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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus : As It Happened

Match Report


The game ended in spectacular fashion as atletico Madrid took a two goals advantage when travelling to Turin.

Juventus were tagged the Champions League favourites this season after the signing of Ronaldo but what looked good on paper seems to be the worse as Diego Simeone's men brutally swept them aside.

Goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin ensured that Atletico Madrid would visit the Old Ladies with pride after they were labelled the underdogs prior to that encounter.

This encounter saw losers of four of the past five finals face off, with both sides renowned for their defensive solidity. This was the first round in the tournament's history in which VAR was in use and, just as it had in last week's matches, the new technology heavily impacted this clash.

With Juventus hoping they have done enough to gain a draw at least, they never knew that Atletico had other plans with Gimenez scoring at the78th-minute from a corner to drill home the opener, before Diego Godin's strike five minutes later deflected in off former Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Controversial  Atletico forward Costa showed his dark side when he refused to retreat from a Juve free kick but that action proved costly as he was booked just eight minutes into the encounter, meaning he will miss the second leg return in Turin.



As dangerous as ever, Ronaldo who was kept quiet in the game had his moment. Despite being nearly 30 metres out, he came close for Juventus from the resulting free-kick, but well alert goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a fine save to tip the ball over.

On the 28 minute, Atletico thought they had a penalty after the referee pointed to the spot but juventus were lucky as VAR had it's say and the decision was rescinded.

Antoine Griezmann's swerving effort forced a save by Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny but it was Costa  who should have opened the scoring on 49 minutes when Griezmann pounced on a lax Giorgio Chiellini header to put the ex-Chelsea forward clean through with an inch-perfect pass. However, Costa shot wide despite successfully deceiving Szczesny, who dived the wrong side.

Costa's final act in the game came when Szczesny made a superb save from a Griezmann lob before Chiellini cleared for a corner ahead of the incoming Spanish forward after the rebound came off the bar..

Replacing Diego Costa, alvaro Morata had his own moment but the Chelsea loanees goal was disallowed by VAR in the 71st minute and juventus survived that scare.

With Atletico asking questions, they got their goal seven minutes later after that VAR incident, Gimenez scored after Juventus had failed to clear the lines following a corner, with the visitors asking for VAR check following a supposed foul on Leonardo Bonucci.

Juve were looking for an equaliser but Atletico defender Diego Godin put Simeone's men in an even stronger position after the Serie A leaders failed to deal with a free-kick and the veteran defender poked the ball home via a Ronaldo deflection.

Coach Simeone celebrated in spectacular fashion as he was seen holding his genitals in the front of his own fans as he taught Ronaldo and Juve a lesson they would never forget.

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