The late goals of center-backs Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin allowed Atletico Madrid to beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League match against Wanda Metropolitano in the middle of the UEFA Champions League. An even more lively controversy regarding video assistant referee.
The meeting drew the losers in four of the last five finals, known for their defensive solidity. It was the first time in the history of the tournament that the VAR was used and, as was the case in last week's matches, the new technology has weighed heavily on this clash.
While the match was apparently heading for a 0-0 draw, Gimenez re-entered after 12 minutes to give Atletico the lead before Godin put the hosts in the lead five minutes later.
The Atletico Costa striker set the tone for the evening within eight minutes, while he was booked for refusing to retire from a Juve free kick. Yellow was expensive because he was eliminated from the second leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was nearly 30 meters from the goal, was trying the free kick that led to the goalkeeper, goalkeeper Jan Oblak making a perfect stop to tilt the effort.
Atletico thought he had a penalty in the 28th minute when Mattia Di Sciglio mixed with Diego Costa at the edge of the box. The referee indicated the location before consulting the dealer and changing his decision in a free kick just outside the area.
Antoine Griezmann's efforts forced goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to make a save.
Costa should have opened the score to 49 minutes when Griezmann jumped on a slack Giorgio Chiellini's head allowed the former Chelsea to move backstage with a perfect pass. However, Costa managed to deceive Szczesny, who plunged in the wrong direction.
Moments later, Szczesny made a superb save from a Griezmann lob before Chiellini cleared a corner to allow Costa to enter a corner after the rebound. This was Costa's last act in the match since he was replaced by Alvaro Morata, former Juventus man.
One of the game's main topics of discussion came after 71 minutes when Morata found herself behind Chiellini ahead of Sczcesny – the only way for the referee to reverse the decision after consulting VAR.
But just seven minutes later, Gimenez scored after Juventus failed to clear the lines after a corner, as visitors asked for a VAR check as a result of Leonardo Bonucci's alleged foul.
And Godin further strengthened Atletico after the Serie A leaders failed to score a free kick and the veteran defender returned the ball home via a Ronaldo deflection.