Juventus continued their impressive start to their European campaign with a dominant 2-0 win over Sevilla at the Juventus Stadium.
The home side have started terribly in their domestic season, sitting at 15th in the Serie A table but goals from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza gave them 2 wins out of 2 in Group D.
Sevilla had a torrid night thanks to a miserable performance, and the comfort in which the Italians got victory will be a concern for the away fans.
Juventus started in a very fast pace, and should have been in front after just 28 seconds. Alvaro Morata did well to dink the ball over the Sevilla defence and Paul Pogba should have scored, but blazed over with a volley from 16 yards.
The early pressure continued as Hernanes picked up the ball 25 yards out and let fly with a fizzing low drive that whipped inches wide of the post to the relief of the Sevilla goalkeeper, Sergio Rico.
The reigning Serie A champions continued to dominate and produced one of the best passages of play in the match. Pogba did brilliantly to switch to Juan Cuadrado, and the on-loan Chelsea winger pulled back for Morata. the Spain striker timed his lay-off perfectly for Paulo Dybala to wrap his left foot around the ball and curl inches wide from 18 yards.
The game went into a bit of a lull, but Juve would grab the lead just before half-time. Leonardo Bonucci’s cross was met by the former Real Madrid striker, and he grabbed his second Champions League goal in as many games.
After the interval, Bonucci could have had his second assist. His defence-splitting pass was raced onto by Dybala but Rico made a stunning save to deny the forward from ten yards. Just after, the goalkeeper won the on-going battle with Dybala again when he punched a fizzing free-kick away from goal.
Juventus could have been 2 or 3 ahead at this point but Rico was having a very good game. His strong save to keep out Cuadrado’s rocketed shot was proof of the impressive performance. Unforuntaely, Juventus would get a decisive second goal just before the end.
Zaza raced onto a loose ball on the half-way line before sprinting into the penalty area and sliding into the bottom corner, leaving the result in no doubt.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)