Joao Félix sparkles as Atleti beat Juventus in Stockholm
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Joao Félix stole the show in Stockholm and gave further evidence that Atlético's outlay on the Portuguese teenager might just be the buy of the summer as he bagged both goals in a 2-1 victory over Juventus in the final match of the 2019 International Champions Cup, which also confirmed Diego Simeone's side ended the tournament second behind winners Benfica, from where Félix was acquired.
Only the first half really counted on Saturday as both sides changed practically their entire starting XIs during the course of the second but Atlético showed enough signs that a massive summer overhaul could pay dividends in LaLiga and Europe this season, even if the back four remains a work in progress.
And that's the whistle! 2-1 to Atlético it ends. The first half showed the promise Diego Simeone's new-look side before the inevitable second-half shambles after 20-odd changes.
And still we rumble on... Riquelme tries his luck from a very long way out but it isn't going to bother Buffon from there and flies well wide.
The 90 is up, two minutes added.
Diego Costa is off, about 15 minutes after coming on, quite why were not sure. Well, it's Diego Costa innit. He really is a law unto himself. Ivan Saponjic the lucky lad to come on for the last few seconds.
Dybala, who has been very lively since coming on, links up with Bernardeschi but the return ball is just a little too heavy and Manu ushers it over the line with the Argentinean for company.
Another Juve corner, Bentancur over it, Felipe clears at the near post. Is there such a thing as a corner coach? We seem to recall someone employed a throw-in coach at one point. Juve could do with looking into that...
Pinball! It's all over the place as Dybala tries to chip Oblak, the Slovenian gets a hand to it and boots fly everywhere... it's stopped right on the goal line in the end with Mandzukic jabbing at it.
Correa is not so lucky and goes in the book for a crunching challenge.
It ain't an Atleti game until Diego Costa gets into a spot of handbags and his dance partner this time is Demiral, who takes umbrage at the Brazilian's attentions. The ref wisely just tells them to cool it and after a bit of pushing and shoving they wander off muttering darkly.
Correa! The player who is very much in the shop window here nicks the ball in midfield and charges all the way to Juve's goal, only to be thwarted at the last by a combination of Buffon and Bonucci.
Oblak makes a save from Dybala but there was a clear handball there and the Juve bench are up in arms.
Sarri, chewing on a fag end due to the ban on smoking in Swedish stadiums, waves the imaginary card as Bernardeschi is hauled back in full flight by Manu.
What a horrible mistake from Mario Hermoso, who plays the ball straight to a Juve player. It finds its way to Dybala, who tests Oblak (he's still on, we thought he'd gone off for Adán...) with a stinging drive.
Riquelme! That would have been one for the scrapbook as the youngster unleashes a shot from 30 yards that has Buffon beaten but flashes just wide on the far side.
Danilo also gets a run-out after his move to Juve from Manchester City.
The change that the Juve fans didn't want to see but was inevitable... Ronaldo makes way for Mario Mandzukic.
Riquelme (we're pretty sure he's no relation...) looks like a tidy little player. He's had a couple of touches and oozes class and confidence at the tender age of 19.
Vitolo's first involvement in the game is to find his way into the ref's book for a clumsy foul on Dybala.
Simeone is preparing to give some of the academy players a taste of the big time with Manu and Rodrigo Riquelme coming on, along with Vitolo. Lemar is off, as is Oblak, and as is often the case with these friendlies, there are none of the initial Atleti XI now on the pitch. If the ICC is worried about waning interest, they might want to have a little think about their policy on changes.
Costa plucks a ball from the air and hits a shot on the coin but it's too much for the Brazilian to turn and add power and the effort plops over the byline.
Saúl finds Lodi with a glorious ball and the Brazilian shows his pace to get on the end of it and win a throw. He could be a very good signing for Atleti, arriving for not very much cash from Athletico Paranaense.
Diego Costa also enters the fray for Morata.
There are plenty more too... Higuaín goes off for Dybala. Cuadrado is on, as is Bentancur and Matuidi.
