Atletico Madrid 3-2 Red Bull Salzburg: Joao Felix rescues Diego Simeone with late winner to settle five-goal thriller
- Joao Felix scored a late winner to give Atletico Madrid victory in Group A
- Marcos Llorente fired the hosts ahead on the half-hour mark in Madrid
- Austrian visitors equalised on the stroke of half time through Dominik Szoboszlai
- Mergim Berisha then put the visitors just two minutes after the restart
- Felix then brought the Spanish side level and then settled the contest late on
Joao Felix bagged a brace for Atletico Madrid as they survived a scare to complete a late Champions League Group A victory over Red Bull Salzburg and kick-start their European campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Tuesday.
Marcos Llorente had put Atletico ahead in the first half, but goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha swung the fixture in the favour of the visitors early in the second half.
But the excellent Felix regained the initiative for his side with an equaliser, before firing in the winner with five minutes to play, going some way to erasing the memory of the 4-0 loss to champions Bayern Munich in their pool opener.
Joao Felix wheels away after scoring late winner for Atletico Madrid against Red Bull Salzburg
Mergim Berisha celebrates after putting the visitors ahead two minutes after the restart
Berisha pounces at the back post as Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak looks on in vain
Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates after getting Red Bull Salzburg back level before half time
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi (Hermoso 82), Correa, Llorente, Herrera (Torreira 82), Koke, Suarez (Lemar 82), Joao Felix
Subs not used: Grbic, Gimenez, Manuel Sanchez, Saponjic, Vitolo, Camello, Ricard Sanchez, Valera
Goalscorers: Llorente 29, Felix 52, 85
Red Bull Salzburg: Stankovic, Kristensen, Ramalho, Wober (Onguene 63), Ulmer, Camara, Junuzovic (Ashimeru 63), Mwepu, Berisha, Szoboszlai, Daka (Koita 30 (Okafor 84))
Subs not used: Vallci, Solet, Farkas, Coronel, Walke, Okugawa, Okafor
Goalscorers: Szoboszlai 40, Berisha 47
Booked: Ramalho, Wober
Referee: Marco Di Bello
Bayern head the table with a full haul of six points after two rounds, followed by Atletico on three, and Lokomotiv Moscow and Salzburg with one each.
Felix’s audacious over-head kick inside 15 minutes almost provided an early moment to remember, but his acrobatic effort crashed against the crossbar and away to safety.
Atletico did have the lead before the half-hour mark as Llorente picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and drilled the ball low past Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, who will feel he should done better.
Llorente should have doubled the advantage shortly afterwards when he found himself one-on-one with Stankovic, but it was Salzburg who scored next.
Some sloppy play in midfield turned over possession and the ball eventually reached Szoboszlai, who thrashed his shot past home goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Salzburg made a lightning start to the second half and were ahead inside a minute as Andreas Ulmeras cross was turned home at the back post by Berisha.
But that lead was short-lived as Felix finished a sweeping Atletico move that left him with a tap-in to equalise, before lashing in the winner as the Salzburg defence stood static following a low cross into the box.
Marcos Llorente celebrates after netting the opening goal for Atletico Madrid on Tuesday
Luis Suarez and Joao Felix are the first to congratulate their team-mate on his opening goal
Uruguayan striker Suarez is left writhing in agony on the floor after a challenge
Joao Felix controls the ball under pressure as Atletico Madrid look for a way forward
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