Second half goals from defenders José Giménez and Diego Godín gave Diego Simeone's side a precious victory to spoil Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Madrid.
Atlético take a huge advantage to Turin as they saw off Juventus 2-0 with second-half goals from central defenders José Giménez and Diego Godín in an intense and action-filled game at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Both sides went into the game evenly matched and traded blow for blow until the 70th minute, when Atlético subsitute striker Alvaro Morata scored with his head. However, after VAR consultation, the goal was ruled out for a foul by Morata on Chiellini in the build-up. Juve were able to breathe a sigh of relief, but it was that moment that marked the beginning of their implosion.
It was the second VAR decision to go against the hosts after an initial penalty decision for Diego Costa was overturned in the first half. And a clearly incensed Atlético channelled their fury to completely tear Juve apart within the space of ten minutes, scoring two goals in quick succession.
The first came in minute 78 through Giménez, who, after the Juve defence failed to properly deal with a Morata header, latched on to a loose ball to bundle it past keeper Szczesny from close range.
Juve’s failure to clear their lines also led to the second goal five minutes later. Griezmann whipped in a dangerous free-kick set piece, which Mandzukic could only manage to header sideways towards Diego Godin on right post. The Atlético captain volleyed his effort into an open net to send the Wanda crowd ecstatic.
If Juventus were to going have one more chance to score in the dying seconds and take a vital away goal back to Turin, who else was it going to fall to but Cristiano Ronaldo?
The Portuguese almost had given the Serie A side the lead after nine minutes with a thunderous free kick from 35 yards. This time in the 93rd minute, it was a header from five yards, which he could only guide well over the bar to draw a sneer-laden cheer of relief from the home crowd. Seconds later the ref blew his whistle, allowing everyone in the stadium’s heart rate return to normal after a drama-packed affair.
Atlético Madrid vs Juventus: as it happened
94' And the ref blows it up. What a game that was. Atlético take a 2-0 advantage to Turin.
93' Ronaldo sends a header over the bar from four yards out in the dying seconds!!
90' Ronaldo takes the free kick by the byline on the left. Instead of whipping it into the box, he catches Atletico off guard by playing a fast pass along the ground to Pjanic outside the box. He shoots first time, but Oblak saves!
89' Griezmann is in the book for a sliding challenge on Alex Sandro, as the Juve full back was about to swing a cross into the hosts' area.
83' Juve have imploded!! Griezmann whips in a free kick set piece from the right. Mandzukic fails to clear it properly with his head, as Szczesny dives to his right thinking the ball is coming towards him. But the header sends it into the path of Godin by the right post who volleys it first time into the open goal. 2-0 Atlético.
83' GOAL DIEGO GODIN!!!!
78' There were appeals again from Juve for a foul in the build up to the goal. But this time the goal stands. Morata again involved. The Spaniard jumps high and directs a header towards goal. It's blocked by the Juve defence but they fail to clear it properly, and Jose Giminez latches onto the loose ball and drives it low and past Szczesny from 8 yards out.
78' GOAL ATLETICO!!!
72' No goal!!! The ref has looked at the VAR and has deemed that Morata pushed Chiellini as he went up for the header. That's the second VAR decision to go against the hosts.
70' Ref is going to VAR to check a possible foul by Morata on Chiellini
70' GOAL ATLETICO! Morata with the head!
66' Third change for Atletico: Koke comes off. Angel Correa is on.
65' Atletico try to break quickly on the counter... but a terribly wayward pass from Lemar, who had Morata and Griezmann in front of him, brings an end to that and draws groans from the crowd.
61' Thomas is coming off for Thomas Lemar.
59' Ronaldo accelerates to beat one Atlético defender and shoots from just inside the box on the left. But Godín does well to block the shot. Juve do nothing with resultant corner.
58' After scufffing a wonderful opportunity a few minutes ago, Costa comes off and makes way for Morata.
54' Griezmann tries to lob the Juve keeper from 10 yards out... but it hits the crossbar! It could be 2-0!
50' What a chance for Costa!!! Griezmann releases the Spaniard with a cutting pass through the middle. Costa is on his own with just Szczesny in front of him. He fends off Bonucci with his right arm, and then strikes it low and to the right but wide! What a chance to give the hosts the lead!
48' Juve do nothing with the corner and Atlético have a goal kick.
