The Atletico goalkeeper - on loan from Chelsea - made a fine stop to deny John Terry before Diego Costa's penalty, which the Portuguese coach says won the tie for Atletico MadridChelsea manager Jose Mourinho praised the performance of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after watching his side dumped out of the Champions League in a 3-1 semifinal defeat.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring for the Blues at Stamford Bridge but goals from Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan secured victory for Diego Simeone's side and sets up a final against neighbor Real Madrid in Lisbon.
Courtois - currently on loan at Atletico from Chelsea - made a fine stop to deny John Terry moments before Costa's decisive penalty kick, and Mourinho believes that crucial minute decided the tie.
"The game until a certain minute was very, very, very equal," he told Sky Sports.
"The first half was more ours than them but finished with a 1-1 which is a completely open result. And in the second half one minute decide everything.
"A minute where Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save for John Terry's header. And in the second minute it's a penalty that kills the game. I don't know if it's a penalty I'm too far.
"That was the crucial minute. After that, 2-1 against Atletico is almost impossible. And after that there was only one team - a team with high morale knowing that with half an hour to go they have the game and the result."
Atletico now has the opportunity to complete a Champions League and La Liga double, and will face city rival Real Madrid in the final after Carlo Ancelotti's men demolished Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.