Atlético Madrid qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League (C1) on 15 March 2022. The Spanish club beat Manchester United 1-0, after a 1-1 draw on the road. In the other evening meeting, Benfica reversed direction (2-2 in the first leg) by winning 1-0 on the grass in Ajax Amsterdam.
Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester United was eliminated in the Champions League knockout stages, as was his best enemy Lionel Messi with Paris Saint-Germain. The Portuguese and English club had a truly disappointing evening against Atlético Madrid on March 15, 2022.
The English club had several clear chances to score during this second leg. Whether it was a close-range recovery from Sweden striker Anthony Ilanga, who miraculously swerved in front of the opposing goalkeeper, Jan Oblak (13). Or with a tense shot from the Portuguese right side Diogo Dalot, which was seized by the Slovenian goalkeeper (26th place).
But it was the visitors who found the error in the 41st minute. Brazilian Renan Lodi scored with a header after a cross from Frenchman Antoine Griezmann (0-1, 41). Shortly before, Portuguese striker Joao Felix had already scored for Atletico Madrid, but the assistant referee indicated a very limited offside (34th position).
In the second half, the Red Devils doubled their attacks: a cross pass from Ilanga (46th place), a powerful but far from goal shot from English striker Jadon Soncho (59), a header from French defender Raphael Varane, and then an acrobatic return from Cristiano. Ronaldo (77) was intercepted by Oblak.
Benfica also reversed this trend
Nothing works. The powerful and realistic Spanish club emerged victorious from this double confrontation, three weeks after a 1-1 draw at home.
Turning also achieved by Benfica, during the other round of 16 comeback in the evening. The Portuguese club, which was examined at home by Ajax Amsterdam (2-2), avenged the achievement of Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez (77th place).