Atletico Madrid Crashed Out of UCL & Europa League After 2-1 Defeat to Porto


Atletico Madrid have crashed out of the UEFA Champions League and failed to make it to Europa League after suffering a 2-1 defeat in Portugal against FC Porto.

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Atletico Madrid crashes out of Europa League after 2-0 defeat to FC Porto

It is a difficult one for the La Liga giants as they have crashed out of all European club competitions after a disappointing result in Portugal.

After Champions League matchday five, Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen were eliminated from the Champions League.

FC Porto’s 4-0 win over Club Brugge in Belgium was a whirling storm that swept off every knockout hopes for Atletico Madrid.

Nevertheless, there was a slim lifeline. A win over Bayern Leverkusen at the Metropolitano stadium in Spain would have taken the battle for the knockouts to the last group game.

With the scoreline at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Carrasco missed a last-minute stoppage-time penalty that would have turned the tides.

Bundled out of the Champions League, the Diego Simeone-led team had to battle for the Europa League spot with Bayer Leverkusen.

Before the final game against FC Porto, Atletico Madrid sat third with five points, a point above Bayer Leverkusen, who had four points and were bottom of the group.

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Atletico Madrid needed a draw or win traveling to take on FC Porto in Portugal while hoping Bayer Leverkusen slips against Club Brugge.

Mehdi Taremi and Stephen Eustaquio scored to help Porto secure a 2-1 win at home to Atletico Madrid and finish top of the Group.

Porto had already made it to the last 16 but leapfrogged Club Brugge to finish as group winners with twelve points, a point ahead of the Belgians, who also went through.

Atletico finished bottom, failing even to qualify for the second-tier Europa League knockout round playoffs.

Porto took the lead just the fifth minute into the game after Taremi tapped in a cross from Evanilson to score his fifth goal in the competition this season.

Eustaquio doubled the lead in the 24th minute, firing into the bottom corner after Galeno sprinted down the left and played a cross inside the box.

Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann found the net in the 68th minute but the referee had already blown the whistle for a foul by Rodrigo De Paul on Galeno in the build-up, while Porto keeper Diogo Costa saved a shot from Angel Correa six minutes later.

Atletico Madrid needed an own goal in extra time by Porto defender Ivan Marcano to get a consolation, but Porto had already sealed their place with a win.

Atletico Madrid is the third La Liga club to crash out of the Champions League this season, with the likes of Barcelona and Sevilla all ruled out of the tournament.

Barcelona finished third in their group and will be heading to the Europa League. Six times Europa League champions Sevilla are more likely to make it to the Europa League.

They have 5 points and are 3 points above challengers FC Copenhagen, who have only two points.


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