Check out Ronaldo’s reaction after Juventus’ defeat to Atletico on his “unfruitful” Madrid return
Atletico Madrid’s incredible home form in Champions League knockout rounds continued despite their game against Juventus being the first at the Wanda Metropolitano as they secured a vital 2-0 win in their last 16 first leg. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Diego Simeone was unbeaten in 11 home knockout games with the Rojiblancos, a run which has seen his side dispatch of AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea in the process. It was always likely to be a game full of fouls and misdemeanours and Diego Costa, just eight minutes his return from a long-term injury, picked up a yellow card that rules him out of the return leg in Turin. With Cristiano Ronaldo set to hit a freekick, the forward charged out of the wall and saw yellow. The tactical chess match predicted beforehand proved to be exactly that and the game’s first chance was all the result of work from the Portuguese. Ronaldo tried an ambitious effort that ended up going behind for a corner, from which Leonardo Bonucci had a free header that he should have done better with.
Juve were at sixes and sevens at the beginning of the second half and Costa should have put the hosts ahead and had he more minutes under his belt he likely would have. Antoine Griezmann pounced on a Giorgio Chiellini error and set him through. The Brazil-born Spain forward got clear of Bonucci, holding him off, but completely sliced his strike as he approached Wojciech Szczesny when he would have expected to find the net. Atleti had another chance moments later and this time they had Szczesny to thank. Griezmann found space to get on the end of a bouncing ball. He looked to have executed an excellent lob over the Pole but the Juventus No.1 just got a finger on the ball to tip it onto the crossbar before Chiellini cleared.
A familiar face looked to have broken the deadlock against Juventus as Alvaro Morata thought he had given Atletico a lead with an excellent header, only for VAR to intervene and referee Felix Zwayer to overturn his decision to award the goal upon second viewing. Morata did play a part in the La Liga side going ahead shortly after though. A corner was met by the ex-Juventus forward, who climbed higher than anyone to aim a low header at goal. Mario Mandzukic stuck out a leg and blocked the effort, but it fell for Jose Gimenez who was able to convert despite being in a crowded box with bodies all around him. Mandzukic then inadvertently assist a second goal for his former club, this time teeing up Gimenez’s central defensive partner Diego Godin. Again sticking out a leg, the Croatian put the ball back into the path of the Atleti captain, who took advantage of Szczesny alreay having gone to ground by firing in from an angle.
After Juventus succumbed to a 2-0 first leg defeat to Atletico Madrid in their Champions League Round of 16 clash, Cristiano Ronaldo left the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano a little disgruntled and also left a controversial reaction on his famous return to Madrid after leaving the city in the summer. During the game the Juventus forward was taunted by a section of the Atleti fans, and responded by showing five fingers to signify the number of Champions League titles he has.
Then in the mixed zone as he left the stadium he reiterated the point while also making a gesture of one hand open – five – before making a zero: “I have five Champions Leagues, and Atletico have none.”
When also pressed on the likelihood of Atletico Madrid making it to the quarter-final, Ronaldo was elusive, “We will see in the second leg,” he stated.
Do you think Ronaldo’s reaction after the game is uncalled for or Atleti fans deserves it?
EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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