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Atlético Madrid 2-0 Monaco: Two first half goals secure Atléti’s place

Atlético Madrid verified their place in the Champions League Spherical of sixteen with a 2- victory over AS Monaco last night.

Diego Simeone made two variations to the side that drew 1-1 with Barcelona at the weekend, with Angel Correa changing the hurt Diego Costa and Thomas Partey getting to the centre of midfield in place of Saul.

Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry secured his to start with win as Monaco manager at the weekend with a 1- victory away to Caen. The man who gained the Champions League with Barca made 4 variations to the weekend’s winning side, with previous Atleti forward Radamel Falcao becoming relegated to the bench in place of Moussa Sylla, as very well as Andrea Raggi, Samuel Grandsir and Han-Noah Massengo changing Benjamin Henrichs, Youssef Ait Bennasser and Sofiane Diop.

It took the home side just 90 seconds to break the deadlock when Filipe Luis correctly found Koke with a 25-yard move. The skipper hit a weak shot which appeared destined to head straight in direction of Diego Benaglio, however the ball took a large deflection off seventeen-yr old defender Benoit Badiashile and finished up in the back of the goal.

Los Colchoneros continued to search the excellent side and in the 24th minute doubled their lead. Angel Correa correctly made his way in to the box and with enable from a slip from Jemerson effortlessly found Antoine Griezmann in the centre of the box to tap in from close selection. Griezmann and Filipe Luis each experienced probabilities to lengthen the home side’s lead however the to start with half finished with Atleti comfortably in the driving seat.

A youthful Monaco side continued to be submissive to Atleti’s game play in the next half, therefore Henry made the decision to carry on Falcao to incorporate a much more attacking presence in the team. The Colombian did regulate to hit a few of attempts after getting to the field, however could not find a way to get a goal back again for the people.

In the sixty fifth minute Stefan Savic was lucky to escape a straight sending off possessing raised an elbow at a corner. That luck ran out seventeen minutes afterwards however, when the Montenegrin was demonstrated a second yellow for a handball in the box. Falcao stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and even though he sent Jan Oblak the incorrect way, he noticed his effort and hard work go vast and the game was effectively above.

Borussia Dortmund joined Atléti in the next phase after a – draw with Club Brugge at the Westfalenstadion. Atleti journey to Girona this weekend in La Liga with Monaco hoping to realize a second Ligue 1 win of the season at home to Montpellier.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak Arias, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis Lemar (Kalinic, 63), Rodri, Thomas, Koke (Vitolo, 45) Correa (Saul, sixty nine), Griezmann

Monaco: Benaglio, Biancone, Jemerson, Badiashile, Raggi Grandsir, Massengo, Tielemans, Chadli (Diop, 63), Golovin (Thuram-Ulien, 63), Sylla (Falcao, 55)

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