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Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Match Report

Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Match Report

Atletico Madrid defeated Porto 2-1 at home in the Champions League on Wednesday, with all three goals coming in additional time. Antoine Griezmann got the deciding goal in the 11th minute of stoppage-time to give the Spanish side all three points. 

Atletico, who had gone eight home games without a win in European Competition prior to the match, are tied for third place in Group B with Club Brugge, who defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.

“A lot of joy. I’ve said I would give everything since I came back [to Atletico],” Griezmann said after the match. “Scoring a winning goal is always great, but I focus on the three points and let’s keep going. It’s been hard for us to get going but they’re five games [so far].

“We have to improve, we’re working on it in training. Maybe we lack some confidence in ourselves to take a step forward and look for our forwards but it’s just our fifth game, we’ll improve.”

After a dull first half, the game picked up when Atletico midfielder Koke smashed home in the 50th minute, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Jan Oblak made several excellent saves throughout regulation time, including one from a powerful shot by Stephen Eustaquio in the 54th minute to keep Atletico in the game. 

Joao Mario gave Eustaquio another chance, but Oblak made another great save.

Porto striker Mehdi Taremi was given a second yellow for diving inside the penalty area in the 81st minute, bringing the team down to 10 men.

As the game neared its conclusion, Atletico had not managed to register a single shot in the second half. However, nine additional minutes had to be played because Otavio sustained an injury and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa was helpless to stop Atletico defender Mario Hermoso’s deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Mateus Uribe equalized from the spot four minutes later after Hermoso handled the ball inside the penalty area. However, substitute Griezmann would have the final say, scoring after an Atletico corner with the final meaningful kick of the game. 

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