Atletico Madrid 2 Juventus 0: Advantage Atleti after late double

Atletico Madrid will take a 2-0 advantage to Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin celebrates scoring his team's second goal.   -  Reuters

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin struck late to earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory in an entertaining first leg of its Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus.

Gimenez picked up the pieces at a 78th-minute corner to drill home the opener, before Diego Godin's strike five minutes later deflected in off former Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Alvaro Morata had earlier been denied a goal against his old club by VAR, while Juve's best chance saw a Ronaldo free-kick tipped over by Jan Oblak in the first 10 minutes.

The Serie A champion looked on course to take a goalless draw back to Turin until Atleti, which will have Diego Costa and Thomas Partey suspended for the return trip, snared the victory.

Ronaldo drew an impressive save from Oblak with a 30-yard free-kick in the seventh minute, but only after Costa had ruled himself out of the second leg by encroaching at the set-piece. Leonardo Bonucci headed over a glorious opportunity from a corner before a low Partey drive gave Wojciech Szczesny his first assignment of the evening.

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Atleti was awarded a penalty for a challenge on Costa after 27 minutes but the decision was changed to a free-kick outside the box on review. In truth, the striker was fortunate to avoid a second booking for diving after going down under the softest of touches from Mattia De Sciglio on his shoulder.

Juanfran was lucky to escape punishment when his studs raked the ankle of Ronaldo. The former Real forward found sympathy in short supply but appeared to remind Atleti fans of his five Champions League titles by raising five fingers soon after.

A disappointing evening for Costa continued when he side-footed well wide after being sent through on goal, before Szczesny pulled off a sensational save to tip a Griezmann lob onto the crossbar.

Costa was replaced by Morata before the hour mark and the ex-Juve striker looked to have put Atleti in front with a header until he was found, via VAR, to have pushed Giorgio Chiellini in the build-up.

But Atleti's goal heroes came from its defensive line, with Gimenez netting his second of the campaign before Godin scored his first Champions League strike since October 2014 to leave Juve - denied a response when Oblak blocked a fierce Federico Bernardeschi drive - with work to do on home soil next month.

Jose Gimenez picked up the pieces at a 78th-minute corner to drill home the opener for Atletico Madrid.   -  AP

What does it mean? Advantage Atleti

Juve were favourites for this tie when the draw was made but if they are to progress any further in this tournament, they are going to have to work hard for it. Atleti knew they had to make home advantage count to compete over the two legs and they showed great spirit to keep going and snatch the win late on.

A win made in Uruguay

These two sides looked like cancelling each other out until Atleti's centre-backs decided to get involved at the other end of the pitch. Gimenez and Godin are the first two Uruguayans to score in the same Champions League match in the history of the competition.

Costa treads a fine line

Fiery encounters can often bring out the worst in Costa and Wednesday was no different. A cheap yellow card for stepping out of the wall could justifiably have been followed by a second booking for making the most of a small touch on the shoulder from De Sciglio.

Key Opta Facts:

- The last five times Juventus has lost a Champions League first-leg tie of a knockout stage in European competitions, it has been eliminated.
- Juventus has lost two consecutive games in a single Champions League campaign for the first time since October 2014 (v Atletico Madrid and Olympiacos).
- Juventus has failed to score in a Champions League last-16 game for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign (0-1 v Chelsea).
- Atletico Madrid is the only side Juventus has faced at least three times against without finding the net.
- Each of Juventus' last four Champions League defeats with a two-plus goals margin was against Spanish opponents.
- Leonardo Bonucci played the 500th game of his club career.

What's next?

Atleti is at home to Villarreal in LaLiga on Sunday, while Juve visits Bologna. The return leg is scheduled for March 12.