Diego Simeone’s charges could have won by an even greater margin, but two goals from the France forward were sufficient to seal a spot in the knock-out stages
A double from Antoine Griezmann confirmed Atletico Madrid’s place in the Champions League last-16, as the Spaniards ended Galatasaray’s dream with a 2-0 victory.
A point would have been enough for Diego Simeone’s side after Group C rivals Astana and Benfica drew 2-2 earlier in the day, but they made absolutely sure with a fine performance.
The Turkish champions should have taken the lead after 10 minutes but Wesley Sneijder missed from close range, with Griezmann thumping in a header from Gabi’s fine cross moments later to open the scoring.
Atleti’s dominance was total but Fernando Muslera kept his side in the game with saves from Griezmann and Koke shortly after the break.
Once Gabi set up Griezmann for his fourth goal against Galatasaray this season, a simple tap in from close range midway into the second half, Atletico’s passage into the next round was secure, with Gala left to fight Astana for a place in the Europa League.
Led by interim boss Claudio Taffarel, Gala struggled to make a fist of the game, although they ought to have taken an early lead when Sneijder weaved into the area, only to screw wide left-footed.
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