2-1 thanks to a late strike from substitute Antoine Griezmann.
Mario Hermoso gave Atletico the lead in stoppage time with a looping shot over Diogo Costa,
but he handballed in his own area moments later,
allowing Mateus Uribe to score from the penalty. Griezmann later scored with a goal that he headed in at minute 101.
Atletico Madrid – FC Porto Played on September 07, 2022
Atletico Madrid defeats Porto, who are down a player,
2-1 thanks to a goal from substitute Antoine Griezmann in stoppage time. In stoppage time,
Mario Hermoso appeared to have given Atletico the lead with a looping shot over Diogo Costa, but he handballed in his own box a few moments later,
resulting in a penalty kick from Mateus Uribe. In the 101st minute, Griezmann scored the winning goal with a header.
The best opportunities for either team came from specific defensive mistakes. Both goalkeepers,
Mehdi Taremi of Porto and Joao Felix of Atletico,
came close to punishing similar errors in the first 45 minutes.
Koke gave Atletico the lead with a low-driven strike five minutes after the break,
but the advantage was short-lived as VAR overturned the goal because of offside.
When Diego Simeone substituted Mario Hermoso for striker Alvaro Morata,
he appeared content with a draw.
Mehdi Taremi, an Iranian attacker,
was brought down in the Atletico box in the 82nd minute. Instead of receiving the penalty he was hoping for,
he received his second caution of the night and was removed from the game.
This event, together with Otavio’s injury for Porto,
made for a protracted pause.
Hermoso gave the home team the lead in the 92nd minute with a deflected shot following some deft dribbling in the box.
Hermoso turned from hero to villain five minutes later as he let up a penalty for handball. Mateus Uribe narrowly defeated Oblak from the penalty spot to essentially guarantee a tie.
When Atletico pushed forward with all of their players,
they were rewarded with a corner,
which Axel Witsel rose highest to flick on for replacement Antoine Griezmann to head home the game-winning goal in the 101st minute.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone is approaching his 11th season in the role,
and his players continue to respond admirably to him.
It’s truly amazing how patient his side is, especially when they have control of the ball at home. They never waste an opportunity to attack.
Simeone’s squad is as organised and tenacious on defence as any group in Europe, but they also know when and how to launch an assault.
Atletico had significantly less attempts, shots,
and shots on target than Porto,
but they made excellent most of the opportunities they did produce.
The late goals from Hermoso and Griezmann only serve to highlight the fact that Simeone still has the players’ full support,
even after all this time.
Athlete of the game
As he continued to flourish in his new position at the centre of Atletico Madrid’s defence,
Axel Witsel was serenity personified. Even though he only came this summer,
the seasoned midfielder against Porto seemed amazingly at ease.
He was powerful both on the ground and in the air,
and he was essential to Atleti’s ability to keep the ball.
Witsel had the most passes completed and tackles won in the first half.
Even during set pieces,
he was successful in marking Pepe.
Witsel’s extraordinary dynamism had an impact as well. Witsel continued to advance
Atletico forward in search of a victory even in the 99th minute by carrying the ball out of his own end. When that attempt failed,
Witsel was once more responsible for ending Porto’s four-on-three break.
Then, with a few seconds left, Witsel successfully flicked on for Griezmann’s winning goal.
Atletico Madrid defeated 10-man Porto 2-1 at home on Wednesday
in the Champions League thanks to a goal by Antoine Griezmann in the 11th minute of stoppage time.
as extra time began in the competition’s opening group matchup between the two teams for the second consecutive year.
A deflected shot from the edge of the box by Atletico defender Mario Hermoso gave Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa little chance to stop it.
In the span of four second-half minutes,
The first was a close call when Callum Hudson-looping Odoi’s free kick in the 73rd minute nearly eluded everyone and rebounded into the goal,
with towering attacker Patrik Schick providing the tiniest of touches along the way.
it was overturned following a touchline review by Bosnian referee Irfan Peljto. Jonathan Tan of Leverkusen was just slightly offside as he went alongside Schick to try to get a touch on the free kick,
according to VAR.
Schick scored but in a blatantly offside position, giving the referee a much simpler choice.
Atletico Madrid won at home for the first time in the group stage of the Champions League since October 2020
during the thrilling match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium,
which saw three goals scored in stoppage time.
Prior to Mateus Uribe’s goal from the penalty spot five minutes later,
Mario Hermoso had opened the scoring for the home team. Thanks to Griezmann, the previous Spanish champions won the game in the game’s final extra minute.
After coming close in the first half,
Koke finally scored early in the second with a sharp right-footed strike into the bottom corner,
but it was ruled offside in the process,
and it was therefore disallowed.
Mehdi Taremi’s moment of craziness resulted in him receiving a second yellow card for diving inside the penalty area,
which resulted in Porto being reduced to 10 men.