UEFA Champions League News: Milan 1-2 Atletico Madrid: three things we have learned

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Wednesday saw another night of fun Champions League action with a whole host of fun games to swallow and sink your teeth into. One of them went down to Italy when AC Milan hosted Atletico Madrid, and while we all knew it was likely to be good, few could have imagined it would be as dramatic as it turned out.

Milan took the lead early on, but two goals in the last 15 minutes of play, including an incredibly late penalty, turned the game around and handed all three points to the visitors.

Atletico get out of jail

There is the old saying of having to “dig deep” but we don’t think it applies to Atletico Madrid here, because AC Milan have done most of the work for them. The fact that Porto held them on the draw on Matchday 1, combined with this result, would seem to imply that they are in an absolute fight if they are serious about moving on to the round of 16 of the competition this year. Fair play for Griezmann and then Suarez for the goal, with the latter an incredibly late penalty, but they need a little more if they want to fight this season.

The gritty resistance of Milan

“Milan is back” was the message in the stands and even if they may have come out empty-handed, it is a statement that we would like to reiterate. Milan ultimately mastered their own crash, but still managed to keep the lead for over an hour with only ten men on the pitch. It’s a special kind of grit and determination they’ve shown against Liverpool too, and if they manage to get a result against Porto, they’ll get back into the mix right away.

The death group delivers again

Liverpool’s dominant win over Porto seems to put them in pole position as favorites to win the group, but they have not yet faced Atletico – and given that Milan are the only team without points despite having been really competitive in their first two games, we would say it would be foolish to cancel this group again. He would always have the pressure on his shoulders with the distinction of being the Death Group and we think they are living up to expectations quite easily which applies to all four teams from top to bottom.

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