Atletico Madrid strike late to draw with Juventus

Atletico Madrid strike late to draw with Juventus


Hector Herrera headed home a late equaliser as Atletico Madrid drew 2-2 with Juventus in Champions League Group D at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night.

The match pitted Juve's Cristiano Ronaldo against his countryman and heir apparent for Portugal in Atleti's Joao Felix, with the latter forcing two saves from Wojciech Szczesny in the opening minutes.

Ronaldo tested Jan Oblak late in the first half, but otherwise chances were hard to come by and the teams went into half-time locked in a goalless draw.

However, the visitors would be in front minutes after the restart when Juan Cuadrado finished off a high-speed counter-attack with an unstoppable left-footed shot to the upper corner to make it 1-0.

Blaise Matuidi doubled Juventus' lead on 65 minutes, rising up to power home a header from Alex Sandro's cross, but Atleti hit right back when Stefan Savic beat his defender to the back post and nodded into an empty net to make it 2-1.

Juventus looked set to pick up all three points, but Herrera's acrobatic header from a corner drew Atleti level just before second-half stoppage time to steal a late point at home.

Juventus will next play Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in Turin on Oct. 1, while Atleti are away to Lokomotiv Moscow.

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