A 2nd minute strike by Koke and another one by Griezmann hands Ateltico Madrid a comfortable victory against Monaco.
After Monaco’s horror season, Thierry Henry would have hoped for a solid start against Atleti.
However, those hopes were dashed as early as the 2nd minute as Koke struck the 1st goal with a deflected long range drive into the bottom left corner.
Antoine Griezmann provided the assist and he would later turn from provider to goal-scorer later in the half.
Thomas Lemar came up against his ex-teammates at Monaco and he made an impression early on.
His direct free kick struck the woodwork in the 8th minute.
However, Atletico Madrid wouldn’t be denied in the 24th minute as Angel Correa beautifully set up Antoine Griezmann.
He placed his shot well into the bottom right corner for the crucial 2nd goal.
Monaco created the odd chance too with Benoit Badiashile Mukinayi’s header going narrowly wide on the stroke of half time.
Monaco created the first good chance of the 2nd half as well when Andrea Raggi’s effort went just past the left post.
It was Monaco who were creating the opportunities now as Giulian Biancone played in Radamel Falcao.
However, the Colombian’s shot was well saved by Jan Oblak.
In the 75th minute, Atletico Madrid then had a great opportunity to kill the game but Vitolo’s curling effort just missed the top right corner.
Thomas Partey was denied by Jan Oblak as his stunning long-range shot was saved by the giant goalkeeper.
Monaco were then offered a lifeline in the 82nd minute when Stefan Savic conceded a penalty for handball.
He received his marching orders as it was his second offence.
Radamel Falcao somehow fluffed his lines with his penalty as it went wide of the mark.
The former Atletico talisman gave his old supporters some welcome relief.
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