Simeone proud of Atletico after defeat against Real

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH DIEGO SIMEONE SAYING: “When the team works as they did today we have no negative sensations.

Simeone proud of Atletico after defeat against Real

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH DIEGO SIMEONE SAYING:

“When the team works as they did today we have no negative sensations. I´m proud of having these players. I think many coaches could be jealous because I have these players. They dive with the head, they run for the 90 minutes, when there are difficulties they get bigger. A great match, I congratulate the rival because they played a great match and scored a pretty goal.”

STORY: Holders Real Madrid kept alive their dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Javier Hernandez’s late strike in a tense clash at home to 10-man Atletico Madrid secured a 1-0 win and a Champions League semi-final place on Wednesday (April 22).

After last week’s quarter-final first leg at the Calderon ended 0-0, the return at the Bernabeu appeared to be heading for extra time until James Rodriguez slipped a pass through to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88th minute.

The Portugal forward squared for Hernandez and the Mexican striker stroked the ball past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory, Real’s first win over Atletico in eight matches.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said he was proud of his players despite the defeat.

“When the team works as they did today we have no negative sensations. I´m proud of having these players. I think many coaches could be jealous because I have these players. They dive with the head, they run for the 90 minutes, when there are difficulties they get bigger. A great match, I congratulate the rival because they played a great match and scored a pretty goal,” the Argentinean said.

The draw for the semi-finals is on Friday, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus joining Real in the pot.

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