Madrid - They certainly gave last year's UEFA Champions League finalists a run for their money at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen were knockout out of Europe's premier club competition after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Club Atletico de Madrid. finds out what the international press made of Tuesday’s last-16 second-leg tie in the Spanish capital...


Marca: “The Colchoneros demonstrated their battling qualities once again. They ended up drawing an epic battle which either team could have won. It wasn’t a brilliant game [...] but the only thing that mattered was reaching the quarter finals, and that’s what Simeone’s side managed to do.”

El Mundo Deportivo: “Blood, sweat, tears and suffering right until the very end, until the penalty shoot-out finally brought the tie to its conclusion. Two hard-fought games boiled down to a lottery, which resulted in a happy end for Atletico.”


kicker: “It was a tight, hard-fought match. The last-16 second-leg tie between Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen was a battle, and Calhanoglu, Toprak and Kießling were the unlucky ones in the shoot-out.”

Express: “Who would have thought? Bayer Leverkusen only succumbed to Atletico Madrid after a penalty shoot-out. Atletico won 1-0 - the same scoreline by which they lost the first leg - but Bayer lost their nerve in the shootout.”

Die Welt: “Bayer Leverkusen last-16 curse continued in the Champions League after an ill-fated penalty shoot-out. At the home of last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid, die Werkself lost out in the Round of 16 for the fourth time in a row.”


The Guardian: “Roared on by the home support, Simeone’s men came storming out of the blocks but Leverkusen refused to be intimidated and Suarez’s deflected effort that went in off the defender Ömer Toprak was their first shot. It was more of the same in the second half with a fired-up Atletico pressing forward without really threatening and a well-organised Leverkusen looking to hit back on the counter attack.”


Gazzetta dello Sport: “The Colchoneros advanced after 120 minutes of extraordinary intensity.”