Turan the hero for Atletico
02 October 2013, 10:19
Porto - Atletico
Madrid came from behind to keep their stunning start to the season
going with a 2-1 win away to Porto in Champions League Group G on
WRAP: Champions League
Colombian international Jackson Martinez had headed the
hosts into a deserved 16th-minute lead, but Atletico improved mightily
after the break and were level when Diego Godin nodded home Gabi's
And Atleti made it seven consecutive wins in all
competitions when another well-worked free-kick saw Gabi play in Arda
Turan and the Turkish midfielder lashed the ball into the roof of the
net five minutes from time.
With Zenit St Petersburg and Austria
Vienna drawing in the group's other game, the Spanish outfit are now
thoroughly in control of the section.
Portuguese champions Porto
had the best of the match early on and Atletico had a warning when
Silvestre Varela headed meekly into the arms of Thibaut Courtois on 10
However, Diego Simeone's men were punished just six
minutes later when Josue's free-kick from the left was bulleted into the
net by the head of Martinez for his sixth goal in eight games this
Lucho Gonzalez then fired over and had a headed effort comfortably held by Courtois as the hosts continued to dominate.
were missing their suspended top scorer Diego Costa, but they did
manage to come back into the game midway through the half.
Garcia and Arda both saw efforts fly over before the former hit the bar
with a flicked header after Helton had flapped at Gabi's corner.
was called into action again before half-time to keep Atletico in the
game as he parried Varela's driven shot from the edge of the box with
Simeone reacted at the interval by introducing Cristian
Rodriguez for the ineffective David Villa and saw an instant improvement
in his side.
Filipe Luis fired an effort from 25 yards just wide before the equaliser arrived just prior to the hour mark.
again Helton was found wanting from a cross ball into the box and Godin
rose highest to bundle the ball home from close range.
had chances to win it in the final quarter as Juan Quintero sent a
free-kick from the edge of the area just wide before Garcia ought to
have put Atletico in front when he fired into Helton's legs with just
the goalkeeper to beat 13 minutes from time.
And the visitors did
manage to nick the three points when Gabi played a clever reverse pass
in behind the Porto wall from a free-kick and Arda remained composed in
front of goal to drill the ball home from a narrow angle.