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Porto v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary, 02/11/2022

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2 - 1
POR
ATM
M. Taremi (5)
S. Eustáquio (24)
Iván Marcano (90+5 og)
Estádio Do Dragão

Commentary

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Three points for Porto, coupled with just one for Club Brugge, means the Dragoes finish their group stage campaign as winners after six games, with four wins yielding 12 points, and the top seed when the round of 16 is drawn. The news isn't as good for Atletico, who needed to better Leverkusen's result in order to progress to the Europa League. A draw for Leverkusen sees them draw level with Atleti on five points, and their superior head-to-head record means that Diego Simeone's men won't play in the knockout stages of any European competition, for the first time since 2010-11.
Taremi's opener got Porto on their way, as it did against Brugge, and the forward was once more the focal point of the side as they topped Group B! He finished the game with three shots on target from six attempts, compiling a total xG of 1.21, and played four key passes to create chances for his teammates. He was right in the thick of things too, contesting a game-high 15 duels, eight of which came in the air, and winning the ball four times, all of which came in Atleti's defensive third.
It's all over, and Porto hold Atletico out, just, to win the game 2-1 and end matchday six as Group B winners! The hosts had the better opportunities early on in the second half, but after the introduction of several substitutes the game became an end-to-end free-for-all, with both sides having numerous chances late on! However, Atleti still couldn't pull one back, right until the very end, when Marcano's own goal gave them some hope. It was too little, too late though, and to make matters worse, Leverkusen's 0-0 draw with Brugge means the Rojiblancos are out of Europe altogether!
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: PORTO 2-1 ATLETICO MADRID.
Iván Marcano
Own Goal
Porto
90' + 5' GOOOAAALL!!!! Atleti have one back thanks to an own goal from Porto!!! Carrasco's in-swinging corner deflects off the back of Marcano's head, deceiving Costa and flying into the bottom corner!! The Porto rearguard is finally breached, but do Atleti have enough time to find a second?
90' + 5' A rushed clearance from the kick-off deflects off Cunha, and the Brazilian looks to bear down on goal but Costa has the ball in his hands, and is very grateful to do so!
90' + 4' Griezmann arcs a late free-kick into Porto's box, but Savic's near-post header deflects behind for a corner.
90' + 2' Griezmann flicks the ball over the top to Cunha, but Costa races out to snatch it from his feet, just as the Brazilian was about the pull the trigger!
90' + 2' SAVED!!! A golden chance for Atleti as they advance through midfield. Griezmann picks out Carrasco with a beauty of a pass from the outside of his foot, but the Belgian's early shot is stopped by the outstretched foot of Costa!
90' We'll play five minutes of added time to end the game, and is it enough for Atleti to find at least one of those elusive goals?
Gonçalo Borges
Otávio
Porto
89' Captain Otavio is the last change made for Porto, and Goncalo Borges will see out the game in his place.
Bernardo Folha
Galeno
Porto
89' Galeno has again been exceptional down the left for the Dragoes, and he comes off late for Bernardo Folha to replace him.
Rodrigo Conceição
Pepê Aquino
Porto
89' Pepe comes off in a triple change for the leading side, and is replaced by Rodrigo Conceicao for the final few minutes.
88' WIDE!!! Barrios' wide ball to Molina is cut back to an unmarked Griezmann, but he can only put his first-time effort wide of the post!
87' SAVED!!! Atletico look to the left again as Carrasco links up with Griezmann. He shoots low from the edge of the area, but Costa is again equal to the task and holds the ball!
86' Galeno gets beyond his marker and squares for Martinez in the six-yard box, but Savic steps in to hack the ball clear for the visitors.
Pablo Barrios
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
85' Correa is the next forward to be rotated for the visitors, as youngster Pablo Barrios enters the fray.
84' WIDE!!! De Paul steps in to cut out a pass from the back by Porto, and the ball falls to Cunha. He shoots from some 30 yards, and swings his effort just wide of Costa's far post!
82' SAVED!!! Oblak to the rescue, again!!! Galeno tries to create space for himself inside Atleti's box, but can't and lays the ball off to Wendell. He smashes a low first-time shot towards the bottom corner, which is seen late but still kept out by Oblak!
82' SAVED!!! Marcano drives forward into space before finding Wendell to his left. Wendell's central pass finds Taremi, whose shot from just inside the box is well stopped by Oblak!
Toni Martínez
Evanilson
Porto
81' Evanilson is next off for Porto, and Toni Martinez will take his place in the forward line for the hosts.
80' Carrasco has been very dangerous since coming on, and looks to advance up the left byline again, but Pepe gets across him to win the ball, before spinning away from the Belgian to race away on the counter for Porto!
79' Correa barges Cardoso to the floor before the two jump to contest an aerial ball, and the Atleti forward is rightly penalised by the referee.
77' BLOCKED!!! A cross from the right is touched down by Galeno to Taremi, who looks to place an effort into the bottom corner, but Witsel gets in the way to block the shot and send the ball looping over the bar and behind for a corner!
76' SAVED!!! De Paul finds Carrasco on the fly with a long pass wide and the Belgian shoots from a tight angle, with his low effort towards the near post stopped by the legs of Costa before his defenders clear the danger!
75' WIDE!!! It's so end-to-end right now as Porto fly forward once again!! Taremi's ball into the box is met by Galeno, who looks to round an onrushing Oblak before sending his shot from a tight angle wide of the post!
74' SAVED!!! Atleti make a fast break of their own and Carrasco's pass from the wing is met by Correa. He looks for the top corner with his first-time shot, but Costa stands tall and is able to parry it!
74' SAVED!!! Wendell's cross in is met by Evanilson at the front post, and his glancing header takes Oblak by surprise, but the goalkeeper still parries it before catching the loose ball!
72' Porto break down the other end and Galeno is in space. He finds Evanilson in a crowded box, and while the forward can't get a shot away, an intervention from Reinildo wins Porto another corner.
71' Despite that goal being somewhat of a let-off for Porto, they've still been Herculean at the back. They've hardly let the visitors have a sniff, and it's no wonder they've won both their Champions League games in which they've lead at half-time this season.
R. De Paul
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
69' A scuffle between De Paul and Cardoso takes place following that 'no goal' decision, and the Argentine midfielder is booked for the initial foul on Galeno.
Fábio Cardoso
Yellow Card
Porto
68' Cardoso ran right into the middle of that situation for no need whatsoever, and so the Porto centre-back is also shown a yellow card.
68' BALL IN THE NET!!! De Paul flies into a 50-50 with Galeno and the ball ricochets into the path of Griezmann. He blasts the ball beyond Costa and right into the top corner, but his excellent finish won't count due to the referee penalising De Paul for the foul!
67' BLOCKED!!! Atleti break down the left and Carrasco cuts inside before feeding Cunha. He shoots low towards the near post, but it's blocked into the side netting by a sliding Cardoso!
66' Gimenez is dispossessed by Taremi on the edge of his own box, but the goalscorer's square pass to Evanilson is snatched upon by Oblak, denying Porto a third and making up for some calamitous defending!
65' A Porto corner is drilled to the front post, where Cardoso arrives to flick a shot wide of the post and into the side netting!
63' The substitutes combine as Carrasco puts Cunha through on goal for Atleti, but Costa is out to smother the ball before Cunha can shoot, and the offside flag is up to deny him a chance regardless.
62' OVER!!! How has he missed that? Forward come Porto, as Galeno breaks past Molina before squaring to Taremi. He tees up Evanilson, who has time to shoot, but the forward rushes his shot and blazes it over the bar from 15 yards!
Matheus Cunha
João Félix
Atlético Madrid
61' Felix is also off following that speculative shot, and Matheus Cunha will replace him up front.
