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Atleti takes 2-0 lead over Juve in Champions League (video)

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  • Morata sees goal disallowed via VAR
  • Gimenez, Godin score early
  • Atleti takes two goals away for 2nd leg

The defenders got it done, with a little help from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin scored second half goals, the latter putting his home after a Ronaldo deflection, as Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atleti had an opening goal ruled out before Gimenez pushed home.

The second leg is March 12 in Turin.

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If you were betting on two defenses to conspire against the score line, this was it; Juve and Atleti allowed a combined 10 goals in 12 group stage matches.

Most of the prime chances resulted in user error, as typified by Diego Costa early in the second half. That said, Wojciech Szczesny made a finger tip save on Antonie Griezmann which was quite superb.

And when Atleti looked to have collected its lead through Alvaro Morata, the former Juve player saw his goal overturned through VAR.

Morata headed home, but the camera caught his shove on Giorgio Chiellini, initially unspotted by the referees.

Gimenez then made one count.

Morata won a header that hit Mario Mandzukic and fell into the path of Gimenez for a deserved goal.

Federico Bernardeschi had a solid bid to restore the deadlock, but Jan Oblak made a pretty save to keep it 1-0.

And Godin mopped up a shot that deflected off Ronaldo to double the hosts advantage after one leg.

Manchester City destroy Chelsea (video)

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  • Aguero earns two league records via another hat trick
  • Sterling scores two
  • Chelsea sinks 6th, below Arsenal

Sergio Aguero wrote his name twice more in the record books as Manchester City smashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Aguero scored a hat trick for the second week in-a-row, joining Alan Shearer as the only players to register 11 Premier League hat tricks. He also went atop the Man City leaderboard for league goals.

Other guys played, too, with Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan scoring while Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva put on playmaking and possession master classes.

City goes back atop the Premier League table on goal differential, now nine better than Liverpool having played one more game. Chelsea drops below fifth place Arsenal on goals scored, the goal differential level.

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City’s habit of striking quickly continued with a 4th minute goal off the boot of Sterling.

Left all alone at the back post to collect a David Luiz-deflected cross from Bernardo Silva, Sterling hammered the ball into a gaping space.

Aguero also worked himself into a back post position and skewered his chance to tap in Bernardo’s unreal dribble and pass through the six.

Eden Hazard work Chelsea up in the 12th minute with a long dribble down the left producing a shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga collected wide of the post.

Maybe the tap-in was too easy, because Aguero then took a Kevin De Bruyne feed and curled a 20-yard beauty around a flying Arrizabalaga.

Aguero helped produce the fourth, his dribble blocked by Antonio Rudiger onto the path of Gundogan for another long distance goal.

Ederson made a second decent save of the half when Gonzalo Higuain tore into a shot from distance, but Chelsea did not pull any goals back before halftime.

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Aguero nearly nodded home for his hat trick when his header of a De Bruyne cross hit the cross bar.

Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta took down Sterling in the 55th minute, and Aguero had his chance for back-to-back hat tricks and a share of the Premier League hat trick record.

De Bruyne sent an arrow of a free kick around the wall, but Arrizabalaga stopped it.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus was shoved by Luiz as he attempted a 1v1 shot on Arrizabalaga, but Dean stopped short of awarding another penalty.

Sterling got his second in a similar enough fashion to his first. It was 6-0 with 10 minutes to play.

Watch Live: Manchester City v. Chelsea

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Chelsea looks to beat Manchester City for the second time in all of this season’s competitions when it visits the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Willian and Mateo Kovacic are the biggest names on the bench for the visitors, while Leroy Sane and David Silva will have to wait for their Man City introduction.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Sane, Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud.

Watch Live: Brighton and Hove Albion v. Burnley

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Both visitors Burnley and hosts Brighton and Hove Albion will hope to pull away from the drop zone when they meet at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Seagulls have 27 points, while Burnley has 24. If results hold from the time of posting, the latter will be a point ahead of the drop zone while Brighton will be four points clear of it.

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Gross, March, Murray, Locadia. Subs: Button, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Burn.

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Barnes, Wood. Subs: Hart, Lowton, Gibson, Crouch, Ward, Vydra, Long.

Bernardo: ‘We thought we had lost the league’

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Bernardo Silva admits that Manchester City felt it had lost hold of the Premier League when it coughed up an early lead and lost to Newcastle last week.

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“We were very disappointed, more than anyone else,” he said, via The Guardian. “The players, the staff, we were all very sad because we all thought we had lost the league in that game.”

Like many of us, the idea of Liverpool dropping seven more points than City over the final dozen-plus matches of the season sounded absurd.

The Reds had tormented just about every team they played besides City, and faced a pretty ordinary set of fixtures moving forward.

“Fortunately Liverpool drew against Leicester and that gave us a little bit of hope. Then there was another draw against West Ham and that means the race is on. Mentally, it is a big boost for us. We will try to keep doing our job and don’t relax as we did against Newcastle.”

Silva, 24, has five goals and six assists in Premier League play this season, and he’s already played 500 more minutes than his six-goal, five-assist debut campaign.