Atletico Madrid has continued to gain home form in Champions League knockout stage at the Wanda Metropolitano as they secured a 2-0 win in their last 16 first leg against Juventus.
Before start of the game, Diego Simeone was unbeaten in 11 home knockout games with the Rojiblancos, a run which has seen his side knocked down AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea in the process.
As a game full of fouls and misdemeanour’s, Diego Costa picked up a yellow card that ruled him out of the return leg in Turin just few minutes after he returned from a long term injury.
Ronaldo employed his best of effort but yet ended up going behind for a corner, which Leonardo Bonucci had a free header that didn’t still yield to prove the a difficult results as afore predicted.
However, Antoine Griezmann pounced on a Giorgio Chiellini error and set him through. The Brazil-born Spain forward got clear of Bonucci, holding him off, but completely sliced his strike as he approached Wojciech Szczesny when he would have expected to find the net.
Griezmann found space to get on the end of a bouncing ball. He looked to have executed an excellent lob over the Pole but the Juve keeper tracked the ball to tip it onto the crossbar before Chiellini cleared.
Few minutes later, what appeared to be a deadlock also rocked Juventus as Alvaro Morata made an excellent header, but the goal was ruled out after referee Felix Zwayer viewed through VAR a second time.
Alvaro Morata made a big play in the La Liga side going ahead shortly after though. A corner was met by the ex-Juventus forward, who climbed higher than anyone to aim a low header at goal. Mario Mandzukic stuck out a leg and blocked the effort, but it fell for Jose Gimenez who was able to convert to goal despite being in a crowded box.
Mario then inadvertently assisted a second goal for his former club, linking up Gimenez’s central defensive partner Diego Godin. Again sticking out a leg, the Croatian put the ball back into the path of the Atleti captain, who fire in from the angle.