Thursday, May 19

Atletico Madrid qualify for knockout stages of the Champions League after beating Porto 3-1

Porto 1-3 Atletico Madrid: LaLiga champions squeeze into Champions League last-16 after overcoming injury to Luis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco’s red card in chaotic night in Portugal

  • Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Rodrigo De Paul scored for Atletico
  • LaLiga champions qualified after finishing second behind Liverpool in Group B 
  • Tensions boiled over in the second half and both teams were reduced to 10 men 
  • Yannick Carrasco was sent off for Atletico and Wendell saw red for Porto 


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Atletico Madrid snatched a place in the Champions League last 16 as they rode their luck to somehow win 3-1 at Porto on Tuesday in a tense and ill-tempered game which saw both sides finish with 10 men.

Antoine Griezmann put Atletico in front against the run of play in the 56th minute, bundling the ball into the net following a corner after the hosts had missed a glut of clear chances either side of the break.

Atletico’s lead was threatened when Yannick Carrasco was sent off in the 67th minute for raising his hands to Otavio as tempers raged following a foul.

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener as Atletico Madrid won 3-1 in Porto on Tuesday night

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener as Atletico Madrid won 3-1 in Porto on Tuesday night

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener as Atletico Madrid won 3-1 in Porto on Tuesday night

However, Porto’s numerical advantage lasted only a few moments as Wendell was dismissed for appearing to lightly strike Matheus Cunha with his elbow, sparking a melee involving the players and the coaching staff.

Diego Simeone’s team saw out the game in typical fashion, ceding Porto the ball but closing down the spaces, and substitute Angel Correa clinched the win with a cold-blooded finish on the counter-attack in the 90th minute.

Rodrigo de Paul then added a third goal 60 seconds later as Porto ran out of energy and hope.

Atleti have now reached the knockout stages in the Champions League seven times in the last eight seasons under Diego Simeone

Atleti have now reached the knockout stages in the Champions League seven times in the last eight seasons under Diego Simeone

Atleti have now reached the knockout stages in the Champions League seven times in the last eight seasons under Diego Simeone

But lost Luis Suarez to injury after just 13 minutes of the game against Porto

But lost Luis Suarez to injury after just 13 minutes of the game against Porto

But lost Luis Suarez to injury after just 13 minutes of the game against Porto

MATCH FACTS 

Porto (4-4-2): Diogo Costa; Joao Mario (Sergio Oliveira 81), Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi (Wendell 63); Otavio (Fabio Vieira 81), Vitinha, Grujic (Corona 81), Luis Diaz; Evanilson, Taremi (Martinez 81)

Unused subs: Marchesin, Meixedo, Cardoso, Manafa, Costa, Nanu, Borges

Manager: Sergio Conceicao

Goals: Oliveira (90+6 pen) 

Booked: Taremi, Otavio, Pepe

Sent off: Wendell 

Atletico Madrid (3-5-2): Oblak; Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Hermoso; Llorente, Lemar (Correa 66), Coke, De Paul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Suarez (Cunha 13, Lodi 83) 

Unused subs: Lecomte, Herrera, Gomez, Gonzalez, Camara, Joao Felix

Manager: Diego Simeone

Goals: Griezmann (56), Correa (90), De Paul (90+2) 

Booked: Correa

Sent off: Carrasco  

Referee: Clement Turpin 

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The hosts earned a consolation penalty which Sergio Oliveira converted with the final kick of the game.

Atleti began the game bottom of Group B but ended it second on seven points, with Porto coming third with five and qualifying for the Europa League.

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Liverpool finished top with 18 points after winning 2-1 at AC Milan, who finished bottom with four. 

Atletico had the odds stacked against them after losing their previous game at home to Milan 1-0 and to progress they needed not only to win but also for Liverpool to do them a favour.

Atleti were missing their top three central defenders in Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic and Felipe and things got off to an ominous start when striker Luis Suarez was forced off injured in the 13th minute.

The visitors created their first real chance when Carrasco carved his way through the defence but Marcos Llorente fired his ricocheted cross against the feet of Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Porto dominated the rest of the first half and Atletico keeper Jan Oblak produced an outstanding save to deny Luis Diaz, while Llorente threw himself across goal to prevent Mehdi Taremi reaching the loose ball.

Taremi missed two clear chances early in the second half, blazing over the bar and then being denied by the feet of Oblak, before Griezmann gave Atletico an unlikely lead with a scrappy goal.

Porto barely recovered from the shock of going behind and substitute goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin was sent off from the stands as both sides struggled to control their tempers. 

Atleti have now qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League in seven of the last eight seasons, reaching the final in 2014 and 2016 only to lose to Real Madrid on both occasions.

The Madrid rivals will cross path again this weekend, when Atleti travel to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Real. Simeone’s men are 10 points behind Real with a game in hand. 

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