Atletico Madrid vs FK Qarabag — UEFA Champions League

Antoine Griezmann was recently linked with a move to Barcelona despite his mediocre form

This is not the same Madrid as last season though and it's easy to forget that.

Atletico made a positive start to the contest as they went in search of a maiden European win at their new 68,000-capacity home, testing Ibrahim Sehic through an Antoine Griezmann strike five minutes in. As for Karabakh's debut participation in the Champions League, there is simply no chance for the Azerbaijani team to leave the group or in the playoffs.

Pedro Henrique in particular was proving a menace, going down inside the box under minimal contact from Juanfran and then forcing Jan Oblak into a routine save from range.

In the first game between these teams, the obvious favorite was Madrid Atletico, but in that game the winner could not be identified, the final score was 0: 0.

Qarabag may have had to soak up the pressure, but they edged the first-half possession count and created the odd opening of their own before taking a shock lead.

Victory for Roma over Chelsea elsewhere in Group C leaves the three-time runners-up third in the standings, four points adrift of the Blues and five off the leaders with two games - against the two sides above them - to come. That side who won LaLiga with a resolute rear-guard is a thing of the past. In the previous round, Gurban Gurbanov's team earned the first score, just with the Spaniards.

Atletico Madrid virtually said 'adios' to the Champions League on Tuesday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag following another disappointing performance. Atletico certainly in the match in Madrid is considered a favorite.

Atletico face a mammoth task in renewing their squad and making a smooth transition in the generational shift.

"Garabagh" missed eight swords in three games of the group.



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