugan, who had not taken the first leg, hit the crossbar
A minute later, Frappart whistled a penalty in Atlético's box. The referee saw a hand on a ball that Sonia García touched with her belly. Without VAR to review the play, Maren Mjelde scored the first goal for Chelsea, a kind of psychological torture for Atlético, who only found the goal in discount. Eliminated from the Champions League and without the possibility of playing in the League against Barça this season, the rojiblancas have another summit next Sunday against Real Madrid: they need to win to lower White, who have three points of advantage, from third place, the last one that gives access to the Champions League next season.