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MATCH RECAP

Atleti suffer narrow defeat in Turin

Our team lost 1-0 at Juventus on Tuesday. Dybala made the difference through an extraordinary free-kick.

Atleti lost 1-0 against Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League. Dybala made the difference at the Allianz Stadium through a spectacular free-kick goal.

Our team created problems for the hosts in the opening minutes through crosses from Lodi and Trippier, who attacked down the flanks whenever possible. The lads showed personality and collected a few chances early on, as full-backs, wingers and midfielders made their way towards the box. Saúl was especially active, collecting two of our team’s best chances – one through a header that flew over the crossbar and another through a shot from inside the box that put Szczesny to the test – inside the first half hour. But despite our strong performance, Juventus took the lead in stoppage time through a fantastic Dybala free-kick. It was tough to take, but we had 15 minutes to regroup.

After the break, we showed personality once again and attacked the Italians in search for the equaliser. Simeone brought Joao Félix on for Vitolo early on, and the Portuguese had a couple of shots from outside the box within minutes of coming on. Correa and Lemar came on for Herrera and Lodi as the second half progressed. We continued collecting several chances, although the closest to score was Bernardeschi, who struck the post and almost doubled Juventus’ lead. Simeone’s men kept going, pressed high, and had a massive chance as Joao Félix set up Correa with a wonderful pass, but de Ligt arrived in the last second to deny the Argentine’s strike. Morata then had a header that flew wide of the post. And in the last minute, we had our biggest chance of the game as Correa set up the Spaniard, who was unable to connect with the ball right in front of goal. It wasn’t meant to be, though, and the match ended seconds later with our team suffering a narrow defeat in Turin.  

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