Simeone’s Atletico beat Henry’s Monaco | qualifies for Champions League last 16

Atletico Madrid has qualified for the champions league quarter-finals after beating Henry Thiery’s Monaco. Monaco was beaten 2-0 on Wednesday night to secure their place in the last 16.

Koke and Antoine Griezmann put Atleti two goals up within half an hour but they eased off. Radamel Falcao missed a penalty against his former club as Monaco failed to pull a goal back.

Stefan Savic’s handball conceded the spot-kick and he was sent off, after receiving a second yellow card.

It was a disappointing end for Falcao, who had been presented with a plaque before kick-off and warmly cheered by the home fans when introduced as a substitute in the second half.

To return here for the final on June 1, Atletico will have to beat far stronger opponents than this but, after a slow start, their season appears to be taking shape. They have now lost only once, albeit a thumping by Borussia Dortmund, in 16 matches.

Koke was given too much time to line up his shot from 25 yards but the deflection off 17-year-old Benoit Badiashile was cruel and left goalkeeper Diego Benaglio stranded.

It could have been worse as Thomas Lemar’s curling free-kick grazed the outside of the post but as Atletico’s dominance became entrenched their intensity slackened too.

Griezmann doubled the lead in the 24th minute, receiving on the half-turn and slipping Angel Correa free down the left. Correa’s twisting run put Jemerson on the ground, and he returned to Griezmann to touch into the far corner.

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