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Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

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62′ CHANCE! Atletico hit Juve on the counter. The ball eventually drops for Costa to strike, but it is a poor attempt that ends off target. The Spain striker may only have been on the field for five minutes or so but he should have been doing better.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

60′ Bentancur has 30 minutes to impress in place of Pjanic in central midfield.

F. Bernardeschi

Douglas Costa

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

60′ Just as Diego Costa enters the field, Douglas Costa makes way. Bernardeschi is on for the final half an hour.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

60′ Dybala, still a Juventus player despite intense speculation over his future, comes on for Higuain in attack.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

60′ Substitution Sami Khedira Blaise Matuidi

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

59′ Alex Sandro leaves the field and Cuadrado is on in his place.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

59′ Buffon, a legend of the game who returned to Juventus during the close season, replaces Szczesny in goal.

58′ OFF THE POST! Rabiot is teed up by De Sciglio and he does not need a second invitation to shoot from 25 yards. The ball could not have been struck any sweeter but it comes back off the post and Atletico survive another scare.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

57′ Herrera, another of Atletico’s new recruits, takes over from Savic.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

57′ Felipe is the next player to be brought on, with Koke the man to make way.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

56′ Diego Costa, who had a ban overturned to play today, comes on for Morata up top.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

56′ Correa is on for Gimenez as Simeone makes mass changes to his line-up.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

56′ Joao Felix can be more than happy with his performance today. He leaves the field with a goal and an assist to his name, replaced by Arias.

55′ WIDE! Thomas gets plenty of power behind his shot but it does not trouble Szczesny, with the ball spinning wide of the target. The second half has started in an end-to-end manner – which way will the fourth goal go?

54′ As far as pre-season friendlies go, the tempo has been pretty incredible throughout. Saul sends a diagonal ball into the box and it is helped behind for Atletico’s first corner of the match. 

52′ Juventus had nine corners in the opening 45 minutes – the most by a side in a first half of a 2019 ICC game. It was a promising first-half showing from Costa – he completed six of his seven dribbles.

50′ CLOSE! Higuain is picked out in some space inside the box but he pulls his shot a little and it flies wide of the far post. That is a warning for Atletico, whose lead is slender to say the least.

48′ OFF THE POST! Costa, who has been the best Juventus player on the field, hits the post via the help of a big deflection. Oblak was beaten and is grateful that the frame of his goal came to his rescue.

46′ RESTART! We are back under way at Friends Arena. Can Juventus respond in the second half?

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

46′ Thomas is on for Llorente as Simeone makes just the one change at half-time.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

46′ Chiellini replaces Bonucci in a like-for-like change in the heart of Juve’s defence.

Simeone has 19 players on his bloated bench so do not be surprised to see some changes at half-time. Costa is among Atletico’s back-up options but he is suspended for next week’s LaLiga opener, so he will not be at the forefront of Simeone’s thoughts. As for Juventus, they also have plenty of options to choose from, including the likes of Bentancur, Matuidi and Bonucci.

Atletico Madrid take a 2-1 lead into half-time in this heavyweight International Champions Cup clash thanks to goals from Lemar and Joao Felix. The youngster arguably should have been credited with the opener, as his well-taken strike was seemingly heading in even without the slightest of touches off Lemar. Khedira levelled up the match five minutes later with a shot that went through the legs of a couple of players and caught Oblak wrong-footed, but Joao Felix restored his side’s lead with a fine half-volley after being picked out by Lemar.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: ATLETICO 2-1 JUVENTUS

45′ Rabiot’s low shot is pulled wide of the target – he had other options that he perhaps should have used. Juve are starting to build some momentum with a minute or so to go before half-time.

43′ Atletico are winning plenty of second balls in midfield. Simeone’s men have seen far less of the ball and have managed only six shots to Juve’s 13, yet they lead 2-1 as we approach half-time in Stockholm.

41′ Juventus do not properly deal with the danger and the ball is worked back into the box, but Gimenez is unable to find the target with his header. 

