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Juventus beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 to win group

AP , Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala (C) celebrates with Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after opening the scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Juventus Turin vs Atletico Madrid on November 26, 2019 at the Juventus Allianz stadium in Turin AFP

Paulo Dybala scored from a near-impossible angle to give Juventus a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid 1-0 Tuesday and secure first place in its Champions League group.

On the stroke of halftime, Dybala curled in a free kick from near the by-line. The shot was so powerful that goalkeeper Jan Oblak didn't have enough time to raise his arms before the ball traveled inside the far post.

Juventus, which had already qualified for the knockout stage, has an insurmountable 13 points atop Group D. Atletico, which would have qualified with a win, is next with seven points. Bayern Leverkusen is third with six points after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0, while the Russian club is last with three points.

Substitute Federico Bernardeschi nearly made it 2-0 for Juventus with a long, low shot that hit the post after the hour mark.

Also, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt made a well-timed tackle to deny Angel Correa a clear shot on goal.

In the final round of group matches Juventus visits Leverkusen and Atletico hosts Lokomotiv.

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