Champions League: Tyler Adams helps send RB Leipzig back to semi-final

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The 21-year-old’s deflected shot in the 88th minute was enough to restore the German club’s lead after João Felix’s penalty canceled Dani Olmo’s opener.

RB Leipzig, in its current form, was founded just 11 years ago after the billionaire founder of Red Bull took over German fifth-division team SSV Markranstadt, and the team have risen through the football ranks ever since.

He now has the chance to add another chapter to his incredible story when he faces PSG in the semi-finals on Tuesday – after the French champion staged a superb late comeback to defeat Atalanta 2-1 on Wednesday.

“Great emotions for the club and our team. As a coach you must be impatient,” 33-year-old RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told BT Sport after the game.

“We have to prepare for the next game. There isn’t much time to celebrate but maybe we’ll have a beer at the hotel and then focus on PSG.

“The club (RB Leipzig) has been developing very quickly since. We have reached the Bundesliga and we have qualified for the Champions League three times. We are still in the Champions League. Progress is faster than usual.”

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Tyler Adams celebrates after scoring the winner against Atletico Madrid.
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History made

Atletico Madrid may have been slight favorites in the game against their German opponents, but the Spanish side failed to impress.

He may have played without forward Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljkowho, both of whom tested positive for the coronavirus but had enough field experience to improve their performances.

Felix’s introduction in the second half seemed to give Atletico new impetus, but the 20-year-old’s converted penalty meant nothing in the end.

With the game seemingly destined for extra time, Adams’ speculative late shot deflected Stefan Savic to end the tie in 90 minutes – sending RB Leipzig to their first Champions League semi-final.

Adams, who has 10 appearances for the U.S. national team, left the New York Red Bulls for Leipzig in January 2019. He becomes the first American to score in the Champions League quarter-finals with what was his first goal for the club.

“Now it’s about recovering in the right way, recovering mentally and working on the game plan,” Adams told BT Sport after the game.

“We are confident in ourselves, you saw it today.”

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