Atletico Madrid clinched their place within the Champions League spherical of 16 on Wednesday by beating AS Monaco 2-zero at house whereas additionally guaranteeing that Thierry Henry’s hapless guests will now even miss out on qualification for the Europa League.
Koke scored Atletico’s quickest-ever Champions League objective inside two minutes and Antoine Griezmann added a second after 25 earlier than any hopes of a late Monaco comeback have been ended with Radamel Falcao’s 83rd minute missed penalty.
The win signifies that Atletico, who have been knocked out of the group stage of Europe’s elite competitors final season, superior to the knockout levels, provisionally main Group A with 12 factors from 5 video games.
Second-positioned Borussia Dortmund have been in motion in opposition to Membership Bruges afterward Wednesday however Monaco have been left assured to end backside of the group, having gleaned only one level.
Atletico took their early lead when Spanish midfielder Koke let fly from exterior the world and watched his shot float into the online with the assistance of a heavy deflection from a Monaco defender.
France ahead Griezmann doubled Atletico’s benefit halfway by way of the primary half, delivering a neat end with the skin of his left boot from shut vary.
Monaco, second from backside in Ligue 1 with solely two wins in all competitions, improved considerably within the second half as Atletico misplaced focus and carved out a lot of probabilities.
They have been introduced with an excellent likelihood of getting again into the sport with eight minutes remaining when Atletico defender Stefan Savic dealt with within the space and was despatched off for a second yellow card.
However in a second indicative of Monaco’s rotten kind, Falcao, former darling of the Atletico devoted, fully missed the goal from the spot on the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which can host the competitors’s ultimate subsequent June.