Atletico Madrid 2-2 Juventus: Hector Herrera scores 90th-minute header as Maurizio Sarri’s men spurn two-goal lead in Champions League Group D opener
- Joao Felix had a shot tipped round the post by Wojciech Szczesny after dribbling from the halfway line
- Juan Cuadrado opened the scoring with stunning strike into top corner which left Jan Oblak motionless
- Blaise Matuidi doubled Juventus’ lead with a header from close range; latching onto Alex Sandro’s cross
- Stefan Savic pulled a goal back for Atletico on 70 mintes with a header from a well-worked set-piece
- Hector Herrera netted a powerful header from an outswinging corner in the final minute of normal time
Atletico Madrid substitute Hector Herrera grabbed a late equaliser as his side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Juventus in Champions League Group D at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The midfielder headed in from a corner to earn his side a deserved point against Juventus after Atletico had kept the visitors pinned in their own half for the majority of the first half.
But two minutes after the break Juventus took the lead when Juan Cuadrado fired home and they extended their advantage with 25 minutes to go courtesy of a Blaise Matuidi header.
Hector Herrera celebrates after his 90th-minute equaliser earns Atletico Madrid a Champions League draw with Juventus
Former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier celebrates after his corner was headed in by Herrera
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Lodi dos Santos (Machin Perez 76), Koke, Partey (Herrera 76), Saúl, Lemar (Correa 60), Sequeira, Diego Costa
Subs not used: Adán, Arias, Llorente, Felipe,
Bookings: Diego Costa
Goals: Savic (70), Herrera (90)
Juventus: Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, de Ligt, Lobo Silva, Khedira (Bentancur 69), Pjanic (Ramsey 87), Matuidi, Cuadrado, Higuaín (Dybala 80), Ronaldo
Subs not used: Rabiot, Demiral, Bernardeschi, Buffon
Bookings: Matuidi, Cuadrado
Goals: Cuadrado (48), Matuidi (65)
Referee: Danny Makkelie
The Atletico fightback gained momentum five minutes later when Stefan Savic headed home and Herrera’s late intervention ensured the points were shared.
Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny was called into action after 10 minutes when he saved from Joao Felix before defender Jose Giminez headed narrowly over as the home side started well.
Gimenez forced Szczesny into another save with a downward header after 20 minutes as Juventus continued to soak up pressure.
Cristiano Ronaldo fashioned Juventus’ first chance shortly after but Jan Oblak was equal to his powerful long-range effort.
Juventus had a scare when Leonardo Bonucci, the only Italian in the side for the first time in the club’s history, headed the ball clear out of the hands of Szczesny.
Miralem Pjanic went close 10 minutes before half-time when his shot from distance was deflected out for a corner.
Blaise Matuidi celebrates in bizarre fashion after heading Juventus into a two-goal lead at Wanda Metropolitano
The French midfielder heads in off helpless Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak from four yards
Ronaldo then headed at goal as Juventus came more into the game but it was an easy catch for Oblak.
Cuadrado broke the deadlock in the early stages of the second half with a fine finish.
Bonucci won the ball and fed Gonzalo Higuain who crossed to Cuadrado and he curled the ball into the back of the net with 47 minutes gone.
Cuadrado then turned provider as Juventus tried to add to their lead but when he found Danilo his shot was smothered by Oblak.
Stefan Savic scores a brave header to pull Atletico back into contention in the Champions League group stage match
Just before the hour, Atletico had their best chance of the game following a fine passing move but Gimenez fired over the bar.
Juventus grabbed their second goal with 25 minutes remaining when Matuidi finished off a fine move with a powerful header as he met a cross from Alex Sandro.
But the home side hit back five minutes later as Savic got in between the Juventus defence to head his side’s first of the night.
Juan Cuadrado celebrates after a stunning strike just two minutes after the half-time interval which hit the top corner
Oblak kept his side in the game with a fine save from Higuain after 73 minutes and then Kieran Trippier cleared the follow-up from Matuidi off the line.
Szczesny then pulled off a fingertip save to keep out a shot by Vitolo and Diego Costa was then booked for remonstrating with the referee who had ignored his claims for a penalty when the ball hit Bonucci on the arm.
Herrera grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the dying moments as he rose to meet a Trippier corner to head his side level.
Ronaldo tried to hit a late winner but after working an opportunity on the edge of the area he shot narrowly wide of the far post.
Cristiano Ronaldo has his head in his hands after missing an opportunity to score Juventus’ third goal in Madrid