Atletico Madrid kept Cristiano Ronaldo in check yesterday, defeating Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16.
Defenders José María Giménez and Diego Godín scored late goals to give Atlético the win in a game in which video review played a key role, with two big calls going against the hosts.
Ronaldo, jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. He came close to scoring with a booming shot from a free kick less than 10 minutes into the match but had few opportunities after that.
Atlético had a first-half penalty reversed by VAR after it determined that Diego Costa was fouled outside the area, and the referee also consulted video replays on the pitchside monitor before disallowing a second-half goal by Alvaro Morata for a push on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.
“Luckily, we were able to overcome the calls that went against us with the VAR,” Godín said.
“It was a great result, scoring twice and not conceding, but we will have to be prepared for the final 90 minutes in Turin.”
The hosts dominated after an even first half at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and both Costa and Antoine Griezmann missed clear scoring chances before Giménez found the net after getting to a loose ball inside the area in the 78th, and Godín added to the lead with an angled volley in the 83rd after defenders failed to fully clear a free kick cross by Griezmann.
The shot seemed to take a slight deflection off Ronaldo, who was the closest player to Godin but who wasn’t able to block the effort.