ATLETICO MADRID’S crunch Champions League clash with Porto descended into chaos.
Both teams went into the matchday six meeting with a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.
Atletico Yannick Carrasco flicked out at Porto’s Otavio as their clash descended into chaosCredit: Reuters
The Belgian then clashed with EvanilsonCredit: Reuters
Pepe was booked for his conductCredit: Getty
Atletico took the lead in the 56th minute through Antoine Griezmann.
But it was another ten minutes before the match really came to life.
The first flashpoint came when Yannick Carrasco refused Porto the opportunity to take a free-kick quickly.
He picked up the ball, only to be chased by fuming Porto star Otavio.
The attacking midfielder made a grab for the ball, before Carrasco took a swipe – knocking him to the ground.
Carrasco was then sent to the floor himself, as pushing and shoving ensued.
The Belgian was red carded – while Otavio and Angel Correa were also booked in the melee.
Pepe was subsequently booked for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’, before Wendell became the latest man to be sent off.
The full-back grabbed the ball after it went out for a throw in, as Mathias Cunha raced in to take it from him.
Wendell stood his ground, with Cunha running into his elbow before flopping to the floor.
The referee bought the theatrics and Wendell was given his marching orders.
Agustin Marchesin was then sent off despite being on the bench.
Incredibly, the back-up keeper has now received more red cards than minutes played in the Champions League this season.
Correa went on to double Atletico’s lead in the 90th minute, before Rodrigo De Paul added gloss in stoppage time.
Sergio Oliveira bagged a 96th minute penalty for Porto, but it wasn’t enough to prevent his nine-man side from dropping into the Europa League – while Atletico qualified for the Champions League knockouts.
Mathias Cunha theatrically went downCredit: Getty
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