Atletico Madrid emerged victorious in their opening Champions League fixture against Monaco away from home at the Stade Louis ll. Monaco took the lead early on through Winger Samuel Grandsir before Ateti’s Diego Costa and Centre-Back Jose Maria Gimenez scored two first-half Goals to seal the victory for the Los Rojiblancos. As we predicted here on Khelpanda in our preview report, Atletico Madrid sealed the game 2-1. Atletico’s sheer quality in the Final third proved too much for the Principality team and Diego Simeone’s men deservedly came out on top.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 18, 2018
Atletico Madrid started the game looking pretty shaky in defense which led to former Atleti Striker Radmael Falcao to fire in a low cross that was not cleared by any defenders which gave Champions League Debutant Samuel Grandsir a chance to score from close range in the 18th minute. Atleti were low on confidence coming into this game and the task to come back from a goal behind, away from home, seemed too large for the La Liga team. But they proved they have character.
Antoine Griezmann picked up a ball from Koke and with one slick pass found Diego Costa who slotted the ball past Diego Benaglio to bring the game level at 1-1. Atletico doubled their lead in stoppage time, moments before the break when Uruguay International, Jose Maria Gimenez headed Koke’s superb corner into the goal. Simeone’s men had completed the Comeback at the stroke of Half-time.
Atleti sat back and defended more often in the second half which should’ve presented as an opportunity for Monaco to attack but Leonardo Jardim’s men lacked fizzle in the attack, owing to the absence of Ronny Lopes and Alexandr Golovin. Jordi Mboula looked impressive after replacing Nacer Chadli in the 58th minute but the 19-year-old Spaniard could only muster up a Long range miss. In the end, Atletico Madrid proved to be the deserved winners.
Griezmann shows his quality
Griezmann has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Frenchman’s recent statement in which he compared himself to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has made him a victim of trolling and bad press, his performance against Monaco is an effective way to shut the haters up. Despite starting the La Liga Season on a low, the World Cup winner looked lively in Monaco and troubled Leonardo Jardim’s team on multiple occasions.