Atlético v Monaco facts

Atlético Madrid are closing in on the round of 16 while Monaco are out and now seeking to end a long winless run.

José María Giménez after scoring Atlético's winner at Monaco
José María Giménez after scoring Atlético's winner at Monaco ©AFP/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid can book their place in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds when they take on a Monaco side whose long winless European run has made for a tough Group A campaign to date.

• While Atlético beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in Madrid on matchday four to join their opponents on nine points, Monaco suffered their biggest European defeat, going down 4-0 at home to Club Brugge to remain on one point and out of contention for a top-two finish.

• Atlético will be through if they win, or if Club Brugge fail to gain victory at Dortmund in Group A's other matchday five game. Monaco can finish third but trail Brugge by three points and must reduce that gap.

• Los Colchoneros had to come from behind to win at Monaco on matchday one, however, Samuel Grandsir having given the home side an 18th-minute advantage. Atlético engineered what proved to be a decisive turnaround before half-time, however, goals from Diego Costa (31) and José María Giménez (45+1) securing the win.

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Atlético
• Diego Simeone's side were 3-1 winners at home to Club Brugge on matchday two having won at Monaco. They unexpectedly went down 4-0 at Dortmund on matchday three – their joint heaviest European defeat – but turned the tables on the German club with a victory at the Estadio Metropolitano last time out thanks to goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann.

• The defeat in Dortmund ended Atlético's five-match winning run in European games, and is only their second defeat in their last 18 matches in continental competition (W12 D4).

• UEFA Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016, and semi-finalists two seasons ago, Atlético won only one game in the 2017/18 competition, drawing four to finish behind Roma and Chelsea in their section.

• However, Los Rojiblancos then moved into the UEFA Europa League, winning their first five matches and losing only one of nine overall as they defeated Marseille 3-0 in the Lyon final.

• Atlético won only one of their three home games in last season's group stage, and had their 11-match unbeaten home European run (W9 D2) ended by a 2-1 loss against Chelsea on matchday two – the Spanish club's first continental game at their new Estadio Metropolitano home.

• Atlético have won their last seven home European matches – the Club Brugge success on matchday two was the only one in which they conceded a goal. The Chelsea reverse is their only loss in the last 20 games in their own stadium (W16 D3).

• Atlético have won their last three matches against French clubs, and have lost only one of their 14 fixtures against Ligue 1 sides. They are unbeaten in their last six such fixtures (W4 D2) and have won five of their six games at home to Ligue 1 visitors (D1).

• Diego Simeone's side have already lifted European silverware this season, beating Real Madrid 4-2 in August's UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn – making them the first team to win the competition on their first three appearances.

• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last nine seasons.

Monaco
• Having opened with that Atlético defeat, Monaco went down 3-0 in Dortmund on matchday two. The 1-1 matchday three draw at Club Brugge extended their run of European away games without a win to six (D3 L3); the 4-0 home defeat that followed was their sixth loss in a row at the Stade Louis II.

• Monaco have fielded 25 players in the first four matchdays – more than any other team.

• Monaco are without a win in 12 European games (D3 L9), since a 3-1 home victory against Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg in April 2017.

• Second in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco reached the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals but finished bottom of their group last season having collected two points from their six games.

• The French side had won their previous three matches against Spanish Liga opposition, including away (2-1) and home (1-0) victories against Villarreal in the 2016/17 play-offs, before being beaten by Atlético on matchday one.

• Monaco won on two of their last four visits to Spain (L2) – their only successes in ten away games against Liga opponents (D1 L7).

• Runners-up in 2004, Monaco remain the last French team to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

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• Thomas Lemar joined Atlético from Monaco this summer having made 90 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, scoring 16 goals. He was part of the side that lifted the French title and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17.

• Radamel Falcao scored 52 goals in 68 matches for Atlético between 2011 and 2013, including two in the 2012 UEFA Europa League final victory against Athletic Club, and also featured in the 2013 Copa del Rey final win against Real Madrid.