And a huge cheer goes up as Gianluigi Buffon comes on for Juve!
Rabiot! What an effort! The Frenchman leathers a left-footer from distance and it hammers Oblak's upright.
A raft of Atleti subs... Herrera comes on, as does Felipe and Santiago Arias.
Corner for Atleti... we think that's the first for Simeone's side. Trippier shows Juve how it's done and drops it onto the penalty spot, Juve clear and a speculative effort from distance whistles well wide.
Costa cuts inside again from the left - a ruse that Atleti should be getting wise to by now - but his curled effort is a good few feet wide of the far post.
Félix dances into the area and it takes three Juve defenders to hustle him off the ball. Juve look to break but Higuaín is clattered from behind by Giménez.
Close! Costa feeds Higuaín and he hits a first time shot on the turn just wide of Oblak's far post!
Post! Costa again wriggles clear of the attentions of Atleti's back four and his deflected shot whacks the bottom of Oblak's near stick!
And we're back underway!
Thomas preparing to come on for Atleti... and it's Marcos Llorente who makes way
Of course, when Diego Costa returns for Atleti (he's still banned for the opening few games) it remains to be seen where Félix will be deployed, but even behind the front two he'll get plenty of service.
Félix meanwhile is priced anywhere up to 40/1 to win the Pichichi trophy. The last non-Real Madrid or Barça recipient of that award was Diego Forlán, back in 2008-09, while he was at Atlético.
You can still get 15/1 in some places on Atleti winning LaLiga this season.
Plenty for Sarri to ponder at the break. Juve are leaving a lot of space in behind and have been far from accurate when presented with a chance to test Oblak. And then there are those corners...
And that's the half! Not a second of added time, it's been good clean fun all the way in the opening 45.
Costa again! The winger delivers a fizzing ball that Ronaldo can't quite get a boot on. He's been Juve's best player in this opening half.
Yeah, rest of the footballing world? Unlucky!
At the other end, Ronaldo has a sniff but his shot takes a clip and flies out for a corner. Again, Juve fail to generate any danger with it.
Trippier's delivery is dealt with easily enough but on the follow-up Koke clips the ball to Giménez with the outside of his boot but the Uruguayan can't guide his header on target.
The ref has his first stern word to dish out as De Sciglio scythes Morata down from behind. Atleti free kick about 35 yards out on the left.
Higuaín! The Argentinean hits one on the turn that whistles past Oblak's bar! He's certainly looking in much better shape and sharper form that he was last season, El Pipita.
Ronaldo leaps in the area and does well to knock the ball downwards and backwards but it's cleared from the boot of the lurking Higuaín.
Costa, who seems to have a booster pack in his boots today, is penalised as he charges into the area for a foul on the backtracking Llorente.
It's early doors of course but Félix really could be the steal of the century, when you consider what Barça paid for Coutinho and the fact that Harry Maguire is worth almost a million spondoolies.
Goooooooooooooool! Félix again! The Portuguese runs through and clips the ball past Szczesny after a glorious ball over the top from Lemar! This boy is the real deal folks.
A slight lull after all that excitement as Atleti look to take the sting out of the Juve tail.
And it's Costa again as he wriggles through the Atleti defence and squeezes off a shot! Deflected wide. Corner. It falls to Ronaldo and his shot is blocked. Juve with the bit between their teeth now!
Gooooooooooooooool! Khedira! The Juve midfielder latches onto a loose ball on the edge of the area and hammers it low and true past Oblak! Juve back on level terms. Douglas Costa again instrumental in the build-up there.
126 million euros is a big stack of cash but Félix is already looking worth every cent. Antoine who?
And it's Félix again as he charges down the length of the pitch with Juve wide open! He lays it off to Morata, whose low shot is cut out by Chiellini.
Goooooooooooooool! Félix! The Portuguese hits a volley from Koke's cross straight past the helpless Szczesny! A fine effort from the youngster. 1-0 to Atlético!
