Champions League: Atlético 2 – 0 Galatasaray

Griezmann double seals passage into Champions League last 16

Griezmann taps home the second goal

Griezmann taps home the second goal

Atlético Madrid booked their place in the next round of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, with two goals from Antoine Griezmann earning a 2-0 win against Galatasaray in the Vicente Calderón.

Just like in the reverse fixture back in September, the Frenchman made the difference but it was a strong performance from the whole team, who are now level on points with Benfica at the top of Group C.

Cholo Simeone opted to make just one change to the team that won at Real Betis on Sunday, restoring Josema Giménez to the line-up in place of Stefan Savic following injury. Fernando Torres kept his place up front.

The red and whites made a fast start to the match, looking to get on the ball and open up Galatasaray from the outset. The Turks had assistant Cláudio Taffarel in charge, having only appointed new manager Mustafa Denizli on Monday.

It was they who would have the game’s first real chance, but after a fantastic touch to put himself in 1-on-1 with Oblak, somehow Wesley Sneijder dragged his left-footed effort wide of goal from close range.

Gala were left to rue the miss, as moments later they found themselves trailing. It was a case of déjà vu for them, Antoine Griezmann striking like he did in Istanbul to open the scoring.

The goal came from a fluid move down the right for Atleti, with Gabi picking up the ball in space out wide before putting it on a plate for the Frenchman to exquisitely head the ball home for 1-0.

In terms of chances the first half wasn’t too eventful, although it was the home side who enjoyed the possession and played more or less the whole game in their opponent’s half of the field.

Griezmann came closest to doubling the lead before the break, but Fernando Muslera – not for the last time on the night – was equal to his long range volleyed attempt.

Atleti started turning on the style after the break and opened up the Cim-Bom on a number of occasions, but were again struggling to convert their dominance into goals as has been the case pretty much all season.

Carrasco almost found the net less than a minute after the re-start and Godín – left unmarked inside the six-yard box – managed to head Koke’s cross back in the direction it came from rather than beyond his compatriot in the Galatasaray goal.

Muslera made a number of impressive stops to keep the scores low, but could do nothing about the second goal as his defence was carved open once more.

It was the same combination as the first goal for the hosts, and after a delightful nutmeg to break free of his marker, the outstanding Gabi layed the ball across for Antoine Griezmann to tap home his second.

2-0 didn’t flatter Atleti, and they continued to go for more in the final stages, especially with Fernando Torres still chasing his 100th goal for the club in attack.

Torres’ only real chance came towards the end from just outside the box, but Muslera got down well to palm the ball away. He did set one up for substitute Vietto with a delightfully weighted pass, but the Uruguayan stopper made the stop once again.

The best chance for the third fell to Óliver Torres, but after goodwork from his namesake yet again, he still couldn’t beat Muslera despite having the freedom of the penalty area.

As it were, the game fizzled out in quiet fashion, with Gala’s only real effort of note coming from a Wesley Sneijder free-kick on the edge of the box that curled harmlessly into Oblak’s hands.

Cholo’s side had 25 efforts in total, twelve of those on target of which Muslera was equal to ten. He was able to afford rests to Griezmann, Carrasco and Tiago before full-time such was the dominance, all of whom given rousing receptions by the Calderón.

The win takes Atleti up to 10 points alongside Benfica, and mathematically certain of a place in the last 16. However, Raúl Jiménez’s double in Astana earlier today means that we will need to go to Lisbon and win in two week’s time in order to top the group.

Next up, the rojiblancos are back in action at the Calderón with a league game against Espanyol on Saturday, where a win will take our unbeaten run to ten matches.

Atlético Madrid Galatasaray
Atlético Madrid 20 Galatasaray
Griezmann 14' 
Griezmann 65' 
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 25 November 2015
Kick Off 20:45 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Tiago (75')
Carrasco (71')
Griezmann (68')
Substitutes used
Vietto (68')
Óliver (71')
Saúl (75')
Denayer (25')
Balta (78')
Kisa (63')
Substitutes used
Adin (25')
Bulut (63')
Gumus (78')

Match Stats

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  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I haven’t watched the game, I will try to watch it later, but until then let me say that this is the first time in our history to reach UCL knockout stage 3 seasons in a row . Of course it is, since this is also the first to reach the group stage for 3 consecutive seasons .
    There have been a lot of criticism for El Cholo recently, but one thing nobody can argue about is that he brings stability and continuity .
    It’s because of his strong personality and his great relationship with everybody in the club more than his tactics, not saying that they are bad, but, obviously, there is a room for improvement .