40′ Atletico are fortunate to be awarded a free-kick around 45 yards from goal. It is too far out to shoot so it is instead clipped into the box, but it is a Juventus head that gets to it first.

38′ SHOT! Higuain delays the shot and is then closed down by three players. He manages to get an attempt in, but it is off target.

37′ Juventus look very dangerous when they get into the final third, with Rabiot and Costa causing real panic in the box. Simeone will not care too much because his side appear to be capable of scoring whenever they get the ball forward.

35′ There are suggestions that Joao Felix’s first goal is going to be awarded to Lemar for a deflection before it crossed the line. There is no taking away that second goal, though – he was all alone when stretching out to convert with a first-time finish.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

33′ GOOOOAAALLL!!!! ATLETICO 2-1 JUVENTUS! The first goal was taken off him but this goal will stand – and this one is arguably even better than Atleti’s first. Lemar lifts the ball over the head of De Ligt and Joao Felix stretches to send a half-volley past Szczesny. What a player!

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

33′ Lemar did well to spot the run of Joao Felix in behind, and he picked him out with a nice pass over the top of De Ligt.

31′ Costa waves his way through a couple of players, with Atletico’s defenders too scared to touch him inside the box, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

29′ GOOOOAAALLL!!! ATLETICO 1-1 JUVENTUS! Khedira levels up the match with a shot from outside the box that leaves Oblak wrong-footed. Rabiot’s shot takes a couple of deflections and it pops up for Khedira to send under the legs of Gimenez and into the bottom corner.

28′ Atletico could easily have scored a second, with Morata missing a good opportunity, but Juventus have looked bright over the last couple of minutes. This has been an entertaining friendly in Stockholm!

26′ CHANCES! Joao Felix tees up Morata in front of goal but the Spanish striker’s shot is very tame – one that does not even trouble Szczesny in the end. Juventus get the ball forward and Ronaldo skies his latest attempt – he is still finding his range, it seems.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

24′ Joao Felix will have to settle for an assist for this opening goal, even if his shot was already heading in. Trippier is also hard done by because he deserves more recognition for his cross.

Atlético Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 10/08/2019, International Champions Cup

24′ GOOOAAALLL!!! ATLETICO 1-0 JUVENTUS! Joao Felix really is a special talent! Trippier crosses from the right and Joao Felix is quickest to react, getting half a yard on his man 12 yards from goal and sending a volley away from Szczesny. However, the final touch comes off the knee of Lemar and he will be credited with the goal.

23′ OFF THE LINE! Koke’s shot is blocked by Costa on the line. Atletico have been second best so far but that is the closest either side has come to opening the scoring.

22′ Atletico hit their opponents on the counter. Morata has space to run into down the right but opts for an early cross from deep, which De Ligt blocks.

21′ BLOCKED! They took seven or eight minutes to get going but since then Juventus have dominated the match – a worry for Simeone given that his side are, or should be, at a more advanced stage in their pre-season programme. Pjanic’s shot is helped behind.

19′ Ronaldo’s latest attempt is wayward. The Portuguese is growing into the match, and so are the rest of his team-mates. Atletico are struggling to get the ball out of their own half, with Savic cutting out a dangerous ball for corner number five.

18′ DEFLECTED WIDE! Costa is proving to be a real problem for Atletico’s defenders. He once again shows some good footwork on the edge of the box and tees up Ronaldo for a shot that deflects behind for another corner.

16′ Oblak, arguably the best goalkeeper in world football, shows good authority to pluck the corner out of the air. Juventus have started this match the better of the two sides.

14′ It is Juve’s turn to string together passes. They work the ball into a promising position high up the pitch, but it is slowly played back all the way to De Ligt. From the next attacking move, Rabiot gets in behind but he cannot quite pick out Higuain.

12′ OBLAK DENIES CHIELLINI! The first chance of the match falls to experienced Juventus defender Chiellini. He watches the right-sided corner all the way and directs a half-volley goalwards, but Oblak gets a hand to the ball.

