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Football: Koke winner sees Atletico past Barcelona into semis

Published on Apr 10, 2014 5:58 AM
Atletico Madrid players celebrate winning 1-0 after the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 40 years with a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Koke put the hosts in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez's headed pass.

Atletico also hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, but were given a late scare as Neymar came within inches of taking the game to extra time when his header went just wide.

Defeat ends Barcelona's run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals.

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