Hi, my name is Ozzie Summerhill and join me tonight as we watch along Porto as they take on Atletico Madrid. All eyes will be on Madrid and Leverkusen tonight as they are currently battling for 3rd place in the group.
It is a 4-4-2 formation for the Portuguese side as they look to top the group after tonight’s results whereas Atletico are lining up with a 3-4-3, which manager will have set up the better team tonight? We will find out
1′ Atletico get the ball rolling to begin this first half of football
3′ Its an early foul from the home side and the free kick starts a fast attack from Madrid but the ball goes out for a corner
4′ Griezmann swings the ball into a dangerous area but no Atletico players there to meet it and the keeper easily catches the ball
4′ Porto counter off the corner and Taremi gets the ball on the edge off the box, but can only manage to scuff the ball
5′ Porto have made it 1-0! A through ball to Evanilson who fires the ball across goal to a free Taremi who taps the ball home. As it stands with this goal, Atletico can kiss the Europa league goodbye, time for Simeones team to keep their heads up and work from this.
8′ Porto have spent these opening minutes with all the possesion and all the chances, Atletico need to pick this up and fast if they want a shot at the Europa League
10′ Porto fullback Pepe has gone down after colliding with Madrid forward Joao Felix, the medics come on as he appears in discomfort but after a few minutes he is back on
12′ Wake up Atletico! Porto with yet another chance, a lovely reverse pass by Taremi to Galeno but Oblak makes a great stop from the shot straight at him and parries it wide for a corner.
This game is all Porto, Atletico need to equal the result of Leverkusen in order to make the Europa League and with this display so far, you’ve got to wonder whether Europa League is even in the conversation for the Spanish side.
18′ Atletico starting to get on the front foot a tad more now with a chance for Felix down the left side, but it is quickly shut down by Pepe
22′ Better from Atletico, Saul feeds Reinaldo down the line and the ball is crossed over everyone but leads to a corner for Madrid.
24′ ITS 2 for the side in blue! A long ball forward and Galeno pounces on the end of it beating Savic to the ball and cuts it back to a charging Eustaquio who finds the bottom corner with a beautiful strike.Embed from Getty Images
Atletico have got an even further mountain to climb now as they need to now get two goals back to ensure they equal the result of Bayern Leverkusen which is currently 0-0 in the 28th minute
Atletico are showing nothing that gives any inkling they are going to come back, everything is seeming off for the side, with misplaced sloppy passes to
32′ Its a chance for Atletico Madrid, a misplaced clearance by the fullback drops to Joao Felix who finds Correa, who falls to ground, and the ball is dropped pack to De Paul on the edge whose shot is lucky to reach the goal, very easily collected by the Porto keeper.
37′ Porto with a beautiful chance, a long ball forward and you can just see that Porto want this more with some incredible work rate to get on to the falling ball. It’s dropped to Taremi who holds offs the defender brilliantly and slips a wonderful pass into Evanilson but the feet of the Slovenian goalkeeper are in the way
39′ Yellow card, Porto midfielder Grujic blindsides forward Angel Correa with a swinging arm and ends up in the referee’s notepad
42′ Yellow card, Reinaldo clashes legs with Otavio and takes the Brazilian winger to the ground
44′ Corner kick for Porto which results to nothing, and Atletico boot the ball to safety and give themselves time to regroup
45′ 2 minutes to be added to this first half, from the looks of it that whistle cannot come any sooner for the Spanish side. They have been sluggish for this entire half, what can Simeone say to help inspire this lacklustre Atletico side?
45+2′ The whistle has gone, and the first half has ended
This has been a rather poor display from Atletico Madrid, but you can never count a team out in the Champions League as we have had some monumental comebacks in the past so stay tuned because Atletico still have a chance to claw this game back as long as they can ensure they can start quick.
Porto have had it relatively easy they have been all over this Atletico side and will be hoping for more of the same in this second half.
45′ Porto get the game rolling for the second half and Atletico are already showing a different level of energy we have not seen from them yet tonight.