    Speaking of tactics, we have nothing to lose in da Luz (nice rhyme here), of course there is the 1.5 million, but we didn’t care too much about it in Astana, and the 2nd place doesn’t necessary mean that we will get a stronger opponent, we could get Wolfsburg or PSV or Zenit, while we could finish 1st and get PSG, so let’s try something different there :
    Correa – Oliver – Carrasco
    and let’s see what will happen, and I’m 100% sure that we will thrash Benfica .

    It took Torres 230 minutes at the beginning of the season to score his 98th & 99th goal with Atleti, then he has been searching for the 100th for 510 minutes.
    Pressure ?!

    I have never doubted Gabi, and I probably was the only one here who though that his 2014-15 season wasn’t really that bad, my only remark about him -just like many of you- was that we don’t need both of him and Tiago at the same time .

    If Grizi left next season, even if Diego Costa came back, we are totally fucked .

  • Parsa

    At last, Simeone is making some sense and he is using 3 central players in midfield with Griezi and Carrasco on the wings. Koke and Gabi were monsters tonight! I think this new midfield line is giving both of them great support and freedom to dictate the tempo of the game and orchestrate our attacks. And they have the guaranty that Tiago is right behind them for cover. With this shape, I think we can use both Gabi and Tiago and it won’t be a problem for us. They are both on form and certainly are our best midfielders right now. This new system can also help Oliver and Saul to play at the center, not wings. I think the reason that Cholo hasn’t been rotating recently is because he wanted us to gain consistency. And that was fair I guess.

    Gabi is like an idol for me so I’ll always back him regardless of criticisms. But I hope at least after tonight he’ll be more appreciated by our fans. Just like you do.

  • Chewie

    Correa-Oliver-Carrasco should absolutely play together. Yesterday we tried to play combination football in the first half, and it was quite pointless. As soon as Oliver came in, things improved greatly. I’m very excited to watch the Benfica game with the team being allowed to play as recklessly and aggressively as they want. If we play like we played yesterday with the right formation and squad, Benfica will be ripped apart. I hope Simeones realises that too, and he will give the fans a chance to feist on beautiful football after all the recent disappointment.

  • Kris

    Hey man what the fuck is wrong with you? Don’t call those games a “disappointment” or criticize Simeone, because if you do, the “real” Atletico fans will come and rip you apart. They’ll tell you to to stop being a bitch because we don’t “whine in the Calderon” and go support Barca or Bayern. Oh, we have had shitty seasons in the past and this is so much better compared to any of those shitty seasons, so don’t call for improvements in the game to do better than last seasons,because we have such a great squad. Instead, just sit back, relax, and watch because even if we do end up finishing only 7th, it’s much better than those shitty seasons we had.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    They are either some children or some trolls, they don’t deserve your anger, and they don’t deserve a reply .
    Some of them did actually say that without Simeone we will be relegated, how can you reply to that ?!!
    Just ignore them and they will get bored, and keep doing what are you doing, all of you, your great analysis and constructive criticism, and most importantly, keep teaching those who don’t know that Atletico de Madrid was always a great club, many years before our beloved Cholo was even born, and will stay great too many years after he leaves .

  • nitesh

    Yes only idiot like you and your leader can come up with something like that. You people are totally blind .I can give a god damn explanation to your every fucking sentence above , but it is not worth it., You people are like dogs tail. Sorry for the abuse but you deserve it for your above mockery. Just continue with your criticism of fuck Simeone and we will get along fine without trying to poking our noses into each other.
    Give respect and take respect , that is all i will ask of you, after all we are all same club fans with just difference of opinions.
    I cant exactly recall the relegation sentence but i never said we will be relegated without Simeone, this guy is just manipulating and saying this to get more support from you guys . Totally ridiculous person than I first thought of him.

  • nitesh

    Alright , I got the post where i said this . Simeone should not sacked until we are fighting relegation. That was a bit of overstatement to this guy’s constant murmuring of Simeone should be sacked. Just a reply to him in general. Didnt mean it otherwise. And with Simeone I know we will always be in top 4 , But this guy here gas totally manipulated it .
    I hope he doesnt do something like that again.