Tyler Adams 1st American to Score in Champions League Quarters as RB Leipzig Beat Atletico Madrid

Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig (Photo Credit: Twitter and AP)

Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig (Photo Credit: Twitter and AP)

Tyler Adams became the first American to score in the Champions League quarter-finals and help RB Leipzig beat Atletico Madrid 2-1.

American midfielder Tyler Adams scored in the 88th minute to give Leipzig a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Thursday and send the German club to its first Champions League semifinal.

Adams came off the bench in the second half and scored with a shot from outside the area that deflected off a defender, ensuring that Leipzig’s surprising European run will continue into the last four.

Dani Olmo had opened the scoring for Leipzig in the 51st and Joo Flix equalized for Atltico from the penalty spot in the 71st.

The result ended yet another title run for Atltico, which was seen as a big favorite to reach the semifinals but again will endure a disappointing elimination. Diego Simeones team knocked out defending champion Liverpool in the last 16 and was looking to return to the last four for the first time since 2017, a year after it lost its second final in three seasons.

Leipzig, founded 11 years ago with investment by Red Bull, will next face French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, which eliminated Atalanta in Wednesdays quarterfinal in Lisbon.

The Champions League is finishing the season amid the coronavirus pandemic with a last eight tournament in Lisbon. The semifinals will be next week and the final will take place on Aug. 23.

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