10′ Better from Juventus. Costa shows good footwork to get past a couple of players, but rather than shoot he forces himself wide and a corner is the best he can manage.

9′ Atletico are not willing to let their opponents have a touch of the ball. Juventus are not exactly pressing high up the pitch, and Atleti are not overcommitting bodies forward. Ronaldo eventually turns over possession and is fouled.

7′ Neither team has really managed to find their rhythm in the opening seven minutes. A deep delivery from Lodi on the left is cleared away before one of his team-mates can pounce.

5′ Atletico are knocking the ball around at the back, patiently looking to work it forward. Juventus, still getting to grips with life under Sarri, have been happy to sit back in the early stages.

3′ Remember, we will go straight to penalties if the sides are level at the end of 90 minutes. There is a good atmosphere being generated by those in attendance at Friends Arena.

1′ KICK-OFF! We are up and running in this final International Champions Cup clash between two European heavyweights!

The two teams are now out on the field at Friends Arena and we are moments away from kick-off.

Atletico and Juventus last met as recently as March, and it is a fixture that will give Simeone nightmares. His side led 2-0 from the Champions League last-16 first leg, only for Ronaldo to score a hat-trick in the second leg to send Juve through.

Atletico are at a more advanced stage in their pre-season programme given that they are in LaLiga action in a eight days’ time. Could this be the starting line-up that Simeone fields against Getafe next weekend? It certainly looks like a very strong XI on the face of it, with Morata linking up with big-money signing Joao Felix up top. There is another appearance for Trippier at right-back, meanwhile, on the opposite flank to fellow new boy Lodi. Costa was sent off against Real Madrid a couple of weeks ago, but his ban has been overturned in time for him to potentially play a part from the bench today.

Both sides are in pre-season action for the final time today, so this is the last chance for Diego Simeone and Sarri to run the rule over their players. Sarri is clearly going to go with a 4-3-3 formation in his first season at Juventus, with Ronaldo starting on the left of the front three for the third time running. Higuain and Costa join Ronaldo in the frontline, while Khedira replaces Matuidi in an otherwise unchanged midfield three from the meeting with Inter. At the back, highly-rated youngster De Ligt partners the vastly experienced Chiellini.

Juventus subs: Paulo Dybala, Carlo Pinsoglio, Daniele Rugani, Rodrigo Bentancur, Juan Cuadrado, Federico Bernardeschi, Merih Demiral, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can, Luca Pellegrini, Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon, Mario Mandzukic, Mattia Perin.

JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Matthijs de Ligt, Giorgio Chiellini (c), Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot; Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico subs: Hector Herrera, Thomas Partey, Santiago Arias, Vitolo, Felipe, Mario Hermoso, Rodrigo Riquelme, Sergio Camello, Alex Dos Santos, Diego Costa, Nikola Kalinic, Juan Manuel Sanabria, Ivan Saponjic, Angel Correa, Francisco Montero, Antonio Adan, Carlos Isaac, Manuel Sanchez, Toni Moya.

ATLETICO (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Renan Lodi; Koke (c), Saul Niguez, Marcos Llorente, Thomas Lemar; Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata.

Juventus have had a mixed start to life under new head coach Maurizio Sarri, meanwhile, having followed up a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham with a 1-1 draw against Inter in Nanjing in their most recent outing. Sarri’s side prevailed 4-3 on penalties against their domestic rivals, giving them two points from their two ICC matches – three fewer than opponents Atletico, for those keeping track.

Atletico have won all five of their pre-season friendlies, including both previous International Champions Cup matches. Diego Simeone’s men were 7-3 winners against bitter rivals Real Madrid a couple of weeks ago – a result that sent shockwaves around Europe – but they needed penalties to overcome Guadalajara following a goalless draw in normal time. 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the International Champions Cup clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Friends Arena in Stockholm.



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