Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-2): Diego Simeones side book Champions League final place despite defeat at the Allianz Arena after Antoine Griezmann struck crucial away goal Robert Lewandowski was denied an opener in the first half after his effort was blocked by Jan Oblak Xabi Alonso netted the crucial first for Bayern after his free-kick deflected in off Jose Gimenez The young centre back then conceded a penalty but Thomas Muller saw his spot-kick saved Antoine Griezmann, who was marginally offside, slotted past Manuel Neuer to put Atletico ahead on aggregate But Lewandowski gave Bayern hope with a close ranger header from Arturo Vidals knockdown 

Bayern Munich will never be European Champions under Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s manager-in-waiting completed a hat-trick of semi-final defeats in this loss against Diego Simone’s phenomenal Atletico Madrid.

Three times Guardiola has taken the Germans to the final hurdle and watched them fall against Spanish opponents. Last year it was Barcelona, the year before Real Madrid and now Simeones side, who reach their second final in three years.

Much was said about the clash of styles in the build-up to the game but this was more about substance than anything else and no team has more substance than Atletico.

They gave the defensive performance of their lives, and when they needed a goal Antoine Griezmann raced from the halfway line and coolly slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer, cancelling out Xabi Alonso’s first half free-kick. 

Antoine Griezmann points towards Fernando Torres after his assist, which saw Atletico Madrid equalise at the Allianz Arena

The France international was marginally offside from the through ball but made no mistake to slot past Manuel Neuer

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich hope but the Germans crashed out of the semi-final on away goals

Xabi Alonso (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after getting Bayern off to the perfect start, levelling the score on aggregate

The former Liverpool midfielder saw his low free-kick deflect off Jose Gimenez and end up in the back of the Atletico net

Robert Lewandowski put Bayern 2-1 ahead on the night when he converted from close range after Arturo Vidal headed across the face of the goal but they needed to score twice.

Fernando Torres missed a penalty after he had been brought down by Javi Martinez but it didn’t matter. El Nino is going to a European Cup final with the club he grew up supporting and Guardiola is coming to Manchester after three years of watching it on television.

‘They were better than us in the second game but we did the job at home and got our away goal,’ said goalscorer Griezmann. He was right – Bayern had dominated but dominating this Atletico team and beating them are two very different things.