The Wanda Metropolitano outfit stayed authentic to their motto, ‘Never stop believing’, to secure their first win of the competition. They have now taken things down to the final match of the group phase due on December 5, despite Diego Simeone rotating his side and nearly giving up on qualification.
Antoine Griezmann effectively seized recognition and silenced the critics by pulling out an incredible effort on goal which evidently was the first goal of the breathtaking Champions League fixture, as Atletico Madrid went up against Roma.
An acrobatic goal which stunned the crowd seemingly was the forward’s first goal in nine games, and it came in the 69th minute. The Frenchman further set up Kevin Gameiro for the second goal in the closing stages as well.
El Atleti have managed to keep their knockout stages’ hopes alive owing to the significant victory, as even a draw would have seen the Spanish side being eliminated from the competition.
Marking an entertaining start to the contest, both sides were quick in the first half by exchanging half-chances regularly, along with displaying plenty of possession and quick football. Los Colchoneros, being desperate to break the deadlock and keep their slim Champions League hopes alive, pushed in with numerous chances against the Giallorossi after the break.
Nonetheless, they went on to open the scoring in the 69th minute, as Angel Correa raced onto a ball to keep it in play, and provided a hastened yet accurate cross into the box, which Griezmann acrobatically drove home at the far post.
The goal, which was sheer class, enticed a great deal of attention, as the decorated forward picked a good time to end his drought with a lovely scissor kick inside the box, which helped the Spanish side have a better hold over the match.
The away team then went down to 10 men in the 83rd minute, as Bruno Peres was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Filipe Luis, just two minutes apart from Atletico wrapping up the fixture as Kevin Gameiro, beating the offside trap, slotted home from a tight angle.
Natheless, despite the victory, Los Rojiblancos are evidently in no spot to breathe easily and celebrate the triumph, as it now boils down to the final match of the group stage, where they would be squaring off against Chelsea.
Written by Hritwik NE
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