Atletico Madrid progressed through to the Round of 16 in the Champions
League after a dramatic and bad-tempered win at Porto at Estádio do Dragão in a
match full of incidents in Group B.
The hosts shot themselves spectacularly in the foot, though, when they were reduced
to 10 men with the sending off of Borges Wendell.
As Porto pushed for the goal that would keep them in the competition, they were
twice hit on the counter-attack in injury time through goals from Rodrigo De Paul
and Angel Correa.
Sergio Oliveira tucked away a very late penalty but it was too little too late.
Late goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, and Rodrigo de Paul sealed Atleti’s
place in the Round of 16 as they won at Porto.
Griezmann opened the scoring against the run of play from a corner kick and as Porto
pushed for a vital equalizer, they were caught out on the breakthrough Correa and
then de Paul – while Sergio Oliviera netted a late consolation penalty for Atleti.
After Griezmann’s first goal, a series of brawls and bad-tempered clashes between the
players soured the occasion.
Atleti’s Yannick Carrasco was shown a straight red card after lashing out at Porto’s
Otavio – who received a yellow card – on the touchline, sparking a brawl.
The Portuguese side’s one-man advantage lasted only three minutes as Wendell –
who had only been introduced as a substitute minutes earlier – was dismissed for the
The Brazilian was attempting to take a quick throw-in as Atleti’s Matheus Cunha
stepped across him to block the move, and as Wendell brushed him off with an arm,
Cunha theatrically collapsed to the ground holding his face.
It was an incident that sparked another huge brawl, as Atleti boss Simeone played the
role as a peacemaker.