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Two own goals help Atletico Madrid through to Champions League knockout stage

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Champions League - Group E - Feyenoord v Atletico Madrid - De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands - November 28, 2023 Atletico Madrid players celebrate after Feyenoord's Lutsharel Geertruida scored an own goal and the first for Atletico Madrid REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Two own goals plus a brilliant, hooked volley handed Atletico Madrid a 3-1 victory away over Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Tuesday and a place in the next round of the Champions League, while eliminating their Dutch hosts.

Lutsharel Geertruida put the ball into his own net after 14 minutes before Mario Hermoso added a stunning second after 57 minutes to give the Spanish side a comfortable lead before Feyenoord pulled one ball back with 13 minutes left as Mats Wieffer headed home from a corner.

But a second own goal four minutes later, this time from Santiago Gimenez, moved Atletico top in Group E and guaranteed them a berth in the last 16.

Atletico have 11 points, one more than Lazio, who also advanced to the knockouts on Tuesday after they beat Celtic 2-0 in Rome, with their last-16 spot guaranteed by Feyenoord’s defeat.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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