- Atletico Madrid defeated Juventus 2: 0 in the first round of the CL knockout round.
- Twice the VAR goes on, twice at the expense of the Madrilenes.
- Juventus disappointed offensively, especially in the second half.
- In Gelsenkirchen, ManCity beat Schalke in the late turn.
It took 78 minutes in the Metropolitano until the Atletico fans finally celebrated. José Maria Gimenez was the only one who held the lead after a corner and hit the ball over the line. And this time the jubilation did not linger on the neck of the Madrilene – the blow counted.
Already eight minutes earlier, substitute Alvaro Morata scored the supposed opening goal for the hosts. But because the former Juve striker had paved his way through a small push in the back of Giorgio Chiellini for his header, the gate did not count. The referee canceled the match after consulting the video images.
Atletico leaves top opportunities
The VAR was already switched on after half an hour. Mattia De Sciglio ran into Diego Costa. Referee Felix Zwayer immediately decided on Penalty, but then withdrew the decision. The error had clearly taken place outside the penalty area.
With the next free kick, Antoine Griezmann forced Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny to a procession, but the Mandriles were really convincing after the break. In the 50th minute, Diego Costa only moved on Szczesny, but he wasted himself miserably. Griezmann handled the Juve keeper shortly thereafter decisively with the fingertips to the bar.
Gimenez finally broke the ball in the 78th minute. With Diego Godin in the 83rd minute a defender on the cover.
Ronaldo is largely submerged
And what did Juventus do? In the second half, the Turin almost did not succeed in the offensive anymore. The guests had their best stage of the match in the first 20 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo (9) was able to do well with a powerful free kick, which strongly offended Jan Oblak. In the added time, the Portuguese placed a header just above the goal.
Broadcast reference: SRF two, sportlive, 20.02.2019, 20:30 clock