Champions League - Group G
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Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Juventus: Alvaro Morata scores two in Champions League win

Alvaro Morata scores for Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv
Morata joined Juventus on loan this summer from Atletico Madrid

Alvaro Morata scored twice as Andrea Pirlo's Juventus opened their Champions League campaign with victory at Dynamo Kyiv.

Morata followed up Dejan Kulusevski's shot to fire in the opener and sealed the win with a well-taken header.

Juve were without Cristiano Ronaldo following his positive coronavirus test and initially struggled in his absence.

Federico Chiesa and Ronaldo's replacement Kulusevski both had first-half shots saved by Georgi Bushchan.

The Italian champions also lost experienced defender Giorgio Chiellini to what appeared to be a hamstring injury before the break, shortly after he had headed just wide from a corner.

But the second half saw a much improved display, with Spaniard Morata's alertness and prowess in front of goal the launchpad for their campaign.

He was quickest to react after Bushchan had saved Kulusevski's shot early in the second half and predatory in steering in his headed second from Juan Cuadrado's cross late in the game.

The double made it three goals in four days for the striker on loan from Atletico Madrid, after he scored in draw against Crotone at the weekend.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey also impressed playing just behind the front two in his 50th Champions League appearance, and it was his back-heel that set up the Kulusevski shot leading to the opener.

The game had an air of 'master against apprentice' to it, with Pirlo making his Champions League managerial bow against Mircea Lucescu, the man who gave him his professional debut as a 16-year-old at Brescia in 1995.

Italian champions for the last nine seasons but without a Champions League title since 1996, Juventus turned to their former player after sacking Maurizio Sarri in the summer.

They have been inconsistent in Serie A so far, dropping four points in their four opening games, but this is is an encouraging start in continental competition, which also included the first appearance for Paulo Dybala under the former Italy international.

He will be hoping to have Ronaldo - scorer of 130 Champions League goals and owner of five winners' medals in the competition - back for the visit of Barcelona to Turin in the next round of Group G fixtures.

Juve make it six group wins on the bounce

  • Juventus have won their past six Champions League group stage matches, their best such run since a run of six between December 2003-November 2004.
  • Juventus have avoided defeat in their opening match in 20 of their previous 21 Champions League campaigns (W12 D8), losing only against Barcelona in 2017-18.
  • Dynamo Kyiv have faced Juventus more often without winning in the Champions League than they have any other opponent (five - D1 L4).
  • Alvaro Morata scored his first Champions League goals for Juventus since September 2015 vs Sevilla. He has been involved in four goals in his past three Champions League games overall (three goals, one assist), as many as in his previous 21 in the competition.
  • Dynamo Kyiv's Mircea Lucescu became the oldest manager to take charge of a Champions League game in this match, aged 75 years 83 days.
  • Juventus' Aaron Ramsey made his 50th Champions League appearance in this match, the third Welsh player to reach the milestone in the competition (Ryan Giggs 141, Gareth Bale 64).

Line-ups

Dynamo Kyiv

  • 1Bushchan
  • 94Kedziora
  • 25Zabarnyi
  • 16Mykolenko
  • 20KaravaevSubstituted forPopovat 70'minutes
  • 29BuyalskiySubstituted forHarmashat 89'minutes
  • 5Sydorchuk
  • 10Shaparenko
  • 15TsygankovSubstituted forVerbicat 70'minutes
  • 89Supryaha
  • 14de PenaSubstituted forRodriguesat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Popov
  • 7Verbic
  • 8Shepelev
  • 11Tsitaishvili
  • 17Lyednyev
  • 18Andriyevskyi
  • 19Harmash
  • 22Rodrigues
  • 34Syrota
  • 35Neshcheret
  • 71Boyko
  • 99Duelund

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 16Ju CuadradoBooked at 50mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniSubstituted forDemiralat 19'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 13Danilo
  • 44KulusevskiSubstituted forDybalaat 56'minutes
  • 30BentancurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forArthurat 79'minutes
  • 25Rabiot
  • 22Chiesa
  • 8RamseySubstituted forBernardeschiat 79'minutes
  • 9Morata

Substitutes

  • 5Arthur
  • 10Dybala
  • 28Demiral
  • 31Pinsoglio
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 38Frabotta
  • 39Portanova
  • 77Buffon
Referee:
Ovidiu Hategan
Attendance:
14,850

Match Stats

Home TeamDynamo KyivAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dynamo Kyiv 0, Juventus 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dynamo Kyiv 0, Juventus 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

  5. Post update

    Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vitalii Mykolenko.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vitalii Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mykola Shaparenko with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Adrien Rabiot.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Serhiy Sydorchuk.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Denys Harmash replaces Vitaliy Buyalskiy.

  11. Post update

    Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

  13. Post update

    Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Verbic (Dynamo Kyiv).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 0, Juventus 2. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Aaron Ramsey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Arthur replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vitaliy Buyalskiy (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitalii Mykolenko.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Danilo.

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