Atletico had to do it the hard way in the battle between the top two teams in Group B as they both trailed to a 34th-minute goal from Dimitrios Salpigidis and then, after Luis Garcia had equalised with 16 minutes remaining, lost Raul Garcia to an 81st-minute red card.
Despite being a man down, Atletico still managed to take the points thanks to Simao´s last-gasp winner, leaving the Spanish giants on top of the standings, a point clear of Panathinaikos and Simao said: "I want to win and I know that I scored an important goal."
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