UCL: Atletico Come From Behind to Beat Monaco

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Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez did the damage as Atletico Madrid came from behind to begin their Champions League Group A campaign with a 2-1 win at Monaco.

A couple of mistakes in quick succession ruined Atletico’s positive start as Samuel Grandsir netted on his Champions League debut, but the superior visitors deservedly went into the break ahead thanks to Costa and Gimenez.

That lead never looked in danger after the restart, as Atletico enjoyed complete control of the midfield and saw out the win.

Although Atletico started the brighter, Monaco punished two errors in the 18th minute as Radamel Falcao robbed Saul Niguez in the area and saw Angel Correa knock his cutback on to Grandsire, who prodded past Jan Oblak.

Costa made amends for an early miss by level just after the half-hour mark, finishing beyond Diego Benaglio with aplomb after Antoine Griezmann’s cushioned first-time pass released him.

Atletico completed the turnaround on the stroke of half-time – Gimenez powering a header past Benaglio from Koke’s corner

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