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Elder statesman Alonso can't prevent Bayern from getting knocked out

Xabi Alonso did a masterful job of directing Bayern Munich's game, scored a goal to tie the series in the first half, and played an all-around excellent game. But, it wasn't enough, as the counter goal by Atletico Madrid nixed Bayern's dream of making the CL final in Pep's last season.

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Tip Of The Cap: Franck Ribery. Initially doubtful for this game due to a wonky back, the Frenchman once again showed that his demise has been greatly exaggerated.  Reunited with his partner-in-crime on the left side, David Alaba, Ribery was a constant threat on the flank, with a team-high six dribbles, and five key passes.  Even though he's 33 years old, he showed the young guys what hard work is all about, constantly making runs up and down the field.

Golf Clap: Jerome Boateng. He had just returned from a major injury, and had only logged 68 minutes after a three-month layoff, but the big center back looked like he hadn't missed any time.  His anticipations (and interceptions) of Atletico's passes were very good, snuffing out even the beginnings of a counter time and again, and his now trademark long balls up to the front were spot on.  The only stain on his game today was the overpursuit of the ball in the second half (along with two other Bayern players), which allowed the Madrid player to initiate the counter attack, culminating in Griezmann's crucial goal.

Standing Ovation: Philipp Lahm. Der Kapitän had another outstanding game, technically starting at right back, but spending almost his entire time in midfield (and up front), and logging the most touches of any player on the pitch, at 103.  Add to that a superb 94.5% of completed passes, and the captain reminded everyone of how important he is to this team.

Meister Of The Match: Xabi Alonso. He's too old, he's too slow, he can't handle the pressure.  We've heard all the complaints before about the Spaniard, but he is, and always was, a big-game player.  All of Bayern's game ran through the midfield maestro.  He set the pace, and made the right passes as dictated by the flow of the game, whether it was a pass out to the wings to relieve pressure, a safe dish to the sides, or the long opening bombs up to the forwards.  He was calm and collected the entire game, made some solid tackles when needed, had the second-most touches on the ball at 101, and, of course, crowned his excellent outing with a goal in the 30th minute to even the series, and ignite the 70,000 fans in the Allianz Arena.

Jersey Swap: Jan Oblak. This award could have gone to Antoine Griezmann, just because his goal decided the series, but the Frenchman was invisible for the rest of the game.  So, the jersey swap goes to the Slovenian international, who made a huge save on Thomas Müller's (poorly taken) PK, and then denied Alonso's followup.  Add to that the diving save on Alaba's deflected shot late in the game, and the keeper ends up rescuing an under fire Atletico, and taking them to the Champions League final.

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