Late Goals Give Atletico Madrid First Leg Win Over Juventus

Reuters

 

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin struck late to earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory in an entertaining first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus.

 

Gimenez picked up the pieces at a 78th-minute corner to drill home the opener, before Diego Godin's strike five minutes later deflected in off former Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Alvaro Morata had earlier been denied a goal against his old club by VAR, while Juve's best chance saw a Ronaldo free-kick tipped over by Jan Oblak in the first 10 minutes.

The Serie A champions looked on course to take a goalless draw back to Turin until Atleti, who will have Diego Costa and Thomas Partey suspended for the return trip, snared the victory.