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Atletico 2-0 Juve: Two Uruguayans set record in UCL history

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 20/02/2019

Atletico Madrid scored twice in the final 12 minutes as two Uruguayans pf Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin score for the first time ever in the same team in the Champions League as La Liga side take a crucial first-leg lead in their Champions League knockout clash with Juventus at Wanda Metrapolitano on Wednesday night.

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.

The visitors threatened, Ronaldo forcing Jan Oblak to palm over the bar with a rocket of a free-kick from range, before Leonardo Bonucci powered a free header over the bar.

Atletico thought they'd been given the chance to edge ahead from the spot when Mattia De Sciglio tripped a rampaging Costa, but VAR correctly ruled that the contact had taken place outside the box, with none of the farcical delay seen elsewhere across Europe on the night, nor the controvery that was to follow here.

Antoine Griezmann pulled a camera save out of Wojciech Szczesny from the resulting free-kick, but the game began to settle into the tight pattern most had been predicting when two of Europe's canniest sides were drawn against each other.

The interval, however, jolted things back into life, and Atletico missed two glorious chances to take the lead within ten minutes of the restart.

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.

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