Champions League – Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus FT

Arda Turan celebrating his goal.

Atletico Madrid continued their good run of form as they beat Juventus 1-0 in the Champions League and ended the Italian side’s unbeaten run.

It was predicted a very close game as the two Champions of Seria A and LaLiga faced each other in the second round of Group A.

Atletico Madrid and Juventus had both not lost a single league game before the match, with Juventus winning their last five games in a row.

The Old Lady had beaten Atalanta 3-0 last weekend, with two goals from Carlos Tevez and a penalty save from Gianluigi Buffon.

With the confidence high, Juventus midfielder Cladio Marchisio had warned before the game, that his team only had a victory in their minds. However, it turned out to be a difficult night, as the visitors were without three players, including their magician playmaker Andrea Pirlo.

Their opponents Atletico Madrid had a reason to be confident before the game, as they had won 17 of their last 19 games at the Vincente Calderon in  UEFA competition.

Moreover, as Juventus, Los Rojiblancos have had a great season so far, beating Sevilla 4-0 on Saturday to climb third, two points behind leaders Barcelona.

However, it was the White-Blacks who started best, as they dominated the beginning of the first half with midfielder Paul Pogba controlling most of the possession. Pogba had a great game with many passes and found Llorente in the ninth minute, who with a great pass found Claudio Marchisio outside the box, but the Italian midfielder shot wide.

Atletico had the first real close chance on goal, when Arda Turan found Mario Mandzukic in the 20th minute who shot from outside the box but saw his finish saved by veteran Gianluigi Buffon.

Despite Juventus having 68% of the possession throughout the first half, it was Atletico Madrid who had the most shots, with five on goal but only one on target.

In the second half, it was the same story all over again; Juventus controlling the game with Diego Simeone’s men having most of the chances. Both teams showed great work ethic and it become a real midfield battle, with 49 tackles made, resulting in eight yellow cards.

Los Rojiblancos pushed for a win, and in the 74th minute they got the goal they had been waiting for, as Juanfran received the ball on the right flank and with a great curling cross found a free Arda Turan who with an easy flick put the ball in the bottom left corner.

Being 1-0 down, one would have thought Massimiliano Allegri would have told his team to go all-out attack, however the Old Lady’s build up play was too laboured and  they never managed to become a real threat for the Spanish Champions. With only five shots on goal none of them on target during the game, Juventus never really showed their attacking ability as they have so far in the Serie A.

The result means Juventus stay on top with three points, joined with Atletico Madrid who with a worse goal difference are second, Malmö third and Olympiakos fourth.

In the next round, Atletico will face Malmö at home, who beat Olympiakos at home in their game, while Juventus will travel to Athens as they hope to stay on top with a victory over the Greeks.