Atletico Madrid crashes out of the Champions League

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid suffered a heavy blow in Matchday five of the Champions League. The Madrid giants needed a win to progress into the round of 16. However, the German club Bayer Leverkusen had other plans. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Roji Blancos came from behind in two instances, but all the effort was not enough to take the lead. Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso’s team took a double lead on goals from Moussa Diaby and Callum Hudson-Odoi. However, Atletico was given 40 minutes to keep their Champions League season alive thanks to goals from Carrasco in the first half and Rodrigo de Paul in the second.

Atletico Madrid awarded a late penalty

It was, however, the contentious conclusion of the game that will make it remembered in history. Atletico Madrid was eliminated from the Champions League prior to the final matchday of the Group stage, but the penalty kick that occurred after the final siren generated discussion.

Madrid received hope when VAR sent the referee to the pitch side monitor. The referee gave a penalty for a handball in the area in the 95th minute. Lukas Hradecky stepped up to save Yannick Carrasco’s attempt from the spot.

The ball rebounded, but the Atletico players could not capitalize on the loose ball. Saul Niguez headed the rebound off the bar, and Reinaldo Mandava’s subsequent attempt, unfortunately, deflected away by a last-ditch block.

In a new video created in response to Carrasco’s missed penalty and the ensuing tries by Saul and Reinildo, the Leverkusen players can be seen cheering Carrasco’s mistake. Defender Mitchel Bakker is shouting at the Atletico Madrid attacker.

With one round of games remaining, Atletico is now competing with Leverkusen for third place in their group. The German team is only one point behind Atletico. On November 1st, Atletico will go to Porto, while Leverkusen will host Brugge.

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