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Atletico Madrid beats Juventus and Ronaldo is halfway out of Champions League




Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the main man who would decide Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.

Juventus has been the frontrunner in Italy, they won seven successive league titles with an eighth league title almost inevitable by the end of the season.

But it is the Champions League crown they want, one should reflect that it is because of the Champions League they signed Ronaldo for a mouth-watering deal and then Ronaldo was supposed to be the most important player to deliver for Juventus in the Champions League.

When Juventus stretched it hands to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Champions League five times for Real Madrid and then chasing a sixth Champions League title, His dominance and experience were to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.

When he was playing for Real Madrid it was only Sevilla and Getafe that have conceded more goals from Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid, one could say he has always scored less when playing against Atletico Madrid.

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Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed huge success for 9 years with Real Madrid, he was unable to deliver against the former neighbour Atletico Madrid – Should Juventus then be worried?

For Atletico Madrid, a team that has experience dealing with Ronaldo’s irrepressible scoring record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet. We could say its a revenge on Ronaldo’s personality.

In the second half, Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin scored two goals which in turn secured the advantage for their manager Diego Simeone’s side.

The highly confident Diego Godin fires home his side’s to glory with a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo.

He scored a second five minutes later, his shot taking a slight deflection off Ronaldo on its way into the net.

After the defeat, Juventus boss Max Allegri has this to say about the match.

“We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.
“We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Madrid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.
“We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappointment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”

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