Y. Carrasco
Saúl
Atlético Madrid
60' Saul comes off in Atleti's first change, and Yannick Carrasco, whose late penalty miss denied the Rojiblancos a win against Leverkusen, will come on for him.
60' SAVED!!!! Correa plays it wide to Felix, who drifts in-field from the left. He's crowded out on the edge of the box, but is still able to get a shot away from 25 yards. It's a good effort that dips and swerves as it travels, but Costa gets down low to hold the shot for Porto in his first real save of the match!
59' Griezmann looks to put Felix through on goal with a pass between the Porto defenders, but Pepe steps in to win the ball back. Even if he hadn't, any goal scored by Felix wouldn't have stood, as the Portuguese was a good two yards offside at least!
57' Atletico failed to score a first-half goal in this game, making that unwanted stat their fifth goalless first 45 in six group matches. No team has failed to do so more often in this season's Champions League.
55' De Paul's cross-field pass puts Saul into acres of space, but his attempt to get beyond Pepe sees him dispossessed on the byline by the Porto right-back, who clears!
54' CHANCE!!! After Griezmann clips Taremi late, the resultant free-kick is played short to the Porto striker, whose cross from the byline is hacked away from danger by Gimenez!
Wendell
Z. Sanusi
Porto
53' Sanusi unfortunately can't carry on, and the left-back is helped off the field by his teammates before being replaced by Wendell.
51' SAVED!! Otavio's free-kick is headed clear, but the Porto captain soon pops up on the opposite wing to play Taremi in behind the defence. The Iranian shoots from a tight angle, and the shot is parried away by Oblak once more!
50' Sanusi felt the full force of Savic's mistimed tackle, and the Nigerian is still down receiving treatment on the edge of the Atletico box.
S. Savić
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
48' Savic's poor clearance is collected by Sanusi, who drives through the midfield and beyond the right-side defence. That's where Savic is, and the Montenegrin hacks down the Porto left-back, being shown a yellow card and conceding a free-kick in a dangerous position in the process.
47' Griezmann crosses for the arriving Saul at the back post, but Pepe gets a touch on the way through and Saul's shot flies wide of Costa's right post!
46' A bright start from Atleti as Molina drives forward before crossing early, but his ball into the box is cut out by a sliding Cardoso, before Marcano clears for Porto.
46' Taremi kicks off for the hosts, and we're back underway in Porto!
The players are back out for the second half, and will we see a response in the next 45 minutes from an Atletico side who have been sub-par at best?
Eustaquio arrived late in the box to slot home Porto's second goal, and the Canadian midfielder has been everywhere else for the hosts in that first half. He's completed a team-high 11 passes into the Atletico half, with six of these coming in the final third. As well as winning all four of his duels so far, the Porto midfielder has also been huge in defence, winning the ball five times via two tackles and interceptions apiece.
A dominant first-half display sees Porto enter the break with a 2-0 lead, having been a class above Atleti in that first 45 minutes. Taremi's fifth minute opener caught the visitors by surprise, and Eustaquio popped up to double that advantage within the next 20 minutes. Atleti have hardly had a half-chance, with Costa completely untested so far. And, as it stands, Porto are on course to win Group B, with Brugge and Leverkusen level in the corresponding fixture!
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: PORTO 2-0 ATLETICO MADRID.
45' We'll play two minutes of added time to close out the first half.
44' The block on that Grujic effort was the first Porto shot to be blocked by an Atleti player. The Dragoes have had seven in total, with five being on target. Compared to Atleti's one in five on target, it's not hard to see why the hosts are ahead here.
Reinildo
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
42' The referee comes back to book Reinildo for the late challenge, one which has left Otavio on his haunches receiving treatment.
42' The referee plays advantage after a Reinildo foul and Porto flood forward, with Pepe's ball to Evanilson resulting in a backheel to Grujic, whose effort is blocked wide by Gimenez!
