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Juventus defeat Manchester City to reach last 16

Published: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 22.54CET
Juventus 1-0 Manchester City
On target in Manchester on matchday one, Mario Mandžukić scored against City once more as Juventus followed their opponents into the last 16.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Juventus Stadium

Match statistics

JuventusMan. City

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts12
 
13
on target5
 
2
off target5
 
7
blocked2
 
4
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners2
 
8
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
10
Passes418
 
610
completed357
 
533

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 22.54CET

Juventus defeat Manchester City to reach last 16

Juventus 1-0 Manchester City
On target in Manchester on matchday one, Mario Mandžukić scored against City once more as Juventus followed their opponents into the last 16.

  • Juventus qualify, replace Manchester City as Group D leaders after narrow win
  • Mario Mandžukić scores against City for the second time this season
  • Both teams hit a post in the second half
  • City goalkeeper Joe Hart goes off injured with nine minutes left
  • Final Group D games: City v Mönchengladbach, Sevilla v Juventus (8 December)

Mario Mandžukić's first-half goal was enough for Juventus to replace Manchester City as UEFA Champions League Group D leaders and qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare.

The Bianconeri now have a two-point cushion over the English side and will progress as section winners if they avoid defeat in Seville on matchday six.

City, already through, had the first opportunity but Fernandinho's low drive from the edge of the penalty area flew narrowly wide. The Brazil midfielder was City's chief threat in the early stages, yet he could have done better when he fired over from a good position after the ball fell invitingly following a duel in the box between Yaya Touré and Giorgio Chiellini.

Matchday one: Manchester City 1-2 Juventus

'Gol sbagliato, gol subito' – when you miss a goal, you soon concede one – is a saying in Italy and that phrase was borne out as Juve took the lead two minutes later, Mandžukić volleying in a left-wing cross from Alex Sandro.

He almost struck again soon after, but Joe Hart produced a wonderful save to deny the Croatian international, who connected sweetly with Stephan Lichtsteiner's header down. After the break, Hart's counterpart Gianluigi Buffon conjured a fantastic stop, pushing a Fernando header against his left-hand post.

Álvaro Morata, who had just replaced Mandžukić, was quickly sent clear and chipped Hart. With the ball arcing wide, the sliding Stefano Sturaro, at full stretch, knocked it against the upright.

Morata was then repelled by Hart, who later went off injured, after dribbling past two City defenders, although he ought to have fed the unmarked Paulo Dybala instead of shooting. City went close to punishing that decision, yet Andrea Barzagli somehow deflected a close-range effort from substitute Raheem Sterling to preserve his side's advantage.

Touré: City lacked finish

Key player: Mario Mandžukić
Many Juve fans raised an eyebrow when they saw Mandžukić in the starting XI instead of Morata, but the tall forward responded in style. Not only did he score the winner, he also went close to doubling the lead, worked hard for his team and passed the ball well.

Where the match was won
Massimiliano Allegri's decision to go for the tried and tested three-man defence allowed full-backs Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro to push on up their respective flanks. The Brazilian was particularly lively and one of his crosses led to Mandžukić's clincher.

Are Juve on the right path?
After a difficult start to the season, Juve have now won three consecutive Serie A fixtures and booked a place in the knockout stage with a game to spare. The performances of new arrivals Mandžukić and Alex Sandro are a sign that the Old Lady is finally coming to terms with the summer departure of key players.

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Last updated: 26/11/15 2.16CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

man. city

Man. City

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
Substitution81
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
Yellow Card69
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
6
FernandoFernando
10
PogbaPaul Pogba
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution69
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Substitution78
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Yellow Card69
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Goal18
Substitution55
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Yellow Card35
Substitution60
21
DybalaPaulo Dybala
Substitution82
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
42
TouréYaya Touré (C)

Substitutes

25
NetoNeto (GK)
13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
Substitution81
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution69
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution55
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
16
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Substitution82
18
DelphFabian Delph
Substitution60
18
LeminaMario Lemina
50
MaffeoPablo Maffeo
24
RuganiDaniele Rugani
53
AdarabioyoTosin Adarabioyo
33
EvraPatrice Evra
Substitution78
59
CelinaBersant Celina

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Rafael Foltyn (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution