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Porto v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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Sérgio Oliveira (90+6 pen)
A. Griezmann (56)
Á. Correa (90)
R. De Paul (90+2)
Estádio Do Dragão

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Atletico finish second in Group B and qualify for the next round. Porto, meanwhile, will have to make do with third place and the Europa League.
Atletico qualify for the last 16 following an action-packed 3-1 victory over Porto. The first half was a tight affair epitomising the importance of the game for both teams. The game finally opened up in the second half when Griezmann tapped in Lemar's corner. Tempers began to rise from there with both teams desperate to qualify. First, Carrasco was sent off for raising his hands at Otavio, and then the referee had to hand out multiple yellow cards to stop the protests. But it descended further when Wendell was sent off minutes later for Porto when he brushed off Cunha. Both teams clashed in the next few minutes and by the time the game was under control again, Porto were emotionally spent. Correa wrapped up the game with a well-taken one-on-one, before De Paul made it three from a scrappy counter-attack. Oliveira scored a late penalty for Porto, but Atletico barely noticed as they celebrated a huge win.
90' + 7' FULL TIME: PORTO 1-3 ATLETICO MADRID
Sérgio Oliveira
Penalty Goal
Porto
90' + 6' Oliveira gets Porto a consolation goal. 3-1. Oliveira steps up and calmly rolls a neat penalty into the bottom left corner.
90' + 5' Penalty to Porto! Hermoso hacks Evanilson down while on the floor, and the referee immediately awards Porto a penalty.
90' + 3' Five minutes of stoppage time have been added on.
R. De Paul
Goal
Atlético Madrid
90' + 2' And De Paul makes it 3-0! De Paul shrugs off Mbemba on the counter and advances into the box before hitting a shot against Costa from close range. The rebound falls to Griezmann whose effort is blocked away by Pepe, but De Paul is there to nudge it over the line from two yards!
A. Griezmann
Assist
Atlético Madrid
90' It was Griezmann's pass that released Correa, but that was all about the attacker keeping cool and finishing past Costa.
Á. Correa
Goal
Atlético Madrid
90' GOALLL! CORREA! 2-0. Atletico wrap the game up. Correa hits Porto on the counter and is clean through on goal with 40 yards to run! The attacker gets all the way into the box, before driving a composed finish beyond Costa!
89' Atletico are clinging on right now as cross after cross comes into the box.
87' Close! Vieira finds space to shoot from 20 yards and rifles a fierce effort that Oblak does well to hold at the first attempt.
85' Griezmann blazes over from 12 yards as Atletico look to wrap this game up.
Renan Lodi
Matheus Cunha
Atlético Madrid
83' Cunha - who came on as a sub himself - is replaced by Lodi as Atletico look to tighten up.
Fábio Vieira
Otávio
Porto
82' Otavio departs with Vieira coming on. 
Toni Martínez
M. Taremi
Porto
82' Porto throw on Martinez up top in place of Taremi.
J. Corona
M. Grujić
Porto
81' Grujic comes off in the fourth change with Corona taking his place.
Sérgio Oliveira
João Mário
Porto
81' Porto make four changes to try and refresh their side. The first sees Joao Mario make way for Oliveira.
79' Porto have managed just three shots inside the box in the second half, and they'll need to muster a huge effort to equalise now.
77' So it's 10 v 10 now in this one. The clashes at least show how much this game means to both teams, and they'll both be desperate to throw everything at these final 10 minutes to qualify.
A. Marchesín
Red Card
Porto
75' Marchesin - who was meant to be on the bench - was also sent off during the clashes between the two teams.
73' The officials eventually separate the two teams and the game restarts. Let's hope it doesn't boil over again...
Wendell
Red Card
Porto
71' Wendell is shown a red card too! The defender puts his arm up as Cunha attempts to snatch the ball off him, and the Atletico player throws himself down. The referee awards a red card and it seems like a harsh decision.
71' This game has spiralled out of control. It's a very poor scene: both sets of players and staff are arguing and pushing and the officials are struggling to calm everyone down.
Pepe
Yellow Card
Porto
69' Pepe was heavily involved in the melee and he's shown a yellow card.
Á. Correa
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
67' Correa furiously remonstrates with the referee following the red card and is shown a yellow for his protests.
Otávio
Yellow Card
Porto
67' Otavio is shown a yellow card for his part in that incident with Carrasco.
Y. Carrasco
Red Card
Atlético Madrid
67' Carrasco is sent off! Porto win a throw-in and Carrasco carries the ball away. Otavio rushes over and snatches the ball off the Atletico man, and Carrasco reacts by pushing Otavio in the face. The referee instantly sends the Atletico man off.
Á. Correa
T. Lemar
Atlético Madrid
66' Lemar makes way for Correa in attack.
65' Porto have been stunned by that goal and they'll need to regain their composure quickly.
Wendell
Z. Sanusi
Porto
63' Sanusi is replaced by Wendell in defence.
63' Atletico have produced six shots from inside the box in the second half. The visitors have managed to find some attacking fluency at the perfect moment.
62' CLOSE! Cunha surges forward with a brilliant run. The striker rides two challenges, before dinking a deft effort over the goalkeeper only for Pepe to race back and clear it off the line! Griezmann nudges the follow-up back towards Cunha, but the attacker can only flick the loose ball wide.
60' As things stand now then, Atletico are qualifying for the next round in second place.  
58' Griezmann was mobbed by his team-mates and Suarez ran all the way from the bench to join in with the celebrations. That goal meant a lot to the visitors. 
A. Griezmann
Goal
Atlético Madrid
56' GOALLL! GRIEZMANN! 1-0. Atletico take the lead against the run of play. Lemar swings in a dangerous corner and it flicks off Taremi, carrying it all the way through to the back post, where Griezmann taps in under no pressure from close range!
53' SAVE! Taremi latches onto Grujic's pass to get in behind at an angle. He drills an 18-yard strike across goal but Oblak keeps it out with his legs!
51' Llorente hits in a dangerous low cross, but Griezmann can't quite control it. The ball runs through to Carrasco who smashes a shot straight into Joao Mario.
49' CHANCE! Otavio outmuscles Carrasco near the byline and shrugs the Atletico man off the ball. Otavio then cuts it back to an unmarked Taremi who hammers it well over the bar from eight yards! He really should have hit the target then.
47' Hermoso heads clear Joao Mario's long throw. Porto are attacking with intent early on in this half.
46' Porto get the second half under way.
With Milan and Liverpool drawing, Porto are heading through in second place as things stand. However, they'll want a win to make sure that they qualify.
It's 0-0 after a tight, nervy first half. Atletico know they have to win today and they started with intent. They won every second ball and came close to taking the lead through Lemar and Llorente. However, Porto grew into the game and eventually pinned the visitors in. Diaz forced Oblak into a brilliant save, while Lemar narrowly avoided scoring an own goal, but Atletico held firm to keep it at 0-0 heading into the interval.  
45' + 2' HALF TIME: PORTO 0-0 ATLETICO
45' + 1' Atletico defend a series of corners just before the break.
44' Chance! Porto are in the ascendancy now! Otavio flicks a neat pass into Grujic who charges into the box unimpeded, before firing an 18-yard strike straight at Oblak.
42' CLOSE! Vitinha whips in a dangerous inswinging corner and Lemar anxiously flicks it on at the near post and the ball veers inches wide of the far post before going behind for another corner.
40' Diaz finds a little space on the edge of the box, but his shot flicks off Hermoso and goes behind. The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing.
38' The home crowd grows even louder as news comes through that Liverpool have levelled against Milan. As things stand, Porto are going through again.
36' Porto have picked up the pace suddenly. The crowd are roaring them on and they're beginning to attack urgently in numbers.
34' News is filtering through that Milan are leading against Liverpool in the other Group B match. As things stand, that'll mean that Porto have to win this match to qualify. It could result in a change of approach for the hosts shortly. 
M. Taremi
Yellow Card
Porto
32' Taremi is booked after clattering Llorente while trying to get to the rebound on Diaz's chance.
31' BRILLIANT SAVE! Otavio wriggles towards the edge of the box, before rolling in a low cross. It trickles into Diaz, who swivels before drilling a precise, low shot towards the bottom corner that Oblak stretches to push away! Taremi lunges for the rebound, but Llorente gets there first to clear.
