Allegri backs Ronaldo star after Atleti loss

Cristiano Ronaldo had a "good game" for Juventus against Atletico Madrid, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Godin's goal deflected in off Cristiano Ronaldo in the 83rd minute.   -  Getty Images

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward's subdued display in a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin gave Atletico a deserved win in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Ronaldo had just one shot on target – of Juve's three – and Godin's goal deflected in off him in the 83rd minute.

But Allegri backed the 34-year-old's performance and said the clash would be beneficial heading into the second leg in Turin on March 12.

"Ronaldo played a good game. He is confident with these kinds of matches," he told a news conference.

"He was not bad at all. We missed all the second half as a team. And this match will be useful looking forward to the second leg."

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