Porto hit the post and a late goal from Mehdi Taremi was controversial when they drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League match at Wanda Metropolitano.
Taremi pounced on an uncertain defense to score what appeared to be a grungy start, only for a long VAR check to disallow it for a handball infraction.
The visitors came close to the start of the half with a cross from Otavio that came back out the door, prompting Diego Simeone to introduce Antoine Griezmann off the bench.
But despite having the likes of Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Angel Correa on the pitch, Atletico failed to find a late goal, even after Chancel Mbemba’s red card, as they kicked off their Group B campaign. with a tie.
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– Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 15, 2021
Suarez was denied by Diogo Costa in the first six minutes when he took an early shot, but that turned out to be the home team’s only serious attempt in the first half.
Porto are not doing much better before the break, Taremi sends wide from a good position and Marko Grujic hits the head to the maximum.
Atleti got scared when Otavio’s attempted cross overtook Jan Oblak and hit the post, with the loose ball just out of Taremi’s reach.
Simeone then turned to Griezmann and Correa and the latter made an angled shot shortly after Costa was equal to down low.
The hosts had scored late goals in their last two games, but it was Porto that came closest to snatching all three points here with Taremi.
However, the ball bounced off the striker’s hand while he was on the line and was eliminated with chalk, and further suffering came for Porto when Mbemba saw red for taking down Griezmann in recovery.
What does it mean? Atleti survives the fright
Inserted in a very tough group that also includes Liverpool and Milan – two of the four most successful teams in the history of the European Cup – Atletico would have seen an important match in this match to give away the first three points.
However, Porto themselves have a proud record in this competition, having gone all the way in 2004 and reaching the quarter-finals last season, and have done more to win this competition in the 90 minutes.
Atleti have only won two of their last 10 Champions League games and have work to do if they want to advance, with Liverpool leading Group B after beating AC Milan 3-2 in their first match.
Departure for Lodi
Substitute Renan Lodi played a bad pass from Oblak and Taremi was on hand to pounce, but the ball hit his hand before crossing the line and the VAR intervened.
Oblak, who was also taken aback by Otavio’s previous rebel cross, breathed a big sigh of relief and now has 29 goalless goals since his Champions League debut in September 2014 – more than any other goalkeeper.
Griezmann held out again
Griezmann had a disappointing second debut for Atletico in late win over Espanyol last weekend and was unable to make a difference here when he started off the bench.
The French international had 19 touches of the ball, one more than Suarez during the entire match, but none of them made it into the opponent’s area where he can do most of his damage.
Opta key facts:
Atletico Madrid failed to win the first match of a Champions League season for the third consecutive season (P2 S1), while failed to score in the last two – 4-0 against Bayern Munich in 2020-21 and 0- 0 against FC Porto this term.
Atleti are winless in their last four Champions League home games (3N, 1); their longest run without a home win in the competition, after another four-game streak in December 2009.
– Since making his Champions League debut with Atleti in September 2014, Jan Oblak has kept a clean sheet more than any other goalkeeper in the competition (29).
21 & # 39; – Luis Suarez is still looking for his first Champions League goal with Atleti, with this match in his seventh appearance and after attempting 12 shots without scoring.
Atletico are back on the pitch on Saturday with a home game against Athletic Bilbao, while Porto host Moreirense in Primeira Liga the next day.