AC Milan Stuns Atletico Madrid, Junior Messias Scores To Keep Their Hopes Alive

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Junior Messias scored a stunning header in the final minutes of the game where AC Milan stunned Atletico Madrid, 1-0. It kept their hopes of qualifying for the final-16 in the Champions League, alive.

AC Milan arrived in Madrid rooted to the bottom of Group B with only 1 point and anything but a win against Atletico would have eliminated them from this season’s competition.

Wednesday’s positive result means the race to see who will join leaders Liverpool in the next round will go down to the wire. 

Porto, who are on 5 points, as well as Milan and Atletico, who are tied on 4 points, will have to wait until the final round of fixtures to decide who will finish second, and progress to the last 16.

Milan will face Liverpool next while Atletico will play against Porto on the 7th of December for the last game of the group.

The packed stadium failed to push Atletico, who failed to make any kind of impact against an AC Milan side who showed urgency and aggression.

AC Milan Seemed To Be Well Prepared For The Madrid Side

Brazilian, Junior Messias, who has completed a remarkable journey from working as a delivery driver and playing amateur football before slowly climbing the ladder, broke the deadlock in the 87th minute with a spectacular header after latching on to a perfect cross from Franck Kessie.

They had studied them really well and their game plan didn’t work well, as stated by the Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann. The League was extremely difficult and Milan seemed to be superior in every aspect.

AM Milan controlled the game from the start. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the bench, which was a surprise for everyone, as he had scored 2 against Fiorentina on Saturday.

Atletico will finish the group stage having won none of their three home games, after losing to Milan and Liverpool and drawing with Porto.