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The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Diego Forlan takes a shot. Michail Sifakis makes a save.
Shot from just outside the area by Peral Javito goes over the bar.
Jose Antonio Reyes fouled by Kristi Vangeli, the ref awards a free kick. Diego Forlan shoots direct from the free kick.
Escudero Raul Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Peral Javito. Caution for Escudero Raul Garcia. Free kick taken by Kristi Vangeli.
Foul by Kristi Vangeli on Mata Mario Suarez, free kick awarded. Escudero Raul Garcia delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Peral Javito makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the area by Escudero Raul Garcia goes wide right of the goal.
Fran Merida replaces Guerrero Antonio Lopez. Escudero Raul Garcia comes on in place of Cardoso Tiago.
Carlos Ruiz is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Alvaro Dominguez.
(Aris Salonika) makes a substitution, with Carlos Ruiz coming on for Danijel Cesarec.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Konstatinos Kaznaferis from the right by-line, Nikos Lazaridis grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Atletico Madrid 2-3 Aris Salonika.
Foul by Peral Javito on Mata Mario Suarez, free kick awarded. Mata Mario Suarez takes the direct free kick. Cardoso Tiago gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garbini Michel. Peral Javito restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Konstatinos Kaznaferis from the right by-line, Alvaro Dominguez manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Alvaro Dominguez on Peral Javito, free kick awarded. The referee cautions Alvaro Dominguez for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Garbini Michel. Thanasis Prittas is brought on as a substitute for Sergio Koke.
Shot from just outside the box by Peral Javito goes over the crossbar.
Sabrosa Simao leaves the field to be replaced by da Silva Diego Costa.
(Aris Salonika) makes a substitution, with Konstatinos Kaznaferis coming on for Costas Mendrinos.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Michail Sifakis.
Sergio Koke is caught offside. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line, clearance by Peral Javito.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jose Antonio Reyes, save made by Michail Sifakis.
Peral Javito gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mata Mario Suarez. Peral Javito is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Mata Mario Suarez.
Corner taken right-footed by Costas Mendrinos from the right by-line, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Danijel Cesarec by Alvaro Dominguez. Penalty taken right-footed by Sergio Koke and scored. Atletico Madrid 2-2 Aris Salonika.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alvaro Dominguez by Peral Javito. Alvaro Dominguez restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Jose Antonio Reyes misses to the left of the target.
Tomas Ujfalusi takes a shot.
The match restarts for the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
Diego Forlan takes a shot. Save made by Michail Sifakis.
Shot from just outside the box by Jose Antonio Reyes misses to the left of the target.
Short corner worked by Jose Antonio Reyes.
Sabrosa Simao takes the inswinging corner, Lozano Farran Oriol manages to make a clearance.
Cardoso Tiago produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
The referee blows for offside. Alvaro Dominguez takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cardoso Tiago on Peral Javito. The referee shows Cardoso Tiago a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Lozano Farran Oriol takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Faty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes. Jose Antonio Reyes produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Michail Sifakis. Inswinging corner taken by Jose Antonio Reyes from the right by-line, Lozano Farran Oriol makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Costas Mendrinos, clearance by Tomas Ujfalusi.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Costas Mendrinos, David De Gea makes a save.
Kristi Vangeli challenges Cardoso Tiago unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Guerrero Antonio Lopez.
Sergio Aguero fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Atletico Madrid 2-1 Aris Salonika.Assist by Alvaro Dominguez.
Diego Forlan takes a shot. Save by Michail Sifakis.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Michail Sifakis.
Goal scored by Diego Forlan from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Atletico Madrid 1-1 Aris Salonika.
Mata Mario Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Costas Mendrinos. Juan Carlos Toja takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line played to the near post, Cardoso Tiago has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Costas Mendrinos takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Diego Godin. Corner taken right-footed by Costas Mendrinos, David De Gea makes a save.
Costas Mendrinos takes a shot. Sergio Koke fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Atletico Madrid 0-1 Aris Salonika.
The match begins.
Rojiblancos looking to bounce back
Atletico Madrid will look to bounce back from Saturday`s forgettable home defeat to Espanyol and secure their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League when they host Aris Thessaloniki.
The Rojiblancos dropped down to seventh place in La Liga after slumping to a 3-2 loss against an Espanyol side who, despite flying high in the table, had only picked up four points and one goal from their previous six away games this season.
