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Atletico Madrid 2-2 Juventus: 3 reasons why the game ended in a draw | UEFA Champions League 2019-20

Tony Akatugba
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#2 Juventus' sizzling counter attacks

Juventus players celebrate Juan Cuadrado's opener
Juventus players celebrate Juan Cuadrado's opener

Juventus' goals were absolute beauties, as the Bianconeri powered past Atletico Madrid initially with wonderfully executed attacking manoeuvres

Two minutes after the interval, Leonardo Bonucci sent a long pass up the left flank to Gonzalo Higuain who raced away, he came inside to expertly pick up Juan Cuadrado on the right flank, and the Colombian cut back on his left foot to blast the ball beyond Jan Oblak's reach for the opener.

For Juve's second goal, a fine interchange between Cuadrado and Cristiano Ronaldo released Alex Sandro down the left flank, and he sent a perfect cross into the box for Blaise Matuidi to convert.

Atleti had no answers to those flowing moves.


#1 Juventus poor at set-pieces

Stefan Savic (r) celebrates his goal
Stefan Savic (r) celebrates his goal

Juventus captain and defensive linchpin, Giorgio Chiellini is out with an injury, and for the past couple of games, cracks have been evident in Juventus' rearguard. Chiellini's regular partner has had to pair up with the young Matthijs De Ligt, and it seems they need more time to sync.

Atletico Madrid troubled Juve all night from set-pieces, and the persistence paid off in the end. Juventus conceded both goals off set pieces, and on both occasions, the communication was all over the place.

Stefan Savic headed the ball home off a Koke free kick in the 70th minute to give Atleti hope, and substitute Hector Herrera brought the game level as he finished off a Kieran Trippier corner in the 90th minute.

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