Atletico Madrid's tough week on the road

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Atletico would have clinched their place in the round of 16 with a win but failed to produce a single shot on target in the first half of the Group D game and fell behind to an own goal by Thomas Partey four minutes before halftime. One of them came at the weekend when they drew 1-1 with Sevilla and the reverse fixture against Leverkusen also looked to be heading for a stalemate until Alvaro Morata scored a late victor.

Atletico's Thomas Partey (left) reacts after scoring an own goal against Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany.

Charles Aranguiz lofted the ball over from the right and the Ghanaian headed into his own net as he tried to clear.

Thomas Lemar and Vitolo were sent on by Simeone and Atletico did improve somewhat, with Saul and Morata both having chances before the latter scored a goal in the 75th minute from a Vitolo pass that was ruled out for offside. Alvaro Morata pulled one back after three minutes of injury time and was only denied an equalizer by a fine save from Lukas Hradecky in the last play of the game.

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The match ended in tempestuous fashion, with four players booked after a melee in the Atleti penalty area and Amiri shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Santiago Arias.

What does it mean?

On the other hand, if they lose to Juventus in Turin, they could be just one point ahead of either Lokomotiv or Bayer Leverkusen in second going into the final matchday.

Thomas got his header spectacularly wrong, giving Leverkusen the edge, and he seemed still to be dwelling on his error when he made little effort to close down the space on the Atleti left in the build-up to Volland's goal.

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