Atletico game turns to chaos with three stoppage time goals and 101st min winner

Atletico Madrid left it until the 101st minute to snatch victory over Porto in a Champions League classic that saw all three goals scored in second half stoppage time.

Drawn together for the second time in as many seasons, Atletico and Porto knew what to expect of each other in this Group B match-up. Even so, the two sides spent the first 45 minutes feeling each other out, with neither goalkeeper forced into making a save.

Diego Simeone's side thought they had taken the lead five minutes after the break, only for VAR to chalk off Koke's effort for offside. The game looked to be heading for a draw when the Argentine manager took off forward Alvaro Morata for defender Mario Hermoso with 22 minutes to play – but then the drama began.

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With eight minutes left, Porto's Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi went down in the Atletico box. Instead of getting the penalty he was looking for, he was shown a second yellow and sent off. That incident, coupled with an injury to fellow Porto star Otavio, meant nine minutes of stoppage time.

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Atletico took the lead in the first minute of the nine added on, Mario Hermoso seeing his heavily-deflected shot loop over the top of the helpless Diogo Costa. But anyone who switched off their TVs early would have been left sorely disappointed as that was only the start of the drama.

Almost 15 minutes after referee Szymon Marciniak waved away Porto's appeals for a penalty the first time around, he was left with little choice but to point to spot following a blatant handball by Hermoso.

Mateus Uribe duly stepped up and just about slotted his penalty underneath the diving Jab Oblak to make it 1-1. But that still wasn't the end of the drama.

Because in the 101st minute of the match, an unmarked Antoine Griezmann stole in at the back post to nod home Axel Witsel's front post flick from a corner to seal a dramatic last-gasp winner for Atletico.

Cue pandemonium inside the Wanda Metropolitano as Griezmann, his team-mates and a delighted Simeone sprinted to the corner to celebrate with the supporters.

Remarkably, it is only the second time a Champions League match has seen three goals scored in injury time – after Atletico vs Porto in December 2021.

Needless to say, football fans on social media couldn't get enough of the incredible drama, although they might have needed to catch their breath a little first. One person said: "Atletico/Porto is the funniest fixture in football history."

Someone else added: "In the Atletico vs Porto match, all the 3 goals were scored after 90 mins. Crazy!!!" A third person added: "The ending to the Atletico vs Porto game was crazy."

A fourth user commented: "Football … bloody hell! 90+11." As another gobsmacked fan chimed in with: "Atletico Madrid vs. FC Porto just had the most insane stoppage time finish ever."

Victory for Atletico saw them go top of Group A, level on points with Club Brugge who beat Bayer Leverkusen in Belgium.


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