Greatest European Nights

My greatest European night

Atleti season ticket holder Carla Fernández Ariño thought she had seen it all at the Vicente Calderón, until PSV Eindhoven came calling

Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

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Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

My greatest European night
Greatest European Nights

My greatest European night

Atleti season ticket holder Carla Fernández Ariño thought she had seen it all at the Vicente Calderón, until PSV Eindhoven came calling

Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

Penalty Pedigree

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Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

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Atlético de Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Atlético win 8-7 on penalties)

Round of 16, second leg
16 March 2016

I run home from University, put on my Atleti shirt and am straight back out the door. When I get to the ground and find my seat next to my mum, I’m out of breath. I take in the view of the Vicente Calderón. Wow, what a place; it feels like home. It’s hard to believe we’d soon be leaving this great stadium. We watch the scarves twirl in the air as the club anthem starts, then the opening whistle blows.

We had drawn 0-0 in the first leg and there are no goals again tonight. We’re heading for a shootout. Should I watch? Or maybe not look and wait instead for the reaction? Peek through my fingers? Incredibly, the first 14 penalties all go in. It’s all square; seven penalties apiece. Then PSV hit the crossbar. It’s down to Juanfran. The stadium goes silent like never before. People are biting their nails, holding hands. Then, just like that, the silence turns into one of the biggest roars I’ve ever heard.

I had painted various scenarios in my head as I made my way to the stadium that evening, but I never imagined it would end like this. I’d never experienced the adrenaline rush of penalties live before. We didn’t know it then, but we’d soon find out what it was like to be on the losing side of a shootout, against Real Madrid of all teams in the final with Juanfran this time missing his kick. But that was for the future. Now, as I turned and hugged my mum, it was time to enjoy this moment to the full.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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