To add salt to Atletico`s wounds, coach Quique Sanchez Flores was sent off late on and had to be restrained at the end of the game as he came onto the pitch to vent his fury.
Sanchez Flores preferred not to dwell too long on that incident today, insisting his focus is solely on tomorrow`s Europa League encounter with Aris where a win would put the reigning champions through.
"It was all very strange. I only want to think about the game against Aris and secure our passage to the following round, get back to playing well and make the fans happy," he said.
"I hope that my ban will be as minimal as possible. I`m not proud of what happened and I hope it never happens again. I must keep my cool."
Atletico suffered a poor start to the defence of their Europa League title after taking just one point from their opening two Group B games, but back-to-back wins over Rosenborg has left them in a decent position in the standings.
They are currently second on seven points, one behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen and three ahead of Aris, who will be well aware their own hopes of progressing through will be over if they lose at the Vicente Calderon.
Sanchez Flores, whose side lost 1-0 in Greece, added: "Aris know that it`s their last shot at qualifying. They will be competitive and we know that it will be a difficult game. We must not underestimate our opponents.
"(However) I`m more concerned about my team than our opponents. We need to have a very good game to get the victory."
Aris stunned Atletico in their opening match, Javito`s superb second-half goal earning them all three points and extending their impressive unbeaten home record in Europe to 22 games.
Hector Cuper`s side have struggled since then, though, and away defeats to Rosenborg and Leverkusen combined with a home draw against the German outfit means they are almost in the last-chance saloon for tomorrow`s game.
Since that draw with Leverkusen, Aris have picked up just four points from a possible 12 in their domestic league and were beaten 1-0 by lowly Panserraikos at the weekend.
Atletico on the brink
Reigning champions Atletico Madrid were left staring at possible Europa League elimination after slumping to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Aris Thessaloniki.
Aris took the lead with the first chance of the match through Sergio Koke but Atletico, who would have been sure of a place in the knockout stages with a win, hit back with quickfire goals from prolific strike duo Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero to go 2-1 ahead.
However, the visiting Greek outfit stunned their hosts with two goals in the second half to take the spoils, Koke levelling from the penalty spot before Nikos Lazaridis slammed in an 81st-minute winner.
The result means Aris - who also beat Atletico at home - are now level on seven points with the holders in second place in Group B, four points behind Bayer Leverkusen, who qualified for the last 32 this evening.
In the final round of matches, Atletico must travel to Leverkusen knowing they need a better result than Aris manage at home to already-eliminated Rosenborg.
Aris have never lost in 23 European matches over 40 years at their Kleanthis Vikelidis stadium.
Atletico, who suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Espanyol at the weekend in La Liga, could hardly have had a worse start tonight as Aris took the lead after barely 60 seconds.
Home goalkeeper David De Gea failed to collect a cross and, as he raced out to the edge of the box to try and claim possession, he was beaten by Aris midfielder Costas Mendrinos who launched a shot goalward.
Mendrinos' effort hit the crossbar but the rebound fell kindly for Koke to slot into an empty net.
That was a setback for Atletico, but they did not take long to turn the match on its head with Forlan and Aguero both scoring to put the hosts in front with just 16 minutes gone.
Aguero also tested visiting goalkeeper Michail Sifakis, who then denied Jose Antonio Reyes from a free-kick as Atletico dominated the first half following Aris' early breakthrough.
Quique Sanchez Flores' side then came agonisingly close to increasingly their lead 30 seconds after half-time when Aris defender Kristi Vangeli, in attempting to cut out Tomas Ujfalusi's cross, sliced the ball onto the underside of his own crossbar.
However, the ball did not cross the line and five minutes alter Aris drew level from the penalty spot.
The referee spotted Atletico defender Alvaro Dominguez tugging the shirt of Lazaridis at a corner, and from the resulting spot-kick Koke drilled his shot down the centre of the goal as De Gea dived to his right.
Despite that, Atletico still looked the more likely winners as the game progressed and Forlan drew a good save out of Sifakis in the 61st minute.
The champions would end up with nothing, though, as they conceded a shock winner to Aris with nine minutes remaining.
De Gea did well to deny Aris on a couple of occasions during a goalmouth scramble but when the ball ran loose to Lazaridis near the penalty spot his thumping drive flew into the back of the net via an Atletico defender.
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