World News – US – Felix brace gives Atletico Madrid vital Champions League win


(Reuters) – Joao Felix netted a brace for Atletico Madrid as they survived a scare to end a Champions League Group A 3-2 victory over Red Bull Salzburg and their European campaign kicks off at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Tuesday

Marcos Llorente put Atletico in the lead in the first half, but goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha tipped the game in favor of the visitors early in the second half

But the excellent Felix regained his team’s initiative with an equalizer, before shooting the winner with five minutes remaining, which will somehow erase the memory of the 4-0 loss to the Bayern Munich champion in their opening match

Bayern lead the table with a total of six points after two rounds, followed by Atletico with three, and Lokomotiv Moscow and Salzburg with one each

Felix’s daring over-the-head kick within 15 minutes almost provided a first moment to remember, but his acrobatic effort crashed into the crossbar and pulled away safely

Atletico were in the lead before the half hour mark as Llorente recovered the ball 25 meters from goal and pierced the ball past Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, who will feel he should do better

Llorente should have doubled the advantage soon after when he came face to face with Stankovic, but it was Salzburg who scored the next one

A sloppy play in midfield transformed ball possession and the ball eventually reached Szoboszlai, who beat local goalkeeper Jan Oblak

Salzburg got off to a whirlwind start in the second half and were ahead in the minute the cross from Andreas Ulmer was returned home at the back post by Berisha

But that lead was shortlived as Felix completed a sweeping move from Atletico that left him a tap-in to equalize, before tackling the winner as Salzburg’s defense remained static after a low center in the surface

All quotes were delayed for at least 15 minutes See here for a full list of exchanges and delays

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