Atletico Madrid sealed its Champions League knockout stage berth after an industrious performance topped off by a sublime Yannick Carrasco goal helped it to a 2-0 win at Salzburg in its Group A match on Wednesday.
The result left Atletico second in the group on nine points from six games, seven behind group winner Bayern Munich which sealed its progress earlier and was 2-0 home winner over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Third-placed Salzburg finished on four points and will carry on in the Europa League last 32 after the winter break while bottom team Lokomotiv (three points) has been eliminated.
Salzburg wasted a string of chances, with Mergim Berisha hitting the post in the second minute, before defender Mario Hermoso fired the visiting side ahead against the run of play in the 39th minute.
Carrasco floated in a free kick and the ball came off the left back’s shoulder en route to…