Arda Turan edges Atlético past Juventus

Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Arda Turan's 75th-minute goal secured a victory that revived Atlético's challenge and left all four Group A teams on three points.

Arda Turan told UEFA.com of his delight at Club Atlético de Madrid’s narrow 1-0 victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League

Arda Turan's second-half volley (75) settles a tight encounter
Atlético have now lost just one of their last 20 European home games
The defeat is Juve's first of the season, with a first goal conceded
All four Group A teams now have three points
Next matches: Atlético v Malmö, Olympiacos v Juventus (22 October)

A solitary goal from Arda Turan helped Club Atlético de Madrid bounce back from their matchday one loss and take three points against Juventus in UEFA Champions League Group A.

This was the first time the Spanish and Italian champions had met in a competitive fixture, but neither team were able to gain the upper hand in a quiet first half. Juventus dominated possession in the early exchanges, winning their physical battles and keeping the ball well without ever really troubling the Atlético back line.

Last season's runners-up began to come more into the game after 15 minutes had been played, and it was Atlético who created the better opportunities in an opening 45 minutes in which defences were largely on top.

After the Rojiblancos' captain for the night, Raúl García, had flashed a header wide, striker Mario Mandžukić forced Gianluigi Buffon into his only save of note in the first period after harrying Arturo Vidal out of possession on the edge of the box.

Defender Diego Godín nodded over the bar when well positioned from a Koke free-kick, while at the other end Paul Pogba sent a curling effort wide of Miguel Ángel Moyà's left-hand post.

The home side came out full of attacking intent at the restart, a change in mindset illustrated by Diego Simeone's decision to introduce Antoine Griezmann for UEFA Champions League debutant Saúl Ñíguez after 53 minutes.

A succession of corners followed, and they almost paid dividends as Atlético pushed on, yet a Juventus team who were still to concede this term – the Bianconeri having won their first six matches in all competitions – continued to hold firm. With the volume increasing inside the Vicente Calderón, Juve slowed the pace of the game, seeking to frustrate the home crowd, and proceedings once again became fractured.

The visitors might have snatched the lead, only Tiago's last-ditch block denying Carlos Tévez, and that was to prove pivotal moments later. Arda met Juanfran's cross at the back post to poke the ball past Buffon and inflict Juve's first reverse of the campaign, leaving Group A too tight to call after two rounds of matches.

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