BY MOSES ADEYEMI
Neymar netted twice for the visitors as Diego Simeone’s men lost their heads, with Gabi and Mario Suarez both getting sent off and Arda throwing his boot at a linesman.
The match ended 4-2 on aggregate after a sensationally volatile encounter in the Spanish capital.
The Blaugrana arrived at the Vicente Calderon with a one-goal advantage from last week’s first leg at Camp Nou but Fernando Torres levelled the tie on aggregate inside 60 seconds with a low finish, only for Neymar to respond in kind in the ninth minute.
Raul Garcia put Atletico back ahead on the night with a contentous penalty but Barca went in 3-2 ahead at the break thanks to an own goal from Miranda and Neymar’s second strike of the evening.
Gabi was then dismissed during angry scenes during the half-time interval that also saw Raul Garcia clash with the Barca bench, while Arda Turan then dramatically threw his boot at a linesman early in the second half.
All hope Atletico had of turning the tie around disappeared in the closing stages when Mario Suarez was sent off for a second bookable offence for dissent, thus bringing an end to an incredibly contentious and exciting encounter.
Turan was then lucky not to follow him early in the second half when he was only shown a yellow card having thrown his boot at the assistant after the the non-award of a foul.