FC Porto beat Atlético Madrid 2-1 for their first victory in six meetings with the Colchoneros, finishing top of UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group B and condemning their visitors to total elimination from Europe before Christmas.
Just as it looked like Diego Simeone’s side were about to do just that, Galeno got the better of Stefan Savić before teeing up Stephen Eustáquio, who clinically finished to record a goal in back-to-back UCL games.
Atleti were criminally ponderous at times before HT, and their best chance of the opening half-hour fell to Rodrigo De Paul, although the tame nature of the Argentine’s shot meant Diogo Costa’s comfortable evening continued in the Porto goal.
Antoine Griezmann thought he’d given his side some hope with 20 minutes left, as he hit a strike that finally showed some Atleti venom, but Rodrigo De Paul was adjudged to have fouled Galeno in the build-up.
Simeone’s side looked more determined despite the setback, but couldn’t draw level despite Iván Marcano’s late own goal as Porto secured their fourth consecutive UCL victory to finish top of Group B, completing a remarkable turnaround after starting off with two defeats back in September.