Griezmann: Atletico deserved to reach final

"The best team goes through," said Griezmann. "They might have been better [tonight]. But we were better in the first leg. And we scored here tonight. The team who played best went through."

Atletico Madrid players celebrate their victory against Bayern Munich.   -  Reuters

Atletico Madrid goal scorer Antoine Griezmann said the "better team had gone through" after his side's dramatic progress on away goals past Bayern Munich to the 2016 Champions League final.

Atletico went to Munich with a 1-0 lead from last week's first leg, but Bayern equalised when Xabi Alonso's free kick was deflected past visiting goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

A counter-attack brought a vital away goal from Griezmann for Atletico, after he was set up by Fernando Torres, and even though Robert Lewandowski scored to make the teams level on aggregate late on, Diego Simeone's side held on to progress to the final against either Real Madrid or Manchester City in Milan on May 28.

Speaking to Spanish TV channel Antena 3 after the final whistle, the France forward admitted that Bayern had the better of the second leg, but said that his team's away goal had been crucial.

"The best team goes through," Griezmann said. "They might have been better [tonight]. But we were better in the first leg. And we scored here tonight. The team who played best went through."

In a dramatic game which also saw each side miss a penalty as Jan Oblak and Manuel Neuer saved from Thomas Muller and Fernando Torres respectively, Atletico defended for long spells and Bayern had 33 efforts of goal compared to just seven from the visitor.

"It was a difficult game against a tough opponent," Griezmann said. "We had to defend and try and score a goal. And we did that."

Atletico now return to domestic action, where with just two games remaining they are joint-top on points with Barcelona, if behind the Catalans on head-to-head record.

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