Car­rasco fires Atletico to win over Ros­tov 1-0

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

ROS­TOV-ON-DON: Top of La Liga and now with three wins from three in the Cham­pi­ons League, Atletico Madrid’s sea­son so far is go­ing to plan af­ter beat­ing FC Ros­tov 1-0 yes­ter­day.

Yan­nick Fer­reira Car­rasco fired in the win­ner on a cold night in Rus­sia on Wed­nes­day, and at the half­way point in Group D Atletico is all but as­sured of qual­i­fy­ing for the knock­out stages with an eight-point lead over third place.

Car­rasco now boasts five goals from his last four games for Atletico af­ter hav­ing failed to score in his first seven out­ings of the sea­son. Against Ros­tov, the Bel­gium winger was all ac­tion from the start, forc­ing a save from Ros­tov goal­keeper Soslan Dzhanaev early on and twice help­ing to set up good chances that were missed by An­gel Cor­rea. Against a tena­cious Ros­tov team which had not lost at home for 26 games, the break­through came in the 62nd minute when Car­rasco met Juan­fran’s cross with a fierce shot on the bounce af­ter Fer­nando Tor­res had failed to con­vert from close range.

Atletico’s star at­tack­ing mid­fielder An­toine Griez­mann started the game slowly but played an in­creas­ingly valu­able role in the sec­ond half and could have scored Atletico’s sec­ond in the 83rd, but Dzhanaev made the save.

De­fen­sively minded Ros­tov has one point from three games in its Cham­pi­ons League de­but cam­paign and rarely threat­ened to score against Atletico, bar­ring a cou­ple of late ef­forts eas­ily dealt with by goal­keeper Jan Oblak. — AP

ROS­TOV-ON-DON: Atletico Madrid’s Ar­gen­tinian mid­fielder An­gel Cor­rea (L) and Ros­tov’s Ecuado­rian mid­fielder Chris­tian Noboa vie for the ball dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball match be­tween FC Ros­tov and Club Atletico de Madrid in Ros­tov-on-Don yes­ter­day. — AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.