A dramatic late penalty for Luis Suarez is enough for Atlético Madrid to take all 3 points in Milan. The Italian giants now prop up the table in Champions League Group B!
Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suarez scored a winner from the penalty spot in the 7th minute of stoppage time against 10-man AC Milan in this UEFA Champions League Group B clash at the San Siro.
Stefano Pioli’s hosts played with 10 men for 68 minutes, as Franck Kessie was sent off following a second yellow card. Suarez then chipped in from the spot to complete a late comeback after Milan substitute Pierre Kalulu handled in the box.
Rafael Leao gave Milan the lead with the clock on 20 minutes. It was a right-footed, low strike from just inside the Atlético box that went through 3 Madrid defenders and inside goalkeeper Jan Oblak’s right post.
The same player nearly scored a first-half wondergoal on 37 minutes. The attacker met a bouncing ball just inside the visitors’ penalty box with a superb bicycle kick. The resulting shot was viciously powerful, but luckily for Madrid, it smashed off the underside of the crossbar and out to safety.
After the break, Diego Simeone’s Atlético got into the game and started to string a few attacks together, but again and again, their shots missed the target. However, striker Antoine Griezmann eventually made the scores level with 84 minutes on the clock with a left-footed volleyed bullet past Milan keeper Mike Maignan.
Suarez then stepped up to seal the comeback with a penalty. It is the 2nd time in 3 games that Suarez has scored a late winner. The Uruguayan netted twice, including one in the 91st-minute in another 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Getafe on the 21st of September.
AC Milan are now winless in 6 successive European matches for the first time and bottom of Group B. Meanwhile, the side from Spain’s capital are 2nd in the group, on 4 points from a possible 6.