Manchester United crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after a 1-0 loss to Atlético Madrid on Tuesday night.

The second leg of the tie arrived with both teams tied on a 1-1 aggregate recorded in the first leg staged in Spain a fortnight ago and while the hosts started brightly, they were undone by some poor finishing.

While United was in search of only a second Champions League knockout victory on home soil since 2011, they had to be wary of their opposition on the counterattack despite having the lion’s share of possession.

Anthony Elanga was culpable of a glorious chance after he was put through by Bruno Fernandes but Jan Oblak denied the Swede from point-blank range as the ball cannoned off his face.

Diego Simeone’s men grew as an attacking force as the half progressed, with João Félix seeing a goal ruled out for offside. If that was not a warning enough, they took the lead minutes to halftime after Antoine Griezmann took full advantage of some rash decision from the referee to send a pinpoint cross that was headed in by Renan Lodi.

Just as it was in the first half, Elanga had the chance to equalize within 30 seconds of the restart, but his effort drifted narrowly wide. Nerves looked to be setting in as the Spaniards used their vast experience to waste any available second and win any plausible foul.

Diogo Dalot was the next United player to try his luck but his effort flew off target. United even brought a triple substitution in Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, and even Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani late on, but none of these bore fruits as Atleti progressed to the quarterfinals at their expense.


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