Joy­ful Sime­one hails his men’s lat­est Euro­pean march

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good draw and through to the semis,” added Griez­mann.

“We have to show ev­ery year we are among the best teams in Europe and ev­ery year we achieve it.”

New Lev­erkusen boss Tay­fun Korkut was tak­ing charge of his first Cham­pi­ons League game and sum­moned a much-im­proved per­for­mance as they forced Atletico onto the back foot for long spells.

How­ever, Korkut hailed Atletico’s de­sire to de­fend as Oblak’s mirac­u­lous triple save to deny firstly Ju­lian Brandt and then two fol­lowup ef­forts from Kevin Vol­land mid­way through the s e c o n d - h a l f s ecured Los Ro­ji­blan­cos’ 17th clean sheet in their last 20 home Cham­pi­ons League games. Korkut was hired af­ter a 6-2 thrash­ing at Dort­mund fol­low­ing their first leg de­feat saw Roger Sch­midt sacked.

And with Lev­erkusen lan­guish­ing in 10th in the Bun­desliga, Korkut is hop­ing to gain mo­men­tum from their im­pres­sive show­ing to make a late run to qual­ify for Europe next sea­son.

Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing past Manch­ester City goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero in a Cham­pi­ons League last 16, sec­ond leg tie at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Wed­nes­day.

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