International Champions Cup 2019, Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Match: Two goals from Joao Felix help Atletico Madrid secure a thrilling 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday in the final International Champions Cup match for both the sides. All three goals came in the first half of the match. Sami Khedira scored the solitary goal for the Bianconeri.
This match was part of the pre-season preparations for the two sides as they gear up for their respective league challenges. While the La Liga season begins on August 16, the Serie A starts a week after that. The last time the two sides met was in UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in March, when the Italian champions knocked Diego Simeone’s side Atletico out of the competition with a 3-2 aggregate win.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus International Champions Cup
FULL TIME: JUV 1-2 ATM
The referee blows the whistle for the last time and Joao Felix's brace help Atletico earn a 2-1 victory over Juventus. Diego Simeone will be happy with the results and will look to carry forward the momentum when they kick-off their La Liga campaign against Getafe.
Oblak survives a goalmouth scramble
Cuadrado earns a freekick in a dangerous position. Juventus take a short free-kick and after a couple of interception, Dybala gets the ball inside the box. The Argentine takes a touch before striking the ball. His shot is deflected by the defender and with plenty of bodies inside the box, Oblak fails to gather the ball cleanly. However, the Atletico goalkeeper recovers after a dangerous goalmouth scramble.
Juventus look for comeback
With less than 10 minutes to go and Juventus are still trailing by one goal. Can the Bianconeri find the net and level things up?
Another Atleti counter attack almost catches Juventus cold again. Correa delivers the cross but Diego Costa cannot make any contact with it. A poor effort from him. Went for the overhead kick, could have tried other options perhaps.
Buffon comes on
Huge roars around the ground as the 41-year-old Buffon comes on in goal. A flurry of changes by Sarri as well. Dybala among those coming on. Wholesale changes from both teams.
Rabiot hits the post
Six changes for Atletico
56' - Simeone makes six changes to his XI at once. Correa and Diego Costa among those coming on.
Costa shoots wide
10 minutes into the second half now. It's been a slightly slower start to the second half than the frantic beginning we saw in the first period. Douglas Costa and Joao Felix have looked like the most incisive players from either side. Costa has been probing in this half as well, but his last shot was a bit of a wild effort.
Higuain with a chance
So close to 2-2! But no. Higuain pulls his shot just wide off the far post. A great passage of play leading to that shot. That's the brightest spark shown by Higuain in the match so far.
Douglas Costa hits the post
Juventus make their intent known early on in the second half. Powerful shot takes a deflection off a defender and slams against the woodwork. Joao Felix makes a solo run at the other end, but can only give away the ball at the end of it.
Bonucci replaces Chiellini
Juventus have a change of leadership in the second half. Bonucci comes on and he sports the captain's armband. We're almost ready for the second half to start at the Friends Arena.
Half time whistle blows. Atletico lead Juventus 2-1 at half time.
De Ligt beaten by Joao Felix
As can be seen from replays of the second goal, it was De Ligt who was to blame for the second goal. Joao Felix left him for dead on way to making contact with Lemar's cross. The Felix vs De Ligt battle is an interesting sub-plot in this match. Two youngsters who have just moved to their respective clubs. Two lads with supposedly extremely bright futures. We're nearing the half-time interval now, and it looks like this will remain Joao Felix's half. His effort will be hard to top in these few minutes that remain.
Atleti continue being stretched
Atletico defenders are still looking like they are having to run harder. Still Juventus looking the more creative side, the more threatening side. But it's Joao Felix who stands between the two teams now. Has got two shots and two goals so far. Douglas Costa, Pjanic, Ronaldo and Rabiot are coming up with some beatiful moves in the Juventus midfield, but they are unable to find the clinical touches that Felix has had today.
33' - Dream of a goal from Joao Felix! That is worth every penny spent on him. 2-1 to Atletico! Second goal for the youngster. Two shots, two goals. No questions asked.
Joao Felix converts a killer cross with a curling shot inside the left post! What a perfect finish Atletico Madrid vs Juventus 2-1 pic.twitter.com/C9cVW1SCns— DONSPORTS (@donsports1) August 10, 2019
8 corners and 9 shots for Juventus in the first half. Atletico have 4 shots on goal so far and 0 corners. Clearly it has been Juventus who have been the superior side, but it won't matter much if they cannot capitalize on these.
Goal for Juve! 1-1!
Sami Khedira scores! That's a rather soft goal. Khedira just swung his foot and the ball rolled beneath a crowd of legs. Oblak did not move. Was probably unsighted. The ball goes under a defender's legs and then somehow through Douglas Costa's legs and rolls into the bottom right corner. 1-1 the score with 30 minutes up in the match.
Another Atleti counter-attack
Another Atleti counter-attack threatens to catch Juve off guard. It was a 3 vs 3 battle for a while there. Morata could not get a good shot away though and Chiellini got the block. Seconds later, Ronaldo with a chance at the other end but that one is fluffed as well. End-to-end stuff this.
Goal for Atletico! Trippier's cross. Goal by Joao Felix. Great off-the-ball movement from the youngster. Pin-point finish. Atletico, who have been on the receiving end for the entire duration of this match, score first. 1-0 to Atletico!
First chance for Atleti
22' - First chance for Atleti and what a chance! Douglas Costa has to come up with a goalline clearance! Koke was the fastest to react after Juventus failed to deal with a loose ball in the box.
Juve pile the pressure on
Chiellini playing so much forward today that it seems Juve have an extra man in midfield today. Atleti defenders are chasing every ball and are doing so efficiently so far, but they're bound to break soon if Juventus can carry on this pressure. Pjanic with a low shot this time that gets Atletico hearts in their mouths. Again, corner to Juve! 21 players on the pitch are being frequently seen in the Atleti half right now.
Ronaldo gets a shot away
Savic denies Ronaldo a clear shot on goal. Another corner! Pjanic at the centre of that move. 16 minutes into this match and the shots are flying from all directions towards the Atleti goal.
Catch Costa if you can
Rabiot manages to find another opening but cannot get the cross to Higuain. Juventus are piling on the pressure. Oblak has hius task cut out today, it seems. Here's some nifty footwork from Costa:
What a save from Oblak. Chiellini, who turns 38 soon, gets his left foot to the corner sent in by Pjanic. It is to Oblak's left. Somehow, Oblak gets a touch to it. A great save in these early minutes of the match. Douglas Costa and Chiellini two bright sparks on the pitch at the moment for Juve.
Koke can't get past Chiellini
Koke can't get past the Juventus defender that time. And it is Ronaldo who tracks back to get a touch and wins a foul. Douglas Costa then makes a sparking run down the right flank but cannot get the shot away in time. Another corner for Juventus.
Douglas Costa almost finds Ronaldo
A roar goes up from the crowd as Douglas Costa almost finds Ronaldo on the left side of the box with a floated ball. ROnaldo hangs back and it's cleared away for a corner. Trippier the man who got the vital touch for Atletico.
De Ligt gets a start
Here's what Juventus's new import De Ligt has to say before the match. He gets a start today.
The final game of the 2019 International Champions Cup welcoming two big clubs of European football. Who will be the winner of the battle? The two sets of players are now warming up.
How Atletico are lining up
Kieron Trippier a new name in the Atletico starting XI.
👥 | LINE-UP@Simeone has picked the following starting XI to face @juventusfcen:— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 10, 2019
🛡 Trippier, Giménez, Savic, Lodi
⚙ Koke, Llorente, Saúl, Lemar
⚽ João Félix and Morata.#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #ICC2019
Hello and welcome
We are about 30 minutes from kick-off in this final Intercontinental Cup tie.