Atletico beats Porto to dump it out of Champions

Atletico Madrid denied FC Porto a chance to reach the last 16 of

the Champions League with a 2-0 victory to close out Group G on

Wednesday.

Raul Garcia turned to score a tight-angled volley in the 14th

minute before Diego Costa scored his 19th goal of the season in the

37th for unbeaten Atletico to finish top of the standings with 16

points.

Porto hit the woodwork several times and will rue a 28th-minute

missed penalty by Josue.

Porto, a two-time European champion, finished third behind Zenit

St. Petersburg and will now play in the Europa League.

Atletico can take a measure of satisfaction from the win after

Porto dumped it into the Europa League during the 2009/10 season on

the last matchday.

Porto took the game to the hosts at the Vicente Calderon

Stadium, with Jackson Martinez the focal point of the attack while

Manchester United manager David Moyes watched on from the

stands.

Danilo’s eight-minute cross into the box found Martinez’s foot

but the Colombia striker guided it high off the crossbar.

Garcia scored against the run of play with a daring half-volley

as he touched the ball inside toward the goal line before swiveling

to fire a shot past goalkeeper Helton into the near corner with

almost no angle.

Silvestre Varela then headed off the crossbar before Martinez

was brought down by Aranzubia to set up the penalty, which was

saved by the backup goalie who was filling in for injured regular

Thibaut Courtois.

Martinez sent Varela’s short pass off the outside of the post

just before Atletico struck for the second against the run of

play.

Oliver Torres sprung Costa with a long pass that the Atletico

striker headed down past Helton, and he curled in from angle to

keep adding to his goalscoring tally.

The Portuguese champions hit the post for the last time in the

69th as Lima beat the offside trap but saw his quick shot come off

the near post.

Porto would have advanced to the last 16 with a victory since

Zenit lost 4-1 at previously winless Austria Vienna.