Atletico Madrid had the first blow in their Champions League battle against Juventus as Diego Simeone’s men beat the Italian giant, 2-0.
Playing in front of their home crowd, Atletico tried to take the initiative since kick off, but were facing tough resilience from Juve.
Bianconeri were able to control the tempo really well during that first 45 minutes, causing some issues for the home side.
After a goalless first half, both teams came out with a more attacking initiative in the second half, especially Atleti.
Simeone’s boys immediately put on a more attacking approach and managed to create several goal scoring opportunities.
After having a goal called off due to VAR decision, Los Rojiblancos eventually got their breakthrough with an effort from Jose Gimenez on 78 minutes.
The home team continue to push forward after scoring that opener and eventually netted their second on 83 minutes, this time through Diego Godin’s finish.
That 2-0 lead triggered strong response from Juve as they were not keen on coming home without any away goal.
However, Atleti were able to hold their two goals lead until the final whistle was blown as they secure an important result before flying to Turin.
In another tie, Manchester City made an impressive come back in their away fixture against Schalke 04.
City got in front through Sergio Aguero’s effort after just 18 minutes of play, but that goal was canceled out by Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty on 38 minutes.
The Bundesliga outfit turned things around just before half time break with another spot kick to give his team a slender lead going into the second period.
Man City tried hard to get back into the tie, but seems like it was not going to be their day when Nicolas Otamendi got sent off on 68 minutes.
However, the visitor’s never say die attitude was rewarded when Leroy Sane equalized five minutes from time with an exquisite free kick.
Raheem Sterling eventually completed the turn around with his goal right in the 90th minute mark to sent Pep Guardiola’s team back home with a victory.