RB Leipzig in its current form was founded just 11 years ago after the billionaire founding Red Bull took charge of German fifth division team SSV Markranstadt, and the team has been climbing the football ladder ever since.
“Great emotions for the club and our team. As a coach, you have to look ahead,” 33-year-old RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told BT Sport after the match.
“We have to prepare for the next game. We don’t have much time to celebrate, but maybe we’ll have a beer at the hotel and then focus on PSG.
“Since then the club (RB Leipzig) has developed very quickly. We reached the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League three times. We are still in the Champions League. Progress is moving faster than usual.”
History is made
Atlético Madrid may have been a slight favorite against the German rivals, but the Spanish team failed to impress.
He may have played without striker Ángel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljko, who tested positive for the coronavirus but had enough experience on the pitch to put on a better game.
Felix’s appearance in the second half seemed to give Atlético a new impetus, but the 20-year-old’s penalty kick ended up doing nothing.
As the match appeared to be going into extra time, Adams’ speculative late shot dealt a serious blow to Stefan Savic and ended the draw after 90 minutes, sending RB Leipzig to their first Champions League semi-final.
Adams, who has made 10 caps for the United States, moved to Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls in January 2019. He became the first American to score in a Champions League quarter-final, his first for the club.
“Now it’s about proper recovery, mental recovery and working on a game plan,” Adams told BT Sport after the game.
“We are confident, you saw it today.”