Atletico2-0 Roma: Greizmann revives El Atleti's UCL hopes - FCNaija

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 22/11/2017

Greizmann and Gameiro kept Atletico Madrid's UEFA Champions League hopes alive with their 2-0 second-half goals that sunk AS Roma during the showdown at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Tuesday.

Second half strikes from Antoine Greizmann at the 69th minute and Kevin Gameiro at the 85th minute placed Atletico ahead of their visitors and sealed a comfortable three points for Diego Simeone and his team.

The first 45-minutes of the game was quite competitive and physical as both teams failed to record a goal. Atletico Madrid created ample opportunities which they couldn't convert to goals.

Torres, Koke, and Griezmann all made close attempts but the night seemed to be against them. AS Roma on their own end missed a plethora of opportunities, Pellegrini and Dzeko tried their way to make a difference but Atletico Madrid's defence was much stronger.

Both sides recorded plenty of intents which couldn't get to their goalkeepers, except Augusto Fernandez's deflected snapshot which flew into the top corner but was disallowed by the referee; the Argentine's curled volley was preceded by a handball from the midfielder in the build-up.

Both teams went all-squared in the first half as Augusto's disallowed strike was the closest either side pushed for an opener. It was Atletico Madrid 0-0 AS Roma.

The second half kicked off with the first substitution of the night from Atletico as Augusto Fernandez was replaced by Angel Correa and Kevin Gemeiro came in, while Carrasco left the stage. For Roma, their first substitution was at the 61st minute, Lorenzo Pellegrini made way for Kevin Stootsman who recorded his 100 games for Roma.

Radja Nainggolan shocked the hosts with a disturbing free-kick that hit the woodwork at the 66th minute; it was sheer close to being Roma's first goal of the night.

Atletico Madrid opened the scoreline at the 69th minute of the second half. Angel Corea who came on for Fernandez led the assist with an inviting cross that found Griezmann who acrobatically fired home and changed the scoreline to 1-0 in favour of Atletico.

At the 83rd minute of the game, Roma's squad were shortened by one player, Bruno Perez was flagged with a red card which was preceded by a first yellow he received earlier.

Atletico Madrid recorded their second goal at the 85th minute. Kevin Gameiro came through with a perfect dribble against the goalkeeper and saw the back of the net.

The game ended in a 2-0 scoreline in favour of Atletico Madrid whose UEFA Champions League hopes were revived with a double strike that saw the back of the net two times. It was actually a first group stage defeat for the Giallorossi whose game will now be stretched to matchday 6.