UEFA Champions League – Atletico Madrid Vs. Juventus

Two goals in the second half by defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin led Atletico Madrid to a hard-earned 2-0 win in the first leg of the Round of 16 in Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano.

When the game seemed to be coming to a draw, Jose Gimenez hammered in a rebound off of a corner kick to give Atletico the lead with 12 minutes to go in the second half, giving Atletico an edge in a close match. Just five minutes later, Diego Godin kicked in another rebound off of a corner kick, leaving Juventus shocked and desperate for an away goal in a match that seemed lost.

The match started fiercely with both sides playing like they have everything to lose. Only a mere eight minutes into the match, Diego Costa picked up a yellow card, which will rule him ineligible to play in the second leg in three weeks time.

Ronaldo had a great shot on goal during a free kick attempt that sailed just over the goalpost after Jan Oblak made a great save on what would’ve been a goal for Cristiano’s Juventus.

In the 28th minute, the referee ruled a penalty against Juventus when Mattia De Sciglio fouled Diego Costa inside the box. After VAR, review ruled that the foul occurred outside of the box, making Atletico take a free kick instead of a penalty.

In the second half, Alex Sandro was shown the yellow card after a foul, making him also ineligible for the second leg.

In the 71st minute, the substitute Alvaro Morata scored a beautiful header which was later disallowed after a VAR review. That wasn’t a problem for Atletico, as they scored back to back just minutes after the disallowed goal.

This win puts Atletico Madrid in a very good position to move on to the quarter-final stages of Champions League as they have a two-goal cushion that they’ve built.

The second leg will take place on March 12th at the Allianz Stadium to decide who moves on to the quarter-finals.

 

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