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Atletico Brush Aside Porto

Already qualified Atletico Madrid brushed aside Porto 2-0 in their Champions League Group G clash at the Vicente Calderon.

First-half goals by Raul Garcia and Atletic’s top goal scorer Diego Costa were enough to dump Porto out of this season’s elite club competition, with the Portuguese side also missing a penalty in an action packed first period of play.

The visitors however did cause the first scare when they hit the woodwork through Jackson Martinez who had gotten his foot to a Danilo cross.

Porto needed a win to stand any chance of progressing through to the next round and did most of the attacking in the opening 15 minutes.

 Josué combined well with Steven Defour before firing just to the left of debutant goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia post in the 11th minute.

Garcia then opened the scoring for the Spanish side with 14 minutes on the clock; the midfielder was played in by Emiliano Insúa before firing a wonderful shot from a tight angle to make it 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Porto then pushed forward in search of an equaliser with shots at goal from Lucho Gonzalez and Ferndando, before Silvestre Varela’s header crashed off the crossbar.

Atletic’s debutant shot-stopper Aranzubia then looked to have handed Porto a lifeline when he was adjudged to have brought down Martinez in the 27th minute. The keeper then redeemed himself when he saved Josué spot-kick.

Diego Simeone’s men then all but wrapped up the game when they caught their Portuguese opponents on the break, before Óliver played in Costa who rounded Helton in the Porto goal and doubled his side’s advantage.

The second-period was a less exciting affair as the Porto pushed forward trying to overcome the two goal deficit but they never really threatened the Spanish side who comfortably held on to another win in Group G.

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