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Unbeaten Atlético end Porto hopes

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.55CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 FC Porto
Raúl García and Diego Costa goals ensured Diego Simeone's unbeaten side finished ten points clear in Group G and ended Porto's campaign.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoPorto

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)38
 
62
Total attempts9
 
19
on target7
 
7
off target2
 
12
blocked1
 
4
against woodwork0
4
Corners4
 
13
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
19
Fouls suffered18
 
20
Passes370
 
681
completed217
 
524

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.55CET

Unbeaten Atlético end Porto hopes

Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 FC Porto
Raúl García and Diego Costa goals ensured Diego Simeone's unbeaten side finished ten points clear in Group G and ended Porto's campaign.

FC Porto's hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage were dealt a decisive blow by an ambitious Club Atlético de Madrid side, who will present an ominous prospect for any opponent in the round of 16 having won Group G by an imposing ten-point margin.

The Dragões' qualifying task was a simple one: win and hope FC Zenit slipped up away to FK Austria Wien in the section's other game. With just 14 minutes on the clock, those plans began to unravel when Raúl García span to find the net from an acute angle with the help of the crossbar. Jackson Martínez's subsequent penalty miss would prove costly for Porto, the in-form Diego Costa racing through to score Atlético's clinching second before the break.

A worst-ever home campaign in a UEFA Champions League group phase had damaged Porto's slim chances of advancing, yet brighter away form hinted at better things to come here. Those hopes were raised further when, following a bright start, Jackson rattled the crossbar with a seventh-minute volley from Josué's centre.

Despite Atlético sealing first place in Group G on matchday four, García had insisted his team would not relax and so it proved. The 27-year-old cleverly took the ball down on the right of the area before spinning and firing in off the underside of the crossbar from the tightest of angles to give Diego Simeone's men the lead.

With coach Paulo Fonseca a visible presence on the touchline Porto responded, Lucho González testing UEFA Champions League debutant Daniel Aranzubia before Silvestre Varela's lopping header grazed the top of the crossbar. Their forward momentum unceasing, Porto were awarded a penalty when Aranzubia raced across his box before felling Martínez, yet the goalkeeper quickly made amends, blocking Josué's spot kick.  

The two-time European champions would quickly be made to pay. After Martínez had connected with the woodwork once again, Óliver Torres's through pass sent Costa clear, the striker nodding past the onrushing Helton and prodding in to double Atlético's advantage. 

Urgently needing a way back into a match that tightened up considerably after the interval, Porto continued to be frustrated by the frame of the goal, substitute Licá striking the base of a post as his side desperately sought openings. At the other end, García might have got a second when a loose ball fell kindly, yet he blasted straight at Helton.

Atlético had already done enough, though, and now await Monday's draw as their foray into the competition continues into the new year. Porto will resume their European campaign in the UEFA Europa League.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.11CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

porto

Porto

1
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
Yellow Card27
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
6
KokeKoke
2
DaniloDanilo
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution82
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
Yellow Card31
Substitution64
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Goal14
4
MaiconMaicon
12
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Yellow Card54
8
JosuéJosué
Yellow Card6
Penalty28
Substitution46
14
GabiGabi (C)
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Yellow Card41
16
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres
Substitution62
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
17
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Yellow Card78
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Goal37
Substitution46
25
FernandoFernando
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Yellow Card66
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
23
MirandaMiranda
35
DefourSteven Defour
Yellow Card38
Substitution78

Substitutes

45
David GilDavid Gil (GK)
24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
10
QuinteroJuan Quintero
9
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution46
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
Substitution64
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution62
16
HerreraHector Herrera
Substitution78
18
GiménezJosé María Giménez
19
LicáLicá
Substitution46
21
BaptistãoLéo Baptistão
Substitution82
21
RicardoRicardo
27
LucasLucas
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Paulo Fonseca (POR)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Achmüller (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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