United knocked out after frustrating night

Champions League reaction

Manchester United have been knocked out of the Champions League after defeat to Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Spanish champions won 1-0 on the night to make it 2-1 on aggregate, booking their ticket to the quarter-finals of the competition.

It was an evening of frustration for United, who were the better, more expansive team on the night – but that counts for nothing, as ultimately their Champions League journey has come to an end.

Ralf Rangnick’s side had their fair share of chances – Elanga hitting Jan Oblak in the face from close range, a penalty shout (albeit a weak one), a cracking effort from Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane being denied from a close-range header – but it was Renan Lodi’s back-post header, just before the break, that was the decider on the night.

A bit of a smash and grab, it’s fair to say, but that’s exactly what this Atletico side are experts at. 

Diego Simeone’s side have been cut from 40/1 to 16/1 to win the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Portuguese side Benfica, who were a three-figure price to win the competition at the start of the night, beat the odds to knock out the well-fancied Ajax.

It was a similar story in Amsterdam, as Ajax were much the better team but put failed to put away their several chances.

A 77th minute goal from Darwin Nunez was the decider, and Benfica are into the last eight of the competition.

They have been slashed into 66/1 to win the Champions League, although they remain rank outsiders.

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