Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Visitors frustrated after Aleksei Miranchuk’s controversial penalty cancels out Jose Gimenez’s fine first-half header
- Centre back Gimenez headed home from inch-perfect cross by Hector Herrera
- Lokomotiv equalised after a lengthy VAR check deemed Herrera to have handled
- Miranchuk sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way from the spot
- Suarez had the ball in the net but his header was correctly ruled out for offside
Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Lokomotiv Moscow in their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday after the home team’s goalkeeper Guilherme pulled off a string of superb saves to keep the Russian side in the hunt for a last-16 berth.
The result left Atletico second in the group on four points from three games, two behind Bayern Munich who were playing Salzburg away later on Tuesday. Lokomotiv have two points and Salzburg one.
Centre back Jose Gimenez fired Atletico ahead in the 18th minute with a fine header from 13 metres after an inch-perfect cross by Hector Herrera, a minute after Guilherme kept out a Saul Niguez shot.
Jose Gimenez’s fine header put the visitors ahead in the first-half on Tuesday night
The home side levelled in the 25th after a lengthy VAR check deemed Herrera to have handled the ball in the penalty area and Anton Miranchuk sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way with a perfect spot-kick.
Angel Correa hit the crossbar for the visitors with a curling shot from 25 metres on the half-hour and Atletico continued to pile on the pressure after the break as Guilherme twice denied Joao Felix.
Koke headed against the woodwork in the 66th minute with Guilherme beaten but Luis Suarez saw his rebound ruled out for offside as Lokomotiv hung on desperately in front of a noisy contingent of home fans.
Luis Suarez was booked after following the referee to the pitch monitor to check penalty
A last-gasp intervention by Murilo Cerqueira denied Felix a sitter in the 80th minute, with Lokomotiv struggling to keep possession and barely able to break out of their own half.
Atletico swarmed all over the hosts in the last 10 minutes but Lokomotiv’s packed defence somehow held on, punting long balls upfield whenever they could to run the clock down.
Miranchuk equalised form the penalty spot after the ball cannoned onto Hector Herrera’s arm
Miranchuk sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way with a perfect spot-kick
Suarez put the ball in the net in second-half but his header was correctly ruled out for offside