MX23RW : Thursday, September 16 11:19:32| >> :120:13012:13012:

Result: Atletico Madrid see off Galatasaray

Antoine Griezmann scores twice in the first half as Atletico take all three points from Galatasaray in their Champions League opener.

Antoine Griezmann's first-half double was enough to secure a 2-0 victory for Atletico Madrid over Galatasaray in the Champions League Group C opener at the Turk Telecom Arena this evening.

The visitors dominated from the first whistle, pinning the hosts into their own half despite the cauldron of noise created by the home fans, but their efforts on goal inside the first quarter of an hour were restricted to a single Luciano Vietto drive from distance.

However, just three minutes later they were ahead thanks to Griezmann, the Frenchman side-footing past Fernando Muslera from Juanfran's pull-back to temper the noise in the stadium.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with his team mates after scoring the second goal during the Champions League group C football match Galatasaray vs Atletico Madrid on September 15, 201© Getty Images

Diego Simeone's side kept up the pressure with Saul Niguez firing over from 20 yards, and they deservedly doubled their lead midway through the half when captain Diego Godin headed Koke's corner across the box and Griezmann found himself unmarked to volley home his second.

Rather than prompting a capitulation, that second goal belatedly sparked the hosts into life and they responded well with Lukas Podolski firing wide on his weaker right foot before Wesley Sneijder's shot was well saved by Jan Oblak.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (3rdL) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the second goal during the Champions League group C football match Galatasaray vs Atletico Madrid on September 15, 2015© Getty Images

The threat of a revival continued in the early stages of the second period as the same pair of players fired off target, but Atletico wasted a glorious opportunity to put the game to bed when Jackson Martinez fired a tame shot at goal instead of playing in Vietto after a fast break.

Further chances came and went for Galatasaray through Selcuk Inan and Podolski but Atletico had done enough to withstand the pressure and see out an impressive away win to start their Champions League campaign.

ID:246377: cacheID:246377:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:5208:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (3rdL) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the second goal during the Champions League group C football match Galatasaray vs Atletico Madrid on September 15, 2015
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Griezmann brace puts Atletico in control
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid4310136710
2Valencia431092710
3Atletico MadridAtletico431074310
4Real Sociedad43016429
5Athletic Bilbao42204138
6Sevilla32105147
7Barcelona32107437
8Mallorca42113307
9Real Betis41214405
10ElcheElche41212205
11Osasuna412146-25
12Rayo Vallecano41125504
13Villarreal30302203
14Levante403156-13
15Espanyol402213-22
16CadizCadiz402247-32
17Granada402227-52
18Celta Vigo401338-51
19Getafe400415-40
20AlavesAlaves300318-70

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!