American youngster Tyler Adams scored a late winner to fire RB Leipzig past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League semi-finals on Thursday.
The 21-year-old’s deflected shot in the 88th minute was enough to restore the German club’s lead after João Felix’s penalty had canceled out Dani Olmo’s opener.
RB Leipzig in its current form was founded just 11 years ago after the billionaire founder of Red Bull took over SSV Markranstadt from the German fifth division and the team has been climbing the football ladder since then
They now have the chance to add another chapter to their incredible story when they face PSG in the semi-finals on Tuesday, after the French champions staged an impressive late comeback to beat Atalanta 2-1 on Wednesday.
“A lot of emotions for the club and our team. As a manager you have to look ahead,” 33-year-old RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann told BT Sport after the game.
“We have to prepare for the next game. There’s not much time to celebrate, but maybe we’ll have a beer at the hotel and then focus on PSG.
“The club (RB Leipzig) developed very quickly since then. We reached the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League three times. We are still in the Champions League. The progress is faster than usual.”
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Atlético de Madrid might have been slight favorites in the match against their German rivals, but the Spanish side failed to impress.
He may have played without striker Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljkowho, who both tested positive for coronavirus, but had enough experience on the pitch to perform better.
The introduction of Félix in the second half looked to give Atletico a new boost, but in the end the 20-year-old’s converted penalty was to no avail.
With the game seemingly headed for extra-time, Adams’ speculative final shot deflected off Stefan Savic to end the tie in the 90th minute, sending RB Leipzig into their first Champions League semi-final.
Adams, who has 10 caps for the United States, moved to Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls in January 2019. He becomes the first American to score in the Champions League quarterfinals with being his first goal for the club.
“Now it’s about recovering the right way, getting ourselves right mentally and working on the game plan,” Adams told BT Sport after the game.
“We have confidence in ourselves, you saw that today.”