Griezmann goal earns Atlético win over Porto in frenzied finish – Winnipeg Free Press

MADRID (AP) — It took a goal from Antoine Griezmann 11 minutes into added time to end Atlético Madrid’s home struggles in the Champions League after a frenetic finish.

Griezmann found the net with a header from a corner in the final game of the match to give Atlético a 2-1 win over Porto at the Metropolitano Stadium on Wednesday with all three goals of the match scored after 90 minutes.

It was Atlético’s first win in nine home Champions League games. Diego Simeone’s team had not won at the Metropolitano in European competition since 2020.

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, right, battles for the ball with Porto’s Otavio during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Porto at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Mario Hermoso put Atlético ahead two minutes into added time but the hosts thought they were heading for another disappointing result when Porto equalized four minutes later with Matheus Uribe converting a penalty after a handball in the box.

Griezmann, again a substitute, got the winner from close range after an assist from Axel Witsel with a header from a corner.

Porto sent off Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi in the 81st minute.

Atlético failed to win any European home games last term, their last victory against Salzburg in the group stage the previous season.

Another setback would have added pressure on coach Simeone as Atlético had won just two of their first two Spanish league games.

Until stoppage time, Atlético’s closest goal on Wednesday was a second-half goal from Koke Resurrección disallowed for offside. João Félix and Álvaro Morata started in the lead but again struggled. Porto had a few chances but couldn’t exploit them.

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak started for Atlético after being listed as a doubt due to an injury picked up in the team’s Spanish league game last weekend.

Atlético have gone beyond the group stage eight times in the nine seasons they have played in the Champions League since Simeone took over in 2012. They were only eliminated at this stage in 2017-18, when he won the Europa League.

Porto were knocked out in the group stage last season. He hasn’t failed to qualify for the Round of 16 in consecutive seasons since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

It was the ninth meeting between the clubs in the Champions League, including two from last season in the group stage, when the Spanish side won 3-1 in Portugal and drew 0-0 at residence. Porto have only won two games against Atlético, drawing three and losing four.

Porto had won five of their first six matches this season, with Taremi scoring five goals.


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