Carrasco joins Griezmann in Atletico attack


MADRID: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone handed a rare start up front to Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco for his side’s crucial Champions League last-16 clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

The tie is finely balanced at 0-0 after the first leg in the Netherlands three weeks ago.

Carrasco impressed in a forward role alongside top scorer Antoine Griezmann in Atletico’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in January, but missed the first leg due to an ankle injury.

Argentine midfielder Augusto Fernandez replaces compatriot Lucian Vietto in Simeone’s only change from Saturday’s 3-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna.

PSV welcome back top scorer and captain Luuk de Jong after he missed the first leg through suspension.

French defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin comes in to bolster the visitors’ backline with Luciano Narsingh and the suspended Gaston Pereiro dropping out.

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Jan Oblak; Juanfran, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (capt), Augusto Fernandez, Saul Niguez; Antoine Griezmann, Yannick Carrasco

Coach: Diego Simeone (ARG)

PSV Eindhoven (5-3-2) Jeroen Zoet; Santiago Arias, Jeffrey Bruma, Hector Moreno, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Jetro Willems; Marco van Ginkel, Davy Proepper, Andres Guardado; Luuk de Jong (capt), Jurgen Locadia.

Coach: Phillip Cocu (NED)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)