Football: Godin scores winner for Atletico over Spurs in Australia

Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin (right) fires the ball past Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm to score in the International Champions Cup football match, on July 29, 2016.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin (right) fires the ball past Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm to score in the International Champions Cup football match, on July 29, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Spain's Atletico Madrid beat England's Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in their International Champions Cup (ICC) pre-season match in Melbourne with their goalkeeper Jan Oblak pulling off two magical saves on Friday (July 29).

Uruguayan defender Diego Godin scored the winner five minutes before half-time 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 1-2 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.

It was Atletico Madrid's first match in Australia before 42,000 fans and comes after their penalty shoot-out loss against Real Madrid in their second Champions League final in three years.

The loss was the Spurs' second on their Australian tour but Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino saw positives.

"It was a fantastic performance and a great experience for us. I am very happy with this young team," Pochettino said.