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The La Liga winners dropped a defensive masterclass to knock United out of the Champions League, with Renan Lodi's first-half header given Atleti a 2-1 aggregate win in the round of 16.
United fans were left frustrated by their own team, the usual antics from the opposition and a questionable refereeing performance from Slavko Vincic.
And after the final whistle, they took those frustrations out on Simeone.
The Argentine did his usual routine of darting down the tunnel as soon as the final whistle was blown by was met with a slew of drinks thrown at him.
None appeared to hit the former Lazio midfielder or drench his suit but the behaviour from United supporters caused plenty of reaction on social media:
Man United fans can't hit the target either 😅 pic.twitter.com/zT299AZ6kB— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) March 15, 2022
Diego Simeone runs to the tunnel as he gets abuse from United fans. Things are thrown at him too. I get that you’re angry at losing but to throw things at him? Disgusting.— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) March 15, 2022
Manchester United fans throwing stuff at Diego Simeone as he runs down the tunnel. No class.— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) March 15, 2022
Diego Simeone running down the tunnel while getting beer thrown at him is a #1 signature move in sports rn— Yu (@YucciMane) March 15, 2022
United fans throwing things at Diego Simeone as he does his customary sprint off down the tunnel: not great— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) March 15, 2022
Cor throwing stuff at Diego Simeone as he ran down the touchline into the tunnel? That is not ok.— Olivia Buzaglo (@OliviaBuzaglo) March 15, 2022
Diego Simeone running to the tunnel, with a rye smile, not even trying to dodge the beer and cups thrown at him. Knowing his side put on a masterclass in the dark arts.— Antonio Cruz (@EddieTheCommish) March 15, 2022
What a character pic.twitter.com/pYIFb156IQ
Diego Simeone pelted with drinks as he rushes down the tunnel horrible behaviour from United supporters #MUNATM— Nazira Yusuf (@Nazira_Yusuf22) March 15, 2022
Simeone does the sprint every game no matter what the result, preferring to head straight back to the dressing room and not stick around waiting for handshakes.
"I don’t like the greeting after the match because they are the emotions of two sides in different emotional minds," Simeone said in November.
“I know in the UK it is a custom but I don’t share it and I don’t like the falseness it may include."
Simeone and Atleti once again proved they are the master of the dark arts and defended for their lives.
The two-time finalists will now go into the hat for the quarter final draw, which takes place on Friday.
As for United, they remain trophyless for six straight seasons and must now focus on securing Champions League football for next season.
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