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Atletico Madrid reach Champions League knockout stage

IANS  |  Madrid 

Atletico punched their ticket to the knockout stage with a comfortable 2-0 win against AS

The squad that took the field at on Wednesday bore little resemblance to the side that won and got as far as the semifinals a few years ago, reports news.

And the only holdover from that team, striker started the match on the bench as new was reluctant to risk to a he needs if is to have any chance of climbing out of the cellar.

Atleti led less than 2 minutes into Wednesday's contest after Koke's seemingly harmless shot from outside the area took a deflection off Monaco defender Loic Badiashile and into the net.

The advantage grew to 2-0 in the 24th minute on a strike by Antoine Griezmann, who has either scored or assisted on 20 of Atletico's last 24 goals in play.

Henry turned to Falcao in the 54th minute and the former Atletico man got a warm reception from the crowd at the Wanda Metropolitano, who haven't forgotten his 70 goals in 91 appearances for the Colchoneros in 2011-13.

Monaco's only solid chances of the match were created by Falcao.

Shortly after coming on, he put a shot on target, though his half-volley went straight into the waiting hands of

Inside the final 10 minutes, Falcao drew a foul from and the referee awarded a penalty, but the Colombian great failed to convert.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 14:06 IST