48' Ronaldo puts a cross in from the left. Atletico clear it and it falls to Matuidi, who hits it first time about 20 yards out, but it's deflected out for a corner.
46' Atlético get the second half underway!
The teams are on their way back out. Simeone is having a word with Morata, perhaps he'll make an appearence soon.
Possession in that first half: Atlético - 40%, Juventus - 60%, but Atlético have done as much as Juve with the 20% less possesion they have had.
48' And that's half time! An exciting first half with chances either end, but still goalless.
47' Thomas is booked for a very late sliding challenge on Dybala just inside Atlético's half. The delivery comes in from the resultant free kick set piece. Ronaldo connects but can't manouvre himself correctly to make a clean strike. Oblak saves.
46' Juventus corner is cleared by Koke.
42' Ronaldo is on the ground and seemingly in pain after a fair challenge by Juan Fran. The crowd obviously not taking too kindly to Ronaldo's reaction and no free kick is given.
40' Dybala mis-hits it as he slipped as he tried to shoot just inside the right corner of the box and Oblak is able to collect it after it goes high in the air.
37' Juve try to buld something but again they fail. They seem a little unsettled.
36' Rodrigo gets a head to the in-swinging corner delivery on the near post, but he drives it way, way over. Juve back in possesion from the goal kick.
35' Griezmann shoots! ... and it's out for a corner.
34' Juve passing and moving amid the sounds of deafening whistles, until eventually Dybala has a pop from distance. But Oblak dives low to keep it out.
31' Ronaldo chests it down on the left and tries to beat Giminez. But the Atletico defender blocks the Portuguese's run and wins a free kick for his troubles.
28' Costa taken down just outside the box by De Sciglio. Griezmann takes the free kick, strikes it well and it needs a fine save by Szczesny to keep it out of the top left corner.
23' Ronaldo plays it wide to Alex Sandro on the left, who puts in an early cross. Mandzukic gets a head to it but drives it over the bar. A goal could come at either end here, both sides looking dangerous in attack. An evenly matched affair as expected so far.
21' Atlético putting a lot pressure on in the Juve third, passing it around, looking for a gap. Eventually they find one, but Koke's cheeky back-heel in the box towards Griezmann is poor and Juve have a chance to clear the danger.
16' Godin cuts out a long pass towards Ronaldo, luckily for the hosts as the Portuguese was all on his own on the right with only the keeper between him and goal had he been released.
15' Thomas latches onto an unconvincing cross clearence by Bonucci and strikes it first time from 25 yards out! It's low, hard and bound for the left corner but Szczesny saves. Great effort from the Ghanaian.
13' Another set piece, this time from Atletico, is put into the box by Godin,m but cleared out for a corner, from which Atlético do nothing. It has been an eventful opening here!
12' Pjanic delivers the corner and finds the head of Bonucci!.... but it's just over the bar. Atlético can breathe again.
11' Ronaldo shoots from distance again! And again it's a corner.
10' Diego Costa is furious after he was bundled over by Matuidi as Atléti tried to counter following the Juve corner.
9' Ronaldo hits an absolute rocket!! Oblak does well to keep it out. Juve do nothing with the resultant corner.
6' Ronaldo is fouled and now Juve have a decent chance to do something with a free kick around 35 yards out.
5' Greizmann, at pace, does well to beat two men and then tries to place the ball into the path of Diego Costa but he's overcooked the pass. Bright start fro,m Atlético.
5' Deafening whistles for Juve when they're in possession. particularly for one man.
4' Thomas takes the corner but the delivery is very poor, and it's out for a goal kick for the visitors.
3' Early pressure from Atlético and they have a corner for their efforts.
1' And an early scuffle! Matuidi comes in extremely late on Griezmann after he got his shot off. Costa was not too happy about that.
1' Griezmann with the first early effort from a Felipe Luis throw-in, but he volleys it way over.
1' Juve, in black, get the game underway!
Captains Diego Godín and Giorgio Chiellini lead their respective sides onto the pitch as they line up for the Champions League anthem.
Electric atmosphere in the Wanda as the teams line up in the tunnel and prepare to make their entrance.
