Champions League: Atlético 1 – 0 Juventus

Goal by Arda Turan enough for Atleti to beat Italian champions

Arda Turan atletico juventus

Arda Turan (AS)

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.

Atlético Madrid Juventus
Atlético Madrid 10 Juventus
Arda 75' 
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 01 October 2014
Kick Off 20:45 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Arda (89')
Saúl (53')
Raúl García
Mandzukic (84')
Substitutes used
Griezmann (53')
Mario (84')
Siquiera (89')
Cáceres (78')
Lichtsteiner (89')
Vidal (83')
Substitutes used
Pereyra (78')
Morata (83')
Giovinco (89')

Match Stats

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  • Ringo ST Gambo

    Terribly boring game
    But with all the new faces I cannot be too mad
    Plus there’s another win

  • Arjit Barua

    Really dull game, but we needed the win. Miranda and Godin were amazing against Llorente and Tevez.

  • We already see that Saúl is the third option in the defensive midfield.

  • Chewie

    I think we should congratulate Moya with his Champions League debut. And a goalless one.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I think mandzukic looked incredibly lazy and his movement was poor. Ah well a much needed win on to the next one

  • Yon

    That was boring, not surprising though, 2 very solid teams! Hopefully we can manage 2 victories over Malmo!

  • Gabi was at court tonight to give his statement on Levante-Zaragoza game 2010-2011

    and according to MARCA, he told the judge the the match was fixed, but he had nothing to do with it

    This is the report from ESPN that I posted a week ago which has some details

    What I understood from ESPN and from AS is that the way some Zaragoza players are involved is that they received an amount of money from Zaragoza president back then Agapito Iglesias, then he withdrew them to pay some Levante players for letting Zaragoza win
    They are 4 players, and Gabi is not one of them, but Leo Franco, our former GK is

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