29' Cunha forces Costa into a nervous clearance and Atletico win a throw-in high up the pitch. 
27' Grujic advances towards the edge of the box, before hitting a tame effort straight at Oblak.
25' It's been a tight, nervy game so far, befitting the importance of the result. However, following that chance, Atletico will be growing in confidence.
23' CLOSE! Carrasco skips past Joao Mario with ease and drills in a cross from the byline. Lemar arrives first at the near post and flicks it against Costa. However, the goalkeeper blocks it away and it falls to Llorente who fires in a low effort from a tight angle that the goalkeeper deflects away again!
21' Chance! Otavio sends in an inviting cross from deep and it flashes across the face of goal and misses Pepe by inches at the back post! If Pepe could have made contact that would have been difficult to keep out.  
19' Atletico allow Sanusi's long throw to bounce dangerously inside the box, but they eventually smuggle it clear.
17' Porto have been difficult to score against of late in Europe, and the absence of Suarez will only make this task more difficult for the away side. Since the start of last season, Porto have kept a clean sheet in four of their five home games in the group stage of the Champions League. The only team who have managed more in this period are the reigning champions Chelsea (six), who have already played their three home games in this season’s group stage.
15' Porto attempt to slow the game down with a long spell of possession following that Suarez substitution.  
Matheus Cunha
L. Suárez
Atlético Madrid
13' Suarez is injured. It appears as though he aggravated an existing injury and he'll be replaced up top by Cunha. The injury didn't look too serious but Suarez is in tears on the bench, knowing that he can't help his team qualify today.
11' Porto are coming under some early pressure. Atletico haven't managed to produce a clear shooting opportunity yet, but they're getting into dangerous areas. 
9' Carrasco leads a counter-attack for the visitors and it begins to open up for him. However, with a three-on-three emerging, Carrasco's throughball for Lemar is cut out by Pepe.
7' Atletico have made an imposing start. They win a corner, but Carrasco's delivery is cleared at the near post by Taremi.
5' It's been a feisty start. Lemar goes down under pressure from Pepe and wins a free-kick, prompting protests from the hosts. Then De Paul falls over with Otavio behind him and the two square up once the free-kick is awarded.
3' Llorente takes on Pepe down the right flank, but the defender keeps his composure and forces him out of play.
1' Atletico kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
A draw today will ensure that Porto finish above Atletico and will knock the visitors out of the Champions League. Following their home defeat to Milan last time out in the competition, Atletico come into this game in fourth place in their group. Since Diego Simeone took charge of the club, they have only failed to qualify for the knockout stages on one occasion in the previous eight seasons (2017-18).
Atletico, meanwhile, make five changes after their disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Mallorca. There are wholesale changes in defence as Savic, Felipe and Lodi make way for Vrsaljko, Carrasco and Hermoso. Lemar and Suarez also join the starting line-up in attack.
Porto make three changes to the side that beat Portimonense 3-0 last time out. Manafa, Cardoso and Uribe make way for Joao Mario, Pepe and Grujic.
SUBS: Ibrahima Camara, Benjamin Lecomte, Hector Herrera, Joao Felix, Christian, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha, Renan Lodi, Fran Gonzalez.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mario Hermoso, Yannick Carrasco; Marcos Llorente, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Thomas Lemar; Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.
SUBS: Francisco Meixedo, Wendell, Fabio Cardoso, Agustin Marchesin, Goncalo Borges, Nanu, Wilson Manafa, Toni Martinez, Jesus Manuel Corona, Bruno Costa, Fabio Vieira, Sergio Oliveira.
PORTO (4-4-2): Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi; Otavio, Vitinha, Marko Grujic, Luis Diaz; Mehdi Taremi, Evanilson.
Group B is finely poised heading into this final matchday. Liverpool sit at the top of the table with 15 points, but second place is there for the taking. Atletico and Milan are on four points, while Porto enter today on five. Both Porto and Atletico will be hoping that Milan lose, and that they can secure a win themselves to qualify for the last 16.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this crucial Champions League Group B fixture between Porto and Atletico Madrid.