Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the last piece from the Juventus Champions League. For such a long time, Juventus has mastered in Italy, winning seven league titles. But it’s the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was likely to be the man to deliver for a club which has lost out two in the final in the previous four decades. It was to inspire the team when Juventus turned into Ronaldo pursuing a record-equaling sixth Champions League title.
Just Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo compared to Atletico Madrid. On a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed success with Real, he was not able to add to his career tally of 22 against the neighbor. A group that has felt the full force of the irrepressible record during his time at Real of Ronaldo, To get Atletico Madrid, this victory in the first leg of their 16 ties was sweet. 2 second-half targets from defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the benefit.
Diego Godin flames home his side’s second with the aid of a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo. Ahead of the match, much had been made to Madrid, the town where he spent with Actual, winning the Champions League on four events of the return of Ronaldo. His proceed to Juventus opened an exciting new chapter having a club desperate to win the greatest prize in Europe and July brought an end to his glorious time in Spain. But if this result is anything to go by, that chapter may have to await a happy ending. Atletico, that was deprived of this guide by a refereeing decision after a review by the Video Assistant Referee, will surely be favorite to progress to the quarterfinal.
Atletico’s Alvaro Morata needed his effort. Alvaro Morata header appeared to have given the home side the lead just for the referee after watching a replay on the pitchside screen to rule out the attempt to get a foul. The decision riled Atletico, even though it need not have feared as Gimenez fired home from close range with 12 minutes remaining. Godin added another five minutes later, his shot taking a deflection to the internet off Ronaldo on its way.
“We’ll have some players there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, which Atletico Madrid forces you to perform using a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not at the second. “We have the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that easy. These things can happen, there will be a disappointment following this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It will not be easy, we are in need of a fantastic second leg, but it may be achieved and we must have faith.”