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Friday 18 August 2017

Simeone to sign new deal

Atletico Madrid fans are in a state of jubilation after their team's Champions League triumph over Bayer Leverkusen on penalties, and there are sure to be even more celebrations if coach Diego Simeone (44) signs a contract extension.

That is likely to happen, according to Simeone's sister and agent.

Following last night's second leg of the last-16 tie at the Vicente Calderon stadium, Natalia Simeone said: "The truth is we are going to have good news in the coming days.

"If the Atletico fans are happy today, they will be even happier in the next few days."

Midfielder Mario Suarez's first half effort was the only goal either team could muster at the Calderon, his goal levelling up the tie after Simeone's (pictured) side had lost 1-0 away in Germany.

Fernando Torres replaced Mandzukic after 82 minutes as Simeone's side looked for a winning goal but the Spanish striker was unable to prevent the tie from going to penalties.

Torres scored Atletico's fifth penalty and it was a special night for the homegrown talent. After spells at Liverpool and Chelsea, he moved to AC Milan and is currently on-loan at his boyhood club.

"I was looking forward to experience matches like this at the Calderon," he said. "It was incredible and I only have words of thanks to the fans."

A madrid ............1

b leverkusen ..0

madrid win 3-2 on pens after extra-time

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