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Juan Cuadrado Scores With Brilliant Strike In Champions League

Juan Cuadrado Scores With Brilliant Strike In Champions League

Juan Cuadrado scored a brilliant opening goal for Juventus but the Old Lady threw away a two goal lead as they drew 2-2 away against Atletico Madrid.

Juventus are once again desperate to end their barren run without winning the Champions League and Cuadrado's goal, at the beginning of the second half, put them 1-0 up before Blaise Matuidi made it 2-0 after 65 minutes.

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If Maurizio Sarri thought that his side were on their way to a famous 2-0 opening matchday win in Madrid then he was very much mistaken.

Stefan Savic pulled the first one back after 70 minutes and, with time ticking away, Hector Herrera made it 2-2 as the 90 minutes became injury time.

It was heartbreak for the Serie A champions and hinted that their fortunes in the Champions League aren't going to change any time soon.

Jose Gimenez celebrates his team scoring. Image: PA Images
Jose Gimenez celebrates his team scoring. Image: PA Images
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It's been 23 years since the Old Lady were crowned as European champions and they have lost five times in the final since their last victory in 1996, against Ajax.

They bought Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018 in order to turn things around for them in continental competition but they were knocked out by Ajax in the last 16 last season.

This summer they hoped the addition of Matthijs de Ligt from their victors, as well as Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey, would lead us to the trophy they covet most.

Of course Atleti away is their hardest game but throwing away a two goal lead isn't the start that Sarri and his team would have been hoping for.

Elsewhere in Group D Lokomotiv Moscow surprised Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. Former West Brom loanee Grzegorz Krychowiak but the visitors in front before Benedikt Höwedes scored an own goal to make it 1-1.

Dmitri Barinov scored in the 37th minute to put Lokomotiv ahead and they held on till the end, despite the home side having 78% possession and 17 shots, to the visitors eight shots.

Next time Juve host Bayer Leverkusen and Moscow host Atleti.

Topics: Football News, Serie A, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Champions League, Juan Cuadrado, Spain, La Liga, Italy, European Football

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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