Atletico pushed Juventus into the door of death in the Champions League
The Spanish representative had a big advantage in the quarterfinals thanks to a 2-0 victory, on February 20.
Goal: Jimenez 78 ‘, Godin 83’
- Jan Oblak – non-cape superman at Atletico Madrid
- Manchester City won by two goals in the last five minutes
Atletico made it all to remember why they were the most annoying team in Europe when Juventus hated it in the last five minutes. Atletico’s two goals share the same scenario that originates from a fixed situation and the center-back duo are the goalkeepers.
Before Atletico had a goal to open the score, the audience at the Metropolitano stadium had thought of a draw when luck didn’t seem to stand at Atletico. The home side was denied a penalty and a Morata goal after the referee used video support technology (VAR). However, Atletico’s fighting spirit helped them close the first leg with an impressive victory.
At the first goal, Morata was headed off by Mandzukic, but Jose Maria Jimenez was able to catch a timely kick. Mandzukic continued to be a “contributor” to Atletico’s second goal when he cleared the ball to hit Diego Godin. Uruguay central defender finishes at a narrow angle, hits Ronaldo and turns into a goal.
The 2-0 victory is a great advantage for Diego Simeone’s teachers when they visit the Juventus Arena on March 12.
The player that got the most attention in this match was Ronaldo who did not get a successful return to Madrid. The best chance of Portuguese superstar and Juventus in this match is a free-kick from 30 yards that Jan Oblak goalkeeper pushed the ball over the bar. This is the second time Ronaldo lost to Atletico in a match after seven encounters in the Champions League. In the previous defeat, Ronaldo still won the right to continue with Real.
However, the opportunity for Ronaldo to do the same thing with Juventus is extremely difficult. Juventus let the home team dominate completely during the match and may lose more if Atletico takes full advantage of the opportunities. In the first half, the referee penalized Atletico after Diego Costa was Mattia de Sciglio, however, he changed the decision when the VAR team announced the collision situation outside the 16m50 round.
Entering the second half, Costa missed the chance to face the goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Later, it was Antoine Griezmann’s turn to not win the Polish goalkeeper with a technical lob. Atletico seemed to have opened the scoring when Morata headed from Felipe Luis’s cross, but the referee refused after reviewing the video and suggested that the Spanish striker pushed George Chiellini.
Without his own goal, Morata made his mark by indirectly helping Jimenez open the score. The header of the striker was loaned by Chelsea, which caused Mandzukic to break the ball into position Jimenez and the Uruguayan midfielder did not miss the chance to lift the home side. Just five minutes later, it was the turn of Jimenez’s compatriot Godin to complete the victory for Atletico with the same scenario.
In Atletico’s squad against Juventus, there were nine people who won the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016. In it, four people played both matches. Atletico’s experienced and talented squad shows that they are potential candidates for the championship and are ready to break in this season.
As for Juventus, this team showed a desire to win the European Championship by bringing back star Ronaldo, the main character in three consecutive Champions League cups of Real. However, the journey to the king met with hardship right in the first round of elimination. Must write at least two goals in the net against opponents like Atletico is what makes any team bored but is imperative imperative for Ronaldo and teammates.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis, Koke (Correa 67 ‘), Thomas (Lemar 61’), Rodri, Saul, Griezmann, Costa (Morata 58 ‘).
Juventus: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic (Can 73 ‘), Matuidi (Cancelo 84’), Dybala (Bernardeschi 80 ‘), Mandzukic, Ronaldo.