41' BLOCKED!!! Molina sprints and stretches to keep the ball in play, doing so by crossing to Correa. He smashes a shot first-time, but Marcano gets in the way to block the effort and deflect it out for a throw!
M. Grujić
Yellow Card
Porto
39' Correa chases Grujic in-field but is caught in the face by the Porto midfielder's arm and wins a free-kick. Grujic is booked by the referee for the foul.
37' SAVED!!! Galeno beats Savic in the air to head forward for Evanilson, whose clever back-heel in the box finds Taremi. He squares the ball across for Otavio, who arrives to shoot-first time back across goal, but again the leg of Oblak deflects the shot away!
35' Porto were unbeaten on the first three occasions when hosting Atletico in Europe between 1963 and 2009, but have lost both matches while the Spanish side have been coached by Diego Simeone – 1-2 in October 2013 and 1-3 in December last year.
33' Gimenez tries his luck from 25 yards, but his effort is always rising and flies well over the crossbar!
32' SAVED!!! Good pressure from Saul forces Pepe into giving the ball away, and it's crossed into the box. It's half-cleared by the hosts, but drops to De Paul, whose first-time effort from the edge of the box is held by Costa!
30' Atleti have had more possession of the ball than Porto, with 56.4 per cent, but are doing little with it so far. They're yet to have a shot on target from two attempts, while Porto have done three times from five attempts, with two of those finding the net.
28' Marcano plays a good throughball forward for Galeno to chase, but Oblak rushes out of his goal to claim the ball before the Brazilian can.
26' Atletico Madrid have won their last two away games at Porto in the Champions League. They have never previously won three away games against a single opponent in the competition, and won't be doing so here either, based on what we've seen in the first quarter of this match.
Galeno
Assist
Porto
24' Galeno was arguably Porto's best player against Brugge, but couldn't manage to get on the scoresheet. He gets an assist here though, showing brilliant skill to beat Savic before teeing up Eustaquio for a second goal in as many Champions League games.
S. Eustáquio
Goal
Porto
24' GOOOOOAAAALLL!!!! Porto have a second!!! Sanusi's ball down the left finds Galeno, and the Brazilian spins away from Savic as he bursts forward. He enters the box and cuts the ball back from the left, to where Eustaquio arrives late to smash it beyond Oblak! A well-taken finish to a very well-worked goal, and Porto are 2-0 up and cruising here!
23' A loose touch from Galeno gifts Atleti a corner, but Griezmann's delivery is headed clear and De Paul's follow-up is blocked. Atleti try to create something in the box as the ball falls to Correa, but the offside flag is up before he can find space to shoot.
22' Atleti are winless in their last four Champions League games – they last had a longer run without a victory in the competition between December 2008-December 2009, when they went nine games without one prior to Diego Simeone’s arrival.
20' Savic's cross from the touchline finds the head of Felix, but the Madrid forward can't direct his effort on target and it bounces wide of the target.
18' Correa and Molina try to play a one-two down the right-hand byline, but the former's ball to the latter is overhit and goes behind for a goal kick.
17' Porto have certainly been the better side so far in this match, but it's worth remembering they have met Atletico on 11 previous occasions in Europe, with the Portuguese side only winning two of those meetings and losing five.
15' Porto have won each of their last three Champions League games without conceding a single goal, and while they have never previously won four in a row and kept a clean sheet, the only traffic has been towards the visitors' goal so far in this game.
13' SAVED!!! Porto cut through the Atleti defence with ease once more, but Galeno's heavy touch allows Gimenez to clear. Porto come straight back though, and Taremi puts the Brazilian in behind again, but Oblak makes a miraculous save with his legs to deny Galeno! What a stop from the goalkeeper!
11' Pepe rattles into a collision with Felix and is still down, with every increasing moment of medical attention suggesting the Porto right-back will need to come off.