45′ Both sides come out with no changes made, is this going to be a good decision from Simeone to leave the same team out?
48′ Yellow card, it is a rash challenge from Atletico defender Savic who collects a booking to sum up a rather poor performance
50′ The free kick is delivered beautifully but Savic gets across to get rid of the ball, the chance is still on as Porto collect the ball and find Taremi who shoots goalwards but Oblak finds himself in a good position to beat the ball away
52′ First substitution of the night, Number 12 Sanusi is forced off and on comes Brazilian fullback Wendell, the former Leverkusen player will surely be there to help ensure Porto maintain this result and allow his previous club to get their Europa League place
55′ After a good 2 minutes’ worth of energy, Atletico have once again fallen away, and Porto are having all of the ball and Atletico are showing no real threat
57′ In our other group B clash, Leverkusen have come close, with Leverkusen striker Schik hitting the bar
59′ ‘Lazy save’ BT Sport commentator is not happy with Joao Felix’s attempted shot from range that goes straight into Costa’s palms
61′ Its a double substitution for the Spanish side, Matias Cunha comes on for Joao Felix and Yannick Carrasco comes on to the pitch to replace Saul Niguez, this is a good move by Simeone, but could it be too little too late?
63′ So close to 3, Porto piling on the pressure and the ball drops to Evanilson who can only find the stands with that attempt. It remains 2-0
66′ You would think Atletico have placed bets against themselves, they are constantly giving the ball away and just shwoing no signs of wanting to win
68, Griezman has found the back of the Porto net but thew whistle has gone for a foul leading up to the finish and the VAR have agreed with the referee’s decision, a very controversial decision from the ref as most people, including myself, would definitely agree that there was no foul.
69′ Yellow card, a tussle between De Paul and Cardoso after the decision is given leads to them both with a booking and tensions are running all over this field
73′ End to end chances! A wonderful Porto header is straight at Oblak and away Atletico break with Correa getting a shot off but an easy save for Diogo Costa
76′ Another chance for Atletico, Carrasco makes a beautiful run and brings the ball down, but an extended leg of Costa keeps the shot from net, regardless, the flag has been raised on the Belgian winger.
Yannick Carrasco has really sparked this Atletico side but yet still no goal to show for all his efforts, it’s becoming more and more unlikely for Atletico as each minute goes passed
80′ Is there any answer to Porto fullback Pepe, he has had a field day down this line being able to stop everything that has come to him,
81′ Substitution for Porto. Evanilson has been subbed off after a phenomenal performance and on comes Spanish Striker Toni Martinez
84′ Time is ticking away for Atletico
85′ Substitution for Athletico. Angel Correa is brought to the bench and on comes Barrios for his Champions League debut for Simeone’s side
87′ Atletico have had no answer all night for this strong Portuguese side, a disallowed goal by Griezman looked to change the game for Atletico but they just sat back and have not looked like they have wanted anything
89′ Griezman has a golden opportunity but can only put the ball wide of the post.
89′ Substitution for Porto. 3 changes for the Portuguese side
90′ 5 minutes to be added on and Atletico are really pushing now for a goal, but it would be merely consolation at this point, Carrasco and Cunha both have excellent chances, but Diogo Costa has been more than equal to both
Club Brugge and Leverkusen has ended 0-0, meaning that Porto have finished top of the group unless 2 rapid goals can come from Atletico
90+3′ And a goal they have found, corner from Carrasco finds its way into the back off the net off of a Porto head, it is 2-1 and Atletico have seconds to find another, can the impossible be made possible?
90+5′ The whistle has gone, and Atletico can say goodbye to European football as Leverkusen’s draw puts them above them in the group and gives them Europa League football.
Atletico will feel a bit hard done by the result with some controversial decisions but not to take anything away from Porto who played an incredible game from start to finish and were all over them.
Man of the Match has got to be Porto Forward Galeno, from start to finish he showed passion and was fighting the entirety of those 90 minutes.
Thank you for joining me for this watch along and be sure to join me again soon for more live blogging.