Luis SuÃ¡rez converted a stoppage-time penalty after Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal since returning to AtlÃ©tico Madrid as the Spanish team fought back to beat 10-man AC Milan 2-1 in the Champions League.
Griezmann leveled six minutes from time and AtlÃ©tico was awarded a penalty that SuÃ¡rez struck confidently down the middle in the seventh minute of stoppage with the last of the visitor’s 22 shots on Tuesday.
“I hope to get to my best level as quickly as possible,â said Griezmann, who returned to AtlÃ©tico from Barcelona.
“(Thereâs been) a lot of changes: it (the transfer) was done on the last day and itâs different tactics, a different dressing room, another way of playing.
“In the end itâs a lot of changes. Everything is different,â he continued. “I have to get used to it as quickly as possible because the coach and my teammates need me. Nights like this are going to help me to get better.â
Milan was forced to play for an hour with 10 men after midfielder Franck KessiÃ© was sent off for a second bookable offense. That came shortly after Rafael LeÃ£o had given the Italian squad the lead in the 20th minute.
“Let’s just say the referee wasn’t the best one on the field tonight,â Milan coach Stefano Pioli said.
AtlÃ©tico remained second in Group B, two points behind Liverpool after the English team beat Porto 5-1. Milan is last with zero points from its opening two matches.
“Thereâs disappointment because we were close to an important result,â Pioli said. âInstead, the table is getting complicated. But this performance should give us confidence.
“For half an hour we played great soccer, then clearly the match changed with the sending off. When we had the same number of players, we played clearly better than our opponent.â
It was Milanâs first home match in the Champions League in more than seven years â when it lost 1-0 at San Siro to coincidentally the same opponent in the round of 16.
The Rossoneri fans were in fine voice and had plenty to cheer about as Milan got off to an aggressive start and AtlÃ©tico struggled to deal with its opponent’s energy and dynamism.
Brahim DÃaz was at the heart of most of Milanâs attacks and the young midfielder, who is on loan from Real Madrid, came close to giving the Rossoneri the lead in the 17th minute but fired straight at AtlÃ©tico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Ante RebiÄ went even closer two minutes later when he was sent clear by DÃaz and had only the goalkeeper to beat but Oblak managed to push his effort wide.
Milan did take the lead moments later following another good move by DÃaz, who then laid it off to LeÃ£o and the forward took one touch before driving it into the bottom left corner.
The closest AtlÃ©tico came in the opening half hour was when former Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia blasted an effort high over the crossbar from a good position.
But disaster struck when KessiÃ© received a somewhat harsh second booking and was sent off.
Milan almost doubled its lead in spectacular fashion as LeÃ£o attempted an overhead kick from distance and his effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar.
AtlÃ©tico went close with the last kick of the half as SuÃ¡rez volleyed wide from nine yards out.
The Spanish team hadnât scored in its past three matches in the competition and its struggles in front of goal continued in the second period, with Kondogbia and SuÃ¡rez sending further attempts wide from good positions.
DÃaz continued to be a thorn in AtlÃ©tico’s side, even dribbling the ball out from defense on one occasion, and the 22-year-old got a standing ovation from the fans when he limped off in the 57th after sustaining a knock.
AtlÃ©tico laid siege to the Milan goal and finally recorded its first shot on target 13 minutes from time when a Thomas Lemar snapshot from distance was beaten away by Mike Maignan.
And it took the lead shortly after as a cross was headed back across goal by Renan Lodi and Griezmann was there to volley it into the bottom left corner.
The comeback was complete when Pierre Kalulu was whistled for a handball and SuÃ¡rez did the rest.
It was SuÃ¡rez’s first European goal for the club and his first Champions League goal away from home since scoring for Barcelona against Roma in 2015 â a run of 25 matches.