Adrian's Goal Gave Atletico Madrid Edge Over Chelsea at Halftime

By Mike Cardillo

Adrian scored this goal for Atletico Madrid right before halftime to tie Wednesday’s Champions League second leg semifinal with Chelsea at 1-1. Thanks to the away goals rule Atletico would advance to play rival Real Madrid next month. Fernando Torres had given Chelsea a 1-0 lead against his former club earlier in the half.

It was an odd goal that almost seemed to happen in slow motion, as Chelsea’s air-tight (“bus-parking”) defense switched off for a split second. The finish by Adrian was smart, too, letting it hit the ground instead of trying for a volley.

The best part — aside from the fact it put Chelsea in trouble — is the traveling Atletico fans rising in unison the second the ball goes into the net.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed this doesn’t jinx it.

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