9' Club Brugge hadn't conceded a goal in this season's Champions League until Porto came to town, with Taremi breaking that record 33 minutes into the first half. It's taken him 28 less than that to open the scoring here, and although the Atleti defence isn't as feared as it once was, it's still remarkable how well Porto did to create that scoring chance!
7' Mehdi Taremi has how directly involved in seven goals in this season's Champions League, with five goals and two assists. This is the most by an Iranian player in a single season in the competition on record (since 2003-04).
Evanilson
Assist
Porto
5' The drifting run of Evanilson helped him find space in a crowded box, and his superb pass for Taremi to tap in took every single Atleti defender out of the equation!
M. Taremi
Goal
Porto
5' GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! The Dragoes roar into the lead!!! Pepe drifts in-field and finds Evanilson with a fantastic reverse ball into the box. The Brazilian hits an early ball across the face of goal, and Taremi escapes the attention of Savic to tap it into an early nap! Atletico caught napping, but what clinical play from Porto to race into a 1-0 lead!
4' Porto break from an Atleti corner, and Galeno bypasses the sliding challenge of Reinildo to come forward with the ball. He crosses for Taremi from the right, but the striker's shot is wayward and flies well wide of Oblak's goal!
4' Atleti are unbeaten in their last five Champions League games against Porto, winning four of these. all of which have been during Diego Simeone’s reign. The last time they lost to the Portuguese side in the competition was in 2009.
2' Felix crosses for Saul arriving in the box, but Marcano scythes the ball away. It comes back to the Atletico forward, who floats the ball in again, but Costa is able to catch it in the Porto goal.
1' Felix kicks off for Atletico, and we are underway in the final round of the Champions League group stage!
The teams are heading out of the tunnel, and we're almost ready for kick-off at the Dragao!
Rodrigo de Paul’s equaliser ensured that Atleti got a point out of their last match against Leverkusen, but it should have been so much more. Yannick Carrasco, who scored their first, had an injury-time penalty saved, before two rebound shots hit the bar and a Rojiblancos player respectively to deny Diego Simeone’s men the victory. De Paul starts alongside Axel Witsel in midfield, while Carrasco is on the bench.
Mehdi Taremi was practically unplayable against Club Brugge, scoring twice and being involved in another as Porto shattered the Belgian side’s previously impervious defence to pieces. The Iranian striker starts up front for the hosts in this game, alongside Evanilson, who scored their third in Belgium from the right wing.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Ivo Grbic, Sergio Mestre, Sergio Reguilon, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Matheus Cunha, Felipe, Alvaro Morata, Yannick Carrasco, Mario Hermoso, Sergio Diez, Pablo Barrios.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Reinildo; Angel Correa, Rodrigo de Paul, Axel Witsel, Saul Niguez; Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix.
PORTO SUBS: Claudio Ramos, Samuel, Rodrigo Conceicao, Danny Namaso, Andre Franco, Wendell, Joao Mario, Bruno Costa, Toni Martinez, Goncalo Borges, Bernardo Folha.
PORTO (4-4-2): Diogo Costa; Pepe, Fabio Cardoso, Ivan Marcano, Zaidu Sanusi; Otavio, Marko Grujic, Stephen Eustaquio, Wenderson Galeno; Evanilson, Mehdi Taremi.
Antoine Griezmann scored a 101st minute winner for Atleti when these two faced off in Madrid, but that crazy game in which all three goals came in second-half stoppage time is the Rojiblancos’ only win of the competition so far. They also need to better the result Leverkusen against Brugge, if they’re to remain in third and qualify for the Europa League.
Sat second in Group B, Porto have already qualified for the knock-out stages, going four points clear of Atletico with a 4-0 win in Bruges last time out. Should they better leaders Brugge’s result in their corresponding match against Leverkusen, the Dragoes will finish as winners of the group.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this fixture in the UEFA Champions League, as Porto take on Atletico Madrid at the Estadio do Dragao.