Bayer Leverkusen, eliminated from the Champions League before the final whistle, also knocked out Atlético Madrid with a 2-2 win. Network reactions and voices on the game, which even included a penalty after the final whistle.
Because FC Brugge had already lost 4-0 to FC Porto in the run-up, there was no longer any chance for Leverkusen to move into the knockout phase of the premier class. Atlético still had the opportunity. Accordingly, the goal of the Bundesliga club was to spoil the evening for the club from Madrid.
In the end, a positive conclusion can be drawn: Because the Spanish hosts couldn't get more than a 2-2 draw against the Werkself, the only thing left for them is the play-off round for the Europa League.
Atlético still had a very good opportunity to score the 3-2 winner - with a penalty awarded after the final whistle. Referee Clément Turpin had already blown the whistle when he received a VAR tip on his ear. After a short back and forth, the decision was made: Because of handball, the home team received the penalty.
"The result is not progress for us. It wasn't our best game. But the team showed balls and that takes us forward," said Hradecky after the final whistle, according to the circumstances (via Eurosport). The fact that the team showed important character was a "small step in the right direction".
Nadiem Amiri, who was very noticeable in a positive sense, also had some praise for the team: "It was important and right for the team spirit. In the end, luck was on our side and we took many steps in the right direction."
Of course, the focus was on the curious penalty. It was a new scenario for everyone, including Xabi Alonso: "When I was a player, there was no VAR. I've never experienced the game over and then a penalty being awarded afterwards."
"For me it wasn't a punishable handball, I told the referee that," the coach continued. Overall, he saw an "extraordinarily exciting" game. For him and his team it is now a question of moving into the Europa League: "A lot can still happen on the last day of the game. All four teams in Group B have been very strong so far."
This article was originally published on 90min.com/DE as a penalty after the final whistle: Leverkusen with a curious 2-2 against Atlético.