Champions League last 16:advantage Atletico Madrid against Juventus

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Late goals from Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin saw Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The match had appeared to be heading for a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano, before Atleti defenders Gimenez (78) and Godin (83) gave Diego Simeone’s side a huge advantage heading into the second leg in Turin on March 12.

That will come as a big relief to the home team, who had earlier seen substitute Alvaro Morata’s 70th-minute header ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for a push on Giorgio Chiellini.

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  • Atlético Madrid have never lost a home game in the knockout stages of European competition under Diego Simeone (P16 W12 D4 L0).
  • Juventus have faced Atlético Madrid more times without winning than against any other opponent in the Champions League (P3 W0 D1 L2).
  • Atlético Madrid have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Champions League games against Juventus – the only other side to keep three in a row against them in the competition is Barcelona (all three in 2017).
  • Juventus have lost consecutive games in the same Champions League campaign for the first time since October 2014 (0-1 v Atlético Madrid and 0-1 v Olympiakos).
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Atlético Madrid have kept 12 clean sheets in the Champions League knockout stages – only Real Madrid (13) have managed more.
  • Juventus have been eliminated on each of the previous four occasions when losing the first leg in a Champions League knockout tie, with the last time they were able to progress after a first leg defeat coming in 2005-06 against Werder Bremen.
  • Atlético Madrid’s José Giménez has scored two goals in the Champions League this season – he hadn’t netted in any of his previous four campaigns before 2018-19.
  • Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci made the 500th appearance of his club career, with 55 of those coming in the Champions League.

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