Champions League: Atlético 1 – 0 Juventus
Goal by Arda Turan enough for Atleti to beat Italian champions
After their surprise loss against Olympiakos, Atlético got right back on track in the second round of the Champions League group phase when taking on Juventus.
The La Liga champions beat their Italian counterparts through a late goal by Arda Turan to win 1-0.
The Turk arrived in the box late to tap in a cross from the right wing by Juanfran, leaving Buffon without a chance for the first and only time on Wednesday evening.
For Turan it was a well deserved reward after an impressive performance. While he and a few of his teammates impressed, the entire side were never able to really pin down their opponent. It was Juve who dominated possession at the Vicente Calderón, although the Italians weren’t able to create any chances either. The single threat to Moyá’s goal was Raúl García, the captain nearly scored an own goal shortly after Atlético had taken the lead.
Throughout the game the Bianconeri didn’t manage a single shot on target, but the home side didn’t do much better. In the first half Mario Mandzukic, first with and later without his mask, was the only one to register an attempt, which was well saved by Buffon.
In the second half Atlético were denied a penalty when Cáceres clearly handled the ball, but referee Brych judged the incident to be accidental and waved to play on. The controversial decision would not have great consequences, as the Rojiblancos took the lead through Arda a few minutes later.
Atlético and Juventus now share the lead in Group A of the Champions League with Malmö and Olympiakos, as all four teams have won one of their first two games. In three weeks we host the Swedish champs in Madrid.
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|01 October 2014|