Atletico Madrid finally got their dormant Champions League campaign off the ground with a 2-0 win over Roma in the Spanish capital on Wednesday night.
After a nervy opening period, Los Rojiblancos settled down and were by far the better side, especially in the final half hour. Antoine Griezmann struck a wonder goal, while Kevin Gameiro sealed the points late on.
This was much more like the Atletico of old and one hopes it is here to stay. They remain in the competition by the skin of their teeth...
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he remains confident of making the Champions League last 16 after Wednesday's 2-0 win over Roma kept alive their slight chances of progress in the competition.
A required win looked beyond Atletico until Antoine Griezmann's acrobatic volley with 20 minutes remaining lifted everyone at the Wanda Metropolitano, and the Frenchman then set-up his fellow countryman Gameiro to make the result safe.
The 2014 and 2016 UCL finalists now go to Stamford Bridge on Dec....
Atletico Madrid match-winner Antoine Griezmann was relieved to finally help his team after his goal and assist kept Atleti's Champions League progression hopes alive in Wednesday's 2-0 home win over Roma.
Atletico needed a victory to avoid elimination and seemed headed out of the competition until Griezmann leapt acrobatically to convert Angel Correa's cross with 20 minutes remaining, and then laid on the assist for substitute Kevin Gameiro to tie up the three points late on.
MADRID -- Three thoughts on Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Roma in the UEFA Champions League
1. Atletico still fighting
Atletico Madrid remain in this season's Champions League -- just -- after Antoine Griezmann's acrobatic volley and Kevin Gameiro's late strike gave them victory over Roma at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 2014 and 2016 finalists had to win to have any chance of escaping a disastrous group-stage exit, with hopes having become even slighter after Chelsea's 4-0 victory in Qarabag.