Juventus made a winning start in the Champions League as they defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-0 thanks to a pair of exemplary poacher’s goals from Alvaro Morata in their Group G opener on Tuesday.
Juve coach Andrea Pirlo enjoyed his first success as a manager in Europe’s elite club competition, which he won twice with AC Milan during his playing days as a midfielder.
With Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out following a positive test for COVID-19, Dejan Kulusevski was twinned with Morata up front and Federico Chiesa created some early possibilities for the visitors.
Notwithstanding, Juve suffered an early setback when defender Giorgio Chiellini had to be substituted in the 19th minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, forcing Pirlo to reshuffle his defense before Morata acted the hero.
A sharp backheel by Aaron Ramsey set up Kulusevski and although the Sweden winger’s shot was saved, Morata was on hand to fire home the rebound and the Spaniard then stole in front of his marker to head home from close reach in the 84th minute.
The limited crowd roared on the hosts but Kiev struggled to create decent possibilities on their return to the Champions League after a four-year absence as Juve comfortably closed out the success.
The COVID-19-limited crowd roared on the hosts but Kyiv struggled to create decent possibilities on their return to the Champions League after a four-year absence as Juve comfortably closed out the success.
“The goal from the get-go in the second half helped us because we had more space afterwards,” said Juventus winger Chiesa. “We wanted this victory badly because it’s important to have a great start in the UEFA Champions League.
“The expectations are in every case high at Juve, but we try to win every time we take the pitch.”
Juventus host Barcelona in their next group game on Oct. 28, while Dynamo Kiev travel to Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
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