UEFA Champions League: Joao Felix Brace Helps Atletico Madrid Beat Salzburg
Joao Felix scored twice for Atletico Madrid. (Photo Credit: AP)
Joao Felix scored his second goal of the match in the 85th minute to give Atletico Madrid a 3-2 win over Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday. Marcos Llorente also scored for Atletico, which trailed early in the second half at the empty Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Salzburg got on the board with goals by Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha late in the first half and shortly after the break.
Atletico had entered the day in last place in Group A after opening with a 4-0 loss at defending champion Bayern Munich, which stayed at the top with a 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow earlier Tuesday.
Despite having veteran Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and young Portugal forward Felix up front, Atletico struggled to create significant scoring opportunities during most of the match. Salzburg threatened with its fast counterattacks, especially after Atletico went a goal down and gave up spaces on defense.
Flix got the winner from close range after a ball crossed into the area. The hosts had opened the scoring with Llorente's shot from outside the area in the 29th, but Salzburg rallied with the goals by Szoboszlai in the 40th and Berisha in the 47th.
Flix, who nearly scored when his acrobatic volley hit the crossbar in the first half, had equalized from close range in the 52nd.
In the next round in November, Atletico visits Lokomotiv Moscow and Salzburg hosts Bayern.