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Julian Nagelsmann Becomes Youngest Manager To Reach Champions League Semi Final

Ryan Sidle

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Julian Nagelsmann Becomes Youngest Manager To Reach Champions League Semi Final

Julian Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig shocked Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, to reach the semi-final for the first time.

Tyler Adam's 88th minute strike gave the Germans a deserved 2-1 lead against Simeone's team who have twice reached the final of the competition in the past six years.

Leipzig, who were only founded 11 years ago, will now take on PSG in the semi final next Tuesday. It's an incredible achievement for the club but mainly for their manager, who only turned 33 in July and was born just months before Simeone made his professional debut in 1987.

A cagey first half finished 0-0 but Daniel Olmo's brilliant header broke the deadlock for the Bundesliga side, after an impressive team move, after 50 minutes.

Joao Felix was fouled in the box and the substitute got up off the floor to equalise from the spot on 71 minutes, before Adams goal just before injury time settled it.


Leipzig were only created in 2009 and played their first season in the Bundesliga in 2016/17. This season is only their second in the Champions League, and the first they've got past the Group Stages.

They topped a group that included Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg and then knocked out Jose Mourinho's Spurs 4-0 on aggregate in the Last 16.

Their win over Atleti sets up a huge semi final against PSG as both sides attempt to qualify for the final of the competition for the first time.

The German's doing it all without Timo Werner, who has moved to Chelsea, makes their achievement on Thursday night even more incredible.

Who will go through, Leipzig or PSG? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Ryan Sidle
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