Spain’s Atletico Madrid beat England’s Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in their International Champions Cup match in Melbourne with their goalkeeper Jan Oblak pulling off two magical saves on Friday.
Uruguayan defender Diego Godin scored the winner five minutes before halftime and the Atletico defence screened out Spurs in the second half to protect their lead.
Skipper Gabi’s free-kick was flicked on allowing Godin to tap home from close range at the far post.
Spurs, who lost their opening ICC game 2-1 to Italian champion Juventus on Tuesday, came close a couple of times but were denied by magnificent shot-stopping from Slovenian goalkeeper Oblak.
Oblak, who kept 24 clean sheets for Atletico in last season’s La Liga, pulled off a point-blank reflex save to block a scorching shot from Ryan Mason midway through the second half.
And minutes later he kept out new Dutch signing Vincent Janssen’s curling free kick with his right hand to again deny Spurs.
In the first half Josh Onomah and Argentinian Erik Lamela both hit the woodwork for Spurs.
It was Atletico Madrid’s first match in Australia and comes after their penalty shoot-out loss against Real Madrid in their second Champions League final in three years.
Atletico will stay in Australia and face A-League team Melbourne Victory on Sunday, while Spurs return home and play Internazionale in Norway next Friday. – Agence France-Presse