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Though the Serie A outfit lost the tie and were unable to reach the quarter finals for the second consecutive season, they left fans in awe with their special set-piece.
Luis Muriel curled in a stunning effort past Thibaut Courtois seven minutes from the time but it wasn't merely just a beautiful strike from distance that did the trick.
Atalanta tried out something different for their free-kick routine vs. Real Madrid.- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 16, 2021
They built their own moving wall, too! :joy:
It worked, as Luis Muriel found the back of the net with a dipping effort :boom: pic.twitter.com/VJQXkyXJfJ
Atalanta created a wall of their own that moved forwards as soon as Muriel paced to hit the ball, causing a slight bit of confusion for Real's wall and allowing that all-important space for their No.9 to find.
The Colombian striker duly did that by picking out the top corner but the whole drill was a thing of beauty. You can't help but appreciate the outside of the box thinking.
Atalanta hoped that the goal could ignite a late comeback but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Real made it 4-1 on aggregate a minute later when Marco Asensio found the net.
They were left fuming at the end of the first-half when the referee blew the whistle for half-time just as Muriel had been fed in behind in a dangerous situation.
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