Cristiano Ronaldo goes agonisingly close to dramatic winner after Atleti come back from two goals down thanks to Herrera late leveller
Sept. 18, 2019
ATLETICO MADRID and Juventus fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw which suggests both have the quality to challenge for the Champions League this season.
Diego Simeone's new-look side came back from two goals down against the Italian champions in a pulsating match at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But Cristiano Ronaldo came within a whisker of stealing the glory against his old arch-rivals when his stoppage time shot flew centimetres wide of the bottom corner.
The two top-seeded sides in Group D battled it out in a game played with such tempo and quality that it deserved a better stage than merely the opening round of the group stages.
But there was enough on show to give both sides plenty of confidence going forward, and also send out a warning to the rest of Europe they are teams to fear this season.
Simeone has thrown off the shackles as a manager, sending out an Atletico team relentless in attack with full-backs bombing forward at every opportunity.
For a time in the first half, Juve were left chasing shadows as the Spaniards threw everything at them in an attempt to break the deadlock.
And the way Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt stood firm suggests they are going to be a tough side for anyone to crack this season.
Jaoa Felix and Diego Costa both went close to scoring in that first half, but after the break Juve bared their teeth with devastating effect.
Within two minutes of the restart, Gonzalo Higuain fed Juan Cuadrado out on the right, and the Colombian cut inside to unleash a dazzling left-footed effort into the top corner.
When Ronaldo and Alex Sandro combined to set up Blaise Matuidi to head home the second on 65 minutes, it looked as though Juve had got the job done.
But Atleti refused to lie down, and five minutes later Stefan Savic headed them back into contention.
Simeone's team poured forward looking for the leveller, with Kieran Trippier impressive all night as an attacking outlet.
And a minute from time it was Trippier who curled in the corner from the left which allowed Hector Herrera to climb highest and head home the equaliser.
The stage was set for Ronaldo to claim the glory after being jeered by the Madrid fans who remember painfully his impact at neighbours Real.
And deep in stoppage time the veteran produced a moment of magic to jink his way past three challenges and unleash a shot which had Jan Oblak beaten - only to fly a whisker the wrong side of the bottom corner.
WEDNESDAY'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS Group A Club Brugge 0 - 0 Galatasaray Paris Saint Germain 3 - 0 Real Madrid Group B Olympiakos 2 - 2 Tottenham Bayern Munich 3 - 0 Red Star Belgrade Group C Dinamo Zagreb 4 - 0 Atalanta Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 3 Man City Group D Atletico Madrid 2 - 2 Juventus Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 2 Lokomotiv Moscow