So close! Atleti should have opened the scoring there as Juve's back line disentegrated. It was Koke with the eventual shot, that was cleared in extremis. First decent chance for Simeone's side.
Pjanic on the streets of Stockholm as the Juve midfielder hits a low shot that takes two deflections on its way out for another Juve corner. Which does not clear the first man. That issue will be underlined in Sarri's notebook by now.
And it's yet another corner as Higuaín sends a searching cross field ball towards Ronaldo that Savic does well to cut out. Again, the corner is straight into the waiting paws of Oblak, who seems to have some sort of sixth sense as to where Juve are going to send them today.
Juve have not been profiting from the flag though and again the delivery is poor and easily dealt with by Oblak.
Douglas Costa, who has been on fire in the opening 15, skips past a couple of challenges and finds Ronaldo on the edge of the area. The Portguese hits a left footer and Juve have a fifth corner as it takes a deflection.
Juve looking the more dangerous of the two sides now as Sarri's side sling another cross in that is hacked clear by the Atleti defence.
Félix gets a touch out on the right but is swiftly dispossessed. He's finding it hard to get a foothold out there and may try to gradually drift inside to link up with Morata as the half progresses.
Oblak! What a save! The Slovenian gets a single hand to Cheillini's goal-bound shot and it pings over the bar for another corner.
Juve corner now...
Koke tries to sneak Morata in but Chiellini is too wily for any of that and cuts it out with that expert eye of his. Ronaldo turns on the trickery in midfield to escape the clutches of two opponents, to the delight of the crowd.
Rabiot gets a taste of the action and starts an upfield run but changes his mind when Koke gets in his way and plays it back. Fairly cautious start from Sarri's side.
Trippier nicks the ball off Ronaldo's head and Juve have a corner. It's slung in but out again on the far side.
A long but ultimately fruitless period of possession for Atleti ends as Giménez hoists it upfield to nobody in particular. Simeone's side pressing really hard in the opening exchanges as you'd expect.
A half-hearted penalty shout for Atleti as Koke and Chiellini get into a tussle but the ref simply smiles and waves it away. Nothing in it really.
We promise we'll keep the CCR puns to a minimum but Lodi gets stuck on the left and plays it back out of town, walking out as he goes.
A huge roar goes up as Ronaldo gets his first taste of the ball. Can Atleti prevent "the curse" from striking again today?
This will be a stern test for Simeone's new-look Atlético but also for Maurizio Sarri as he fine tunes his side ahead of their Serie A title defence.
And we're off! Atleti get the ball rolling...
Ok, the teams are out and we're about to get underway. Koke and Chiellini, the captains, exchange pleasantries in the centre circle and kick-off is imminent.
Juve's official squad list. No sign of a starting XI yet but it's safe to assume Adrien Rabiot will get a chance to stake a claim at some point after joining on a free from PSG.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 25 goals in 33 games against Atletico Madrid, including four hat-tricks, the most recent of which eliminated Simeone's side from last season's Champions League.
The Atlético starlet may be handed a central role against Juventus with Diego Costa not expected to start in Stockholm.
Félix, of course, inherited rather a special shirt when he arrived, one that was previously worn by Antoine Griezmann and the fact that Ronaldo also sports the seven on his back will provide a bit of extra motivation for the youngster today.
There'll also be a run-out for Juve new boy Matthijs de Ligt, who joined the Italian champions from Ajax for a fee of €75million this summer, with Atlético also having some fresh faces in the form of Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Felipe and Renan Lodi with Diego Simeone pretty much having to replace his own entire back line this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to get a trot out this afternoon with his young protégé - some say his natural heir - João Félix lining up for Atlético. The 126-million-euro summer arrival scored 15 times for Benfica last season and provided seven assists, and he'll be out to prove a point with his idol and national captain on the opposing side.
Atlético Madrid take on Juventus in the final game of the International Champions Cup at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on 10 August, where all eyes will be on two Portuguese international and a teenaged Dutchman.