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Atletico Madrid’s Reinildo was high-fived by referee after being booked v Porto

Atletico Madrid are officially out of European competition for the 2022/23 season.

Last week, the La Liga side were eliminated from the Champions League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Bayer Leverkusen on home soil.

Yannick Carrasco had the chance to keep Atletico’s hopes alive deep into stoppage-time, but the Belgian missed from the penalty spot in what was one of the most dramatic endings to a football match ever seen.

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Despite their failure against Leverkusen, Atletico still had the opportunity to reserve a place in the Europa League by finishing third in the group.

However, Diego Simeone’s side saw themselves leapfrogged by the German outfit on Tuesday evening.

Atletico travelled to FC Porto for their final group match of the campaign and were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat.

First half goals from Mehdi Taremi and Stephen Eustáquio were enough for three points, with Ivan Marcano’s stoppage-time own goal ultimately nothing more than a consolation.

Atletico Madrid players walk off the pitch
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group B – FC Porto v Atletico Madrid – Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal – November 1, 2022 Atletico Madrid’s Stefan Savic, Axel Witsel and Nahuel Molina look dejected after the match REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Yet another day to forget in Atletico’s 2022/23 season

Atletico’s season just seems to be going from bad to worse. They were even beaten 3-2 by Cadiz in La Liga last weekend.

And their current poor form is almost as baffling as an incident involving defender Reinildo during the first half against Porto.

The Brazilian was yellow carded shortly before the interval and seconds after he was cautioned, referee Daniele Orsato decided to high-five him.

It seemed obvious that Reinildo was gesturing to the bench, but the official bizarrely thought he was in the mood to exchange niceties.

Needless to say, footage of the exchange – which has gone viral – looks rather awkward…

Video: Reinildo high-fived by referee after being booked

Yeah, we’re not quite sure what Orsato was thinking. A high-five after a yellow card in a big Champions League game? Come on, use your head, Daniele.

Where next for Atletico?

So, after awkward high-fives and European elimination, the question that has to be asked is; what next for Atletico and Simeone?

Well, they can now fully focus on securing a place in the top four of La Liga (they’re currently third) and their next league fixture pits them against Espanyol on Sunday.

But Atletico’s current form suggests Champions League qualification will be anything but easy to come by and if Simeone fails in that regard, those in power at the club may be forced into making a huge decision at the end of the season.

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