Ronaldo's record against Atlético in a Madrid shirt: P29 W15 D8 L8 - goals: 22 - assists: 8 - yellow cards: 1 - red cards: 1
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Madrid for a football game for the first time since leaving Real last summer. I wonder if he had a chance to pop into old Bar Miranda, his favourite bar where he would mingle with the locals when he lived in Madrid. AS caught up with owner Fernando Miranda for a chat about the Portuguese, and you can read it here.
Both of these clubs know all about Champions League final heartbreak in recent years: between them they have been in four of the last five finals, appearing in two each: Atlético in 2014 and 2016; Juve in 2015 and 2017.
Juve making their way to the dressing room a little earlier...
More Opta Stats Juve will not want to hear: "Atlético Madrid are unbeaten in the CL against Italian opposition under manager Diego Simeone (W4 D2) and they have only conceded one goal, by Kaká in a 4-1 win against AC Milan in March 2014" (@OptaJose)
Opta Stats: "Atlético are unbeaten in their last 12 home games in the ChampionsLeague knockout stages (W7 D5). And they’ve only conceded one goal in their last 10 matches at home in the knockout phase, an Isco strike for Real Madrid in May 2017" ((@OptaJose)
Juve and ex-Real Madrid player Sami Khedira misses this one out after he underwent a successful heart procedure today. You can read more about that here.
Spanish TV pundit has just said the game "smells of a 0-0". Let's hope he's wrong. Three nil-nils out of 4 last-16 ties in one week is surely unprecedented.
And here Allegri's teamsheet: Szczesny, Chiellini, Bonucci, Alex Sandro, De Scigilio, Pjanic, Matuidi, Betancur, Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala
Diego Simeone has named his startin XI, which includes Diego Costa: Oblak, Felipe Luis, Godin, Gimenez, Juanfran, Saul, Rodrigo, Thomas, Koke, Costa, Griezmann
In yersteday's press conference, Juve coach Alllegri said he is well aware having Cristiano Ronaldo gives his team an advantage in the Champions League, but he warned they are not obliged to win it simply because the Portugal great plays for them. You can read the rest here.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of this potentially mouth-watering fixture between Atlético Madrid and Juventus. Let's all hope there'll be a few more goals than last night. Just the one goal would be one more than the total scored in yesterday's fixtures, both of which ended a drab 0-0.
Atlético Madrid vs Juventus: preview
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Spanish capital with Juventus to face old rivals Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.
And Atlético boss Diego Simeone knows all about what the Juventus danger man is capable of from his days at Real Madrid, with whom he scored 15 goals in 31 games against Los Rojiblancos. The Portuguese will no doubt be hungry to get a vital away goal for Juventus to silence the home crowd, who will be sure to give him an icy reception in his first game in Madrid since he left Los Blancos last summer.
But in the pre-match press conference, Simeone did not want to focus on Ronaldo’s capabilities, but rather on the damage his men can inflict on the Serie A Champions.
"He made a decision to change and has picked a big challenge in going to Juventus. But we're thinking instead about Griezmann, Morata, Costa, Koke, Saul,” said the Argentine coach, who also believes both teams are evenly matched and have a 50-50 chance of coming through.
After a foot operation that had kept him side-lined since early December, striker Diego Costa returned to action for Atléti against Rayo Vallecano in LaLiga last weekend. The Spaniard came on to play 30 minutes of the 1-0 win in Vallecas and AS has learned that Simeone plans to start him up front against Juventus, alongside Koke and Griezmann, meaning there would be no place in the starting line-up for new signing Alvaro Morata.
Atlético have reached this stage of the competition after having come through Group A with four wins and one loss, which put them second on goal difference with Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus also suffered just one defeat in the group stages, finishing top of Group H, but are yet to be beaten in Serie A after an astonishing 24 games. They remain the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues and, with Ronaldo leading from the front, are one of the favourites to win this year’s edition of Europe’s premier competition.
Alongside Ronaldo up front, Juve coach Massimiliano Alllegri will be expected to name Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, who will look to create problems for Atlético’s likely central defensive pairing of captain Diego Godín and José Giménez.
Giménez is expected to fill in for France's Lucas Hernandez, who misses out with a knee injury. But aside from the French centre back, Simeone will be able to pick a full strength side with the expected return of Koke and Diego Costa.
Meanwhile, Allegri will be without Juan Cuadrado, who is still recovering from a knee operation, and Sami Khedira, who underwent a successful heart procedure this Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat and will be out for the next month.