If they draw with Roma in their next outing, they will need Chelsea to lose to Qarabag to have any chance of moving forward.
Defending-enthusiast Antonio Conte is probably still twitching at the mere memory of it.
Qarabag were even reduced to ten men for the final half an hour but, much like when Atletico boasted a man advantage for the last 15 minutes in their first meeting a fortnight ago, Goliath failed to make David pay. "We started badly against Chelsea and against Roma but anything can happen".
"We need to dream". In the second half, when we wanted to turn things around, we weren't capable of doing so.
Home fans grew frustrated with their side after they were held for a second consecutive Champions League matchday by Azerbaijani side Qarabag. "They scored and we became anxious and nervous".
Diego Simeone's side have managed to get a total of three points in their opening four Champions League group stage matches without winning a single game. It is actually defender Filipe Luis who has created the most chances for the team in Europe this season.
Atletico will face Roma at home on November 22 before travelling to Stamford Bridge to lock horns with Chelsea in the final game in December. The venue will eventually be demolished, but it remains available for the club.
He told Onda Cero: "We are out".
Having won the Greek Superleague three times, completing the domestic double twice, across two spells in charge of the home team, Valverde was warmly welcomed back to the Karaiskakis Stadium.
"We all work to score goals every weekend".
"We are feeling very disappointed", said captain Gabi.
Niggling injuries to key midfield playmaker Koke and winger Yannick Carrasco have come at a bad time too; Koke's ability to unlock defences has been especially missed.
Atletico rallied in the second half to level through Thomas Partey's fantastic long-range strike into the top corner.
Qarabag would have been eliminated if it had lost the match in Madrid.
Diego Costa also rejoined the club for a reported club record 55 million euros ($64.8 million) from Chelsea, but he and Atletico's other major recruit Vitolo can't feature until January.
The La Liga giants are on the verge of being knocked out of Europe's biggest club with just three points so far and Chelsea and Roma sitting on eight.