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Atletico Madrid, led by striker Joao Felix, take on Athletic Club in a La Liga match at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain on Saturday September 18, 2021 (9/18/21) .
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who: Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Club
When: Saturday September 18, 2021
Time: 10:15 a.m.ET
Or: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
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With Antoine Griezmann loudly mocked by local supporters, Atlético Madrid could only manage a 0-0 draw against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Griezmann, back with Madrid after two seasons with rivals Barcelona, came off the bench in the second half but couldn’t lead the hosts to victory. He was booed ahead of the game and when he stepped onto the pitch with most spectators at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium expressing their displeasure with the way the French striker left the club.
Many fans in the crowd of nearly 40,000 applauded Griezmann, but they weren’t as loud as those who protested. Griezmann played five seasons with Atlético before leaving when Barcelona paid 120million euros ($ 141million) for him.
“Everyone is making a big deal of this situation,” said Atlético coach Diego Simeone. “I hope he will continue to improve so that he can respond to those who criticize him now. He has a challenge ahead of him because of what has happened in the past.
In the other Group B game, Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-2 at home. Porto then welcomes Liverpool, while Atlético travels to Milan.
Atlético were close to the Porto zone for most of the game but couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Luis Suárez, João Félix and Ángel Correa also failed to break the deadlock for the hosts.
“We tried until the end, but unfortunately things didn’t turn out in our direction,” said Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak. “Porto defended well and were dangerous in the counterattacks. “
Porto had their chances in the second half, hitting the post and being denied a goal in the 80th minute for a handball in the box after a mistake by the Atlético defense. The ball was already on its way to goal when it barely touched striker Mehdi Taremi’s hand as he fell near the goal line.
“Fortunately the VAR saw the hand, they almost marked our mistake,” Oblak said. “We have to stay focused until the end.”
Porto defender Chancel Mbemba was sent off for a foul on Griezmann in stoppage time.
“It’s a point won but we wanted to win all three,” said Porto coach Sérgio Conceição. “We knew the individual quality of Atlético and it was a very competitive game, as I expected. We created more danger and the best opportunities were ours.
Simeone started with Félix in attack with Suárez, but the Portuguese striker was not a factor and was replaced by Griezmann in the 56th. Felix was only making his second appearance this season after recovering from an ankle injury.
The result kept Porto undefeated in their last six Champions League group stage games, with six clean sheets.
Porto have passed the group stage in each of their last four Champions League appearances, including last season when they surprised Juventus from Cristiano Ronaldo in the round of 16 before being knocked out by future champions Chelsea in quarter-finals.
Atlético are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches in the Champions League group stage, with their last loss to Chelsea in 2017. The Spanish club have lost just one of their last 30 European home games.
Atlético lost midfielder Thomas Lemar in the first half due to an apparent injury, while Porto’s Pepe had to leave the game in the second half.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)