Arnautović helps Inter beat Atlético 1-0 in 1st leg of Champions League last 16

MILAN (AP) — Marko Arnautović came off the bench to help Inter Milan to a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.

Arnautović replaced the injured Marcus Thuram at halftime and redeemed himself after missing a couple of early chances by scoring the winning goal 11 minutes from time.

The second leg is in Madrid on March 13.

Inter was a surprise Champions League finalist last year but appears to have stepped up a level since and looks to be storming to the Serie A title after an eight-match winning streak in all competitions.

Atlético had snapped a three-match winless run with a 5-0 victory over Las Palmas over the weekend and was hoping to carry that momentum into San Siro.

Samuel Lino curled an early effort just past the right post for Atlético but that was a rare chance in a cagey first half until Inter appeared to wake up nine minutes before the break.

Neither goalkeeper had really been tested until Lautaro Martínez, who had fired a good opportunity over the bar moments earlier, saw his header smothered by Jan Oblak.


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Daniella Matar, The Associated Press