A Champions League Night at the Wanda Metropolitano (Photo Special)

Last week I went back to the Wanda Metropolitano for a football match for the first time in almost two years – I had of course been twice during the summer for my Covid-19 vaccination!

Ultimately, the game was a bit disappointing. A disjointed attacking display from Atlético combined with a resolute Porto defence didn’t exactly make for a thriller and it was the visitors who would come closest to winning it, having a goal ruled out for a handball.

That said, it was worth going for the atmosphere. This was by far the biggest crowd at a game I’ve been at since before the start of the pandemic and having been locked out for the entirety of their title-winning campaign last season, Atlético’s fans were delighted to be back.

Anyway, here are a small selection of my photographs from the evening.

The sight of the stadium as you walk up from the Metro
Fancy a half-and-half scarf?
The teams for tonight’s main event
Insert some kind of Griezmann’s head in the clouds joke here.
Flares being set off as fans wait to get inside
Lovely view of the mountains surrounding Madrid from the exterior
The traditional pre-match light show
Atlético fans bringing the atmosphere
The teams line up for the Champions League anthem, which the Atlético fans whistled and drowned out by singing their own anthem
Luis Suarez lines up the injury time free kick that was the closest Atlético came to scoring
Disappointed/frustrated fans trudge away from the stadium

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