• Antoine Griezmann scored past Danijel Subasić in France's 4-2 defeat of Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final in July; Atlético's Lucas Hernández was also in the France team, with Djibril Sidibé of Monaco and Lemar unused substitutes.

• Aleksandr Golovin helped Russia beat a Spain side featuring Koke and Diego Costa in the World Cup round of 16, scoring in the hosts' shoot-out victory.

• Falcao scored in both Porto's games against Atlético in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Have played in Spain:
Stevan Jovetić (Sevilla, 2016/17)
Jordi Mboula (Barcelona B, 2016/17)

• Have played together:
Nikola Kalinić & Danijel Subasić (Hadjuk Split, 2008/09)
Stefan Savić & Stevan Jovetić (Fiorentina, 2012/13)
Vitolo & Stevan Jovetić (Sevilla, 2016/17)

• International team-mates:
Thomas Lemar, Lucas Hernández, Antoine Griezmann & Djibril Sidibé (France)
Nikola Kalinić & Danijel Subasić (Croatia)
Gelson Martins & Rony Lopes (Portugal)
Santiago Arias & Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
Stefan Savić & Stevan Jovetić (Montenegro)
Filipe Luís & Jemerson (Brazil)

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Atlético
• Antoine Griezmann made his 50th appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, on matchday four.

• Jan Oblak's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.

• Atlético have won three of their last six league fixtures, drawing the other three, including a 3-2 win over Athletic Club on 10 November in which Rodri scored his first goal for the club.

• The Rojiblancos were denied victory against then Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday by a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

• The 4-0 loss in Dortmund on matchday three was Atlético's biggest defeat of Diego Simeone's reign and their heaviest since a 5-0 reverse at Barcelona on 24 September 2011.

• Diego Costa scored twice in Atlético's 4-2 extra-time defeat of Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on 15 August. Saúl Ñíguez and Koke were also on target.

• Costa has scored three goals in five UEFA club competition appearances this season, but had not found the net in domestic football since striking against Sevilla on 25 February before opening the scoring against Barcelona on Saturday. That ended a run of 18 Liga games without a goal, during which time he had scored five times in Europe.

• José María Giménez has been out since being replaced on matchday four with a hamstring injury.

• Stefan Savić (thigh, out since 3 November), Lucas Hernández (adductor, 6 November) and Costa (foot, 10 November) all returned from injury against Barcelona. Diego Godín (hamstring) has been out since the Athletic game on 10 November.

Monaco
• Nacer Chadli made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on matchday four.

• Monaco have won only two of their 19 matches this season, but were 1-0 victors at Caen on Saturday, their first triumph since the 3-1 success at Nantes on the opening day of Ligue 1 on 11 August. They have lost 12, including 11 of the last 16 and four in a row before Leonardo Jardim's departure on 11 October.

• Both Monaco's wins this season have come away from home.

• Thierry Henry's reign as Jardim's replacement also got off to a losing start as a result of a 2-1 reverse at Strasbourg before draws at Club Brugge on matchday three and 2-2 with Dijon on 27 October, his first home game. His new club went down 1-0 at Reims before losing 4-0 at home twice in a row, against Club Brugge on matchday four and Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on 11 November.

• Monaco were also beaten 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Trophée des Champions on 4 August.

• Monaco have ten points after 14 Ligue 1 games in 2018/19, 19 less than at the same stage last season.

• The 12-match run without a Ligue 1 victory (D4 L8) was the club's worst in the top flight since a 13-game winless streak between February and August 1986.

• Les Rouge et Blanc had failed to score in three games in a row, shipping nine goals in the process, before the win at Caen.

• Radamel Falcao scored the winner at Caen, his fifth goal in Ligue 1 this season; Youri Tielemans (three) is the only other Monaco player to have more than one.

• Rony Lopes suffered a hamstring injury in training with Portugal in early September and has not played since, although he resumed training in late October.

• Sidelined since late September with an elbow injury, Kevin Ndoram returned to training but picked up a knee injury on 16 November.

• Stevan Jovetić has been out since being replaced ten minutes into their matchday three game at Club Brugge on 24 October.

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