The American midfielder Tyler Adams dressed up as a hero with a goal in the 88th minute for Leipzig to beat Atlético de Madrid 2-1 on Thursday and reach unprecedented levels, by reaching the semifinals of the Champions League.
Adams came on as a substitute in the second half and scored with a shot from outside the area, which was deflected by a defender. Thus, the surprising march of the German team in the highest European competition will continue in the round of the best four.
Spanish Dani Olmo had opened the scoring for Leipzig in the 51st minute, and Portuguese João Félix equalized for Atleti from a penalty spot in the 71st.
The mattress makers failed again in an attempt to become monarchs of Europe. The team led by Argentine Diego Simeone was considered a favorite to reach the semifinals, but again suffered a disappointing elimination.
The Spanish side had knocked out defending champion Liverpool in the round of 16 and were looking to return to the semi-finals, a phase they reached in 2017, a year after losing their second final in three seasons.
Leipzig, founded just 11 years ago with an investment from Red Bull, will face French monarch Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Atalanta on Wednesday, in another quarter-final match in Lisbon.
The Champions League reaches its last stages amid the coronavirus pandemic with a tournament in the Portuguese capital. The semifinals will be held next week and the final is scheduled for August 23.