Atletico Madrid beat Porto 3-1 in fiery match, reach Champions League last 16
Following home loss, Porto finish third to qualify for Europa League playoff
Atletico Madrid advanced to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, clinching a 3-1 win against Porto in a hot-tempered match in Portugal on Tuesday.
The Spanish club's Uruguayan star Luis Suarez made an early exit after suffering an injury and broke down in tears on the bench.
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann scored an open goal at the far post after a corner kick to break the deadlock in the 56th minute at Estadio do Dragao.
The visitors scored consecutive goals near the end of the match as Angel Correa doubled the lead for Atletico Madrid in the 90th minute with a low finish.
The Spanish team's midfielder Rodrigo De Paul scored from close range in the 92nd minute, sealing the 3-1 win.
Porto were awarded a penalty after Mario Hermoso fouled Porto forward Evanilson in the 95th minute.
Sergio Oliveira converted the penalty kick successfully in stoppage time, which meant a consolation goal for Porto.
Three players were sent off during the match.
Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco and Porto pair Wendell and Agustin Marchesin were shown red cards after the Spanish team took the 1-0 lead.
In the 67th minute, Carrasco was brandished a straight red card after grabbing his opponent Otavio's neck.
Just a few minutes later, Porto left-back Wendell was sent off after elbowing Atletico Madrid's Matheus Cunha.
In addition, in the 75th minute, Porto's backup goalkeeper Marchesin was also shown a red card over a sideline brawl in the fiery game.
Group B winners Liverpool and second-place Atletico Madrid qualified for the last 16.
Liverpool won all six of their matches to have 18 points.
Atletico Madrid bagged seven points.
Porto finished the group phase third with five points and the Portuguese team will be in the Europa League playoffs.
Italy’s AC Milan have been eliminated after securing only four points in this stage.
In the last matchday, Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-1 at San Siro Stadium to end the group in a perfect way.
- Teams who clinched last 16
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam, Sporting, Real Madrid and Inter Milan bagged their last 16 tickets.
In addition, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus secured their spot in the Round of 16 before playing their sixth matches each.
RB Leipzig, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, FC Sheriff and Zenit St Petersburg qualified for the Europa League playoffs. Three more teams are awaited for the second-tier tournament's playoff slots.
Club Brugge, AC Milan, Besiktas, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv and Malmo bottomed their groups each to be eliminated.
- Tuesday's results in Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain - Club Brugge: 4-1
RB Leipzig - Manchester City: 2-1
AC Milan - Liverpool: 1-2
Porto - Atletico Madrid: 1-3
Borussia Dortmund - Besiktas: 5-0
Ajax - Sporting: 4-2
Real Madrid - Inter Milan: 2-0
Shakhtar Donetsk - Sheriff: 1-1
- Wednesday's fixtures
Benfica - Dynamo Kyiv
Bayern Munich - Barcelona
Manchester United - Young Boys
Atalanta - Villarreal
Red Bull Salzburg - Sevilla
Wolfsburg - Lille
Juventus - Malmo
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