Teenage sensation João Félix inspired Atlético Madrid to a comfortable win over Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia on Tuesday night, with the Portuguese forward scoring and setting up the second for a 2-0 win.


Following a respectable 2-2 draw at home to Juventus in the opening week of the Champions League campaign, Atlético would have wanted all three points away against a stern Lokomotiv Moscow side. 


After failing to find a way through in the first half, the visitors did exactly that with two goals after the break, courtesy of Félix and Thomas Partey, taking Atléti to four points from a possible six. 

Lokomotiv Moskva v Atletico Madrid: Group D - UEFA Champions League

Lokomotiv Moscow had won their opening fixture by two goals to one away to a struggling Bayer Leverkusen team and currently sit second in the Russian Premier League behind city rivals CSKA Moscow.


With Juventus also winning, beating German side Leverkusen by three goals to nil, it was imperative that Atléti gained maximum points to keep up with the Italians. 


Here's the breakdown of this one.


Lokomotiv Moscow

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Marinato (5); Ignatjev (6), Höwedes (5), Corluka (5), Rybus (6); Krychowiak (6); Zhemaletdinov (6), Barinov (5), Murilo Cerqueira (5), João Mário (6); Smolov (5)


Substitutes: Idowu (5), Macedo Lopes (5), Kolomeytsev (N/A)



Atlético Madrid​

Key Talking Point

​Whilst the key moment in any game of football is usually a goal, a particular phase of play or the support from the crowd, in this case it was Diego Simeone's half-time team talk that inspired his side to come flying out of the blocks for the second half. 


The impact was almost instantaneous, with starlet João Félix opening the scoring in the 48th minute at the second attempt from an Alvaro Morata cross. Atlético Madrid maintained a high tempo and managed to grab a second through Thomas Partey after the Ghanaian met Diego Costa's cross. 

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A successful day at the office for Atlético, who will want to carry this form into their next Champions League outing at home to Bayer Leverkusen in gameweek three.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Oblak (8); Arias (7), Felipe (6), Giménez (6), Lodi (7); João Félix (8*), Partey (7), Saul (7), Koke (7); Diego Costa (6), Morata (7)


Substitutes: Lemar (6), Hermoso (N/A), Correa (N/A)


Star Player

There were a few good performers in this Los Cochoneros side to choose from. Jan Oblak was assertive in the goal, making a vital double save in the second half to preserve Atléti's lead, while Thomas Partey bossed the midfield whilst also proving to be quite the creative outlet. 


However, after a relatively uninspiring first half, it was the 19-year-old sensation João Félix who broke the deadlock and earned the star performer accolade. 



The Portuguese starlet played 84 minutes, amassing three shots, scoring one goal, and provided one key pass whilst being fouled twice. A solid performance after struggling in the Madrid derby. 


Looking Ahead


Following this win, Atlético Madrid return to La Liga action to face Real Valladolid at the Estadio José Zorrilla on Sunday, before taking on Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano.


Lokomotiv Moscow play Arsenal Tula at the Lokomotiv Stadium before travelling to Akhmat Grozny.