Champions League

Brilliant João Félix pulled Atletico out of a difficult situation

João Félix

Atletico Madrid achieved its first victory in this year’s edition of the Champions League. The 3: 2 victory against RB Salzburg did not come easily. Shortly after the start of the second half, the “mattresses” lost 1: 2, but two goals by João Félix helped them take theirs. The Portuguese was the best player on the field. Before the break, he hit the crossbar with back scissors and generally took part in everything interesting created by Diego Simeone’s team.

RB Salzburg can regret the result because he missed a lot of positions in front of Jan Oblak‘s door. Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha were right for the Austrian team, which remained at the bottom in group “A” with 1 point, as does Lokomotiv (Moscow).

The beginning of the group stage did not bring pleasant emotions to Atletico. The team was defeated 0: 4 by Bayern (Munich) at the Allianz Arena, although it created several clear positions in front of the door of Manuel Neuer. RB Salzburg made a dramatic 2: 2 at home with Lokomotiv (Moscow) in a match in which the Austrians were in the role of favorite.

The situation in the group forced Atletico to win. However, Simeone could not count on two of his most creative players – Saúl Ñíguez and Yannick Carrasco. However, Luis Suarez was on the line and led the attack in tandem with João FélixAngel Correa and Marcos Llorente helped them on the flanks, and Diego Costa was absent due to injury.

Atletico is second in the group with 3 points, and the leader is Bayern with 6 points. In the next round, Madrid will visit Lokomotiv in Moscow, and RB Salzburg will host the Bavarian giant.

Group A

Rank Teams Played Won Lost Drawn Goal difference Points
1 BayernFC Bayern München 6 5 0 1 13 16
2 Atl. MadridAtlético Madrid 6 2 1 3 -1 9
3 RB SalzburgFC Red Bull Salzburg 6 1 4 1 -7 4
4 LokomotivFC Lokomotiv Moscow 6 0 3 3 -5 3
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