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Sport A 21-year-old American scored a late goal to fire Germany's most hated soccer club into the semifinals of the Champions League

14:26  14 august  2020
14:26  14 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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(CNN) American youngster Tyler Adams scored a late winner to fire RB Leipzig past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League semifinals on The 21 - year - old ' s deflected shot in the 88th minute was enough to reestablish the German club ' s lead after João Felix' s penalty had canceled out Dani

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a man standing on a court: Tyler Adams joined RB Leipzig in January 2019. Getty/Julian Finney/UEFA © Getty/Julian Finney/UEFA Tyler Adams joined RB Leipzig in January 2019. Getty/Julian Finney/UEFA
  • 21-year-old American Tyler Adams scored the winner as RB Leipzig beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Thursday to advance to the Champions League semifinals for the first time, just over a decade after being formed.
  • "It's a bit surreal to say the least," Adams said after. "It's a really special moment for me and my family."
  • Leipzig, which was only formed in 2009 and began in the German fifth tier, is known as the country's "most hated" club due to it being owned by the billionaire owner of Red Bull.
  • "It just feels so unfair. What they've done is not a fairy tale. It's just money," Sue Rudolph, a fan activist for Fortuna Dusseldorf, told ESPN.
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RB Leipzig was playing in the fifth tier of German soccer when it was formed in 2009.

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And on Thursday evening, the country's "most hated" club took the biggest step yet in its rapid rise to stardom by beating Atletico Madrid to qualify for the Champions League semifinals for the first time, in just the club's second season in the tournament.

Leipzig took the lead on the night through Spaniard Dani Olmo's 50th minute header, before Atletico's Joao Felix levelled from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.

21-year-old American Tyler Adams, subbed on directly after Felix's equalizer, then stepped up to score a well deserved but fortunate 88th minute winner, with his strike from outside the box deflecting off the boot Stefan Savic and past Atletico's motionless goalkepper Jan Oblak into the net.

"It's a bit surreal to say the least," Adams, who joined Leipzig from MLS side New York Red Bulls in January 2019, said after the match.

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21 ’ Good chance by Leipzig, but Nkunku couldn’t find Angelino out wide as Savic clear the ball out of danger. 24’ Good counter by Leipzig but again, the play ends in nothing. Great shot from outside the box that takes a deflection on Savic and finds the back of the net. 90’ 5 minutes of added time.

"With such a young team, we know that we are a fearless team and we are gonna come out and show what we are capable of. Coming into this game, we set up a game plan and we were able to execute.

"Obviously when I came into the game I just tried to make any impact that I could. The coach gave me specific instructions on what to do and how to be dangerous, and I went in and I executed.

"It's a really special moment for me and my family," Adams added. "They sacrificed so much for me to be able to play here tonight and to be able to play and follow my dreams in Europe."

Julian Nagelsmann's Leipzig — which finished third in the Bundesliga this season — will now face Paris Saint Germain, which beat Atlanta on Wednesday night, in the last four on August 18.

"We know Paris are a great team, we saw what they did against Atalanta and they've got really good players," Adams told UEFA.

"Now it's about recovering in the right way, getting ourselves right mentally and working on the game plan. We're confident in ourselves, you saw that today."

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So, why is Leipzig Germany's "most hated" club?

Money. That's the simple answer.

The European equivalent of an American expansion team, Leipzig did not exist 11 years ago until Dietrich Mateschitz, the billionaire owner of Red Bull, took control of German fifth tier side SSV Markranstadt with instant results.

A change of name and logo, a new 43,000 seater stadium, and an injection of cash on the pitch saw Leipzig progress to the Bundesliga in just eight years, and to the heights of the Champions League in just 10.

In Germany, soccer clubs are traditionally run without single, rich owners, with the country's "50+1" rule ensuring that fans and members own a majority share of clubs and have ultimate control, from who is president to the price of tickets.

At Leipzig however, that is not the case, with the club only having a small number of members with shares, all of which came at an extremely high price so that the club can vet potential owners, according to ABC.

"It's a club built to push up the revenues for Red Bull and nothing else," Hans-Joachim Watzke, the chief executive of Borussia Dortmund, told the BBC.

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"In German football, the clubs belong to the fans and our pricing level is very cheap. A lot of fans from England come to Borussia Dortmund to watch a live game for 11 euros."

Sue Rudolph, a fan activist for Fortuna Dusseldorf, told ESPN: "We call Leipzig's supporters 'customers,' because that's what they are. It just feels so unfair.

"What they've done is not a fairy tale. It's just money."

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