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Juventus and Sevilla draw a blank

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 23.25CET
An absorbing contest between Juventus and Sevilla featured plenty of high-quality football but no goals, Gonzalo Higuaín's header off the crossbar the closest either side came.
Juventus and Sevilla draw a blank
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín at the final whistle ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

JuventusSevilla

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts16
 
3
on target4
 
1
off target10
 
2
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Fouls suffered21
 
16
Passes519
 
417
completed448
 
343

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 19/06/2017 18:52 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 23.25CET

Juventus and Sevilla draw a blank

An absorbing contest between Juventus and Sevilla featured plenty of high-quality football but no goals, Gonzalo Higuaín's header off the crossbar the closest either side came.

Sevilla have now gone 300 minutes without scoring at the Juventus Stadium but this was a valuable point for Jorge Sampaoli's team away to the Italian champions.

Having played a goalless 120 minutes against Benfica in the 2014 UEFA Europa League final and lost 2-0 here to Juve last season, Sevilla might have been forgiven for a touch of trepidation but their tactical plan involved pressing Gianluigi Buffon so that Juve could not play out from the back.

That set the tone as Sevilla sought to regain possession quickly, although the game's best chance came when the tables were turned. Sami Khedira won the ball and quickly found Dani Alves; Gonzalo Higuaín's header rattled the bar.

Sergio Rico was beaten then but made a series of cool interventions, including a diving tackle on Paulo Dybala in the first half and a full-length stop to deny Alex Sandro in added time.

Key player: Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Jorge Valdano was at the Juventus Stadium and described Dybala as the "most naturally talented" young footballer emerging from his native Argentina today. The 22-year-old striker showed velvet touches, intelligent movement and threat to back up Valdano's praise. His link-up play helped lay on Higuaín for a header that cracked off the bar, and his quick thinking and even quicker sprint onto a loose ball in the first half was Rico's only real test all night.

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri

Pjanić crucial for Juve
While waiting for Claudio Marchisio to return from a knee injury, Juventus must rely heavily on Miralem Pjanić's quality and creativity in midfield. The former's absence was felt in the opening period when Dybala was forced to drop deep to pick up the ball – with Dybala, and his left foot, far from the opponents' goal, the Juve attack certainly looked less dangerous.

All change against at Sevilla
Sevilla's starting line-up featured just four players who appeared in the UEFA Europa League final defeat of Liverpool four months ago, with Adil Rami, Steven N'Zonzi, Sergio Escudero and Vitolo the only survivors. It is testimony to the tremendous work of Sevilla's technical department, led by the famous Ramón 'Monchi' Rodríguez, that there can be such turnaround and a terrific 'champion' side like Juventus can still be matched tactically and technically.

Reporter's view

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Still going strong: Gianluigi Buffon

Paolo Menicucci, Juventus (@UEFAcomPaoloM)
Juventus will feel they deserved more after creating most of the chances though Sevilla have once again proved they can compete with the top European teams. Maybe they did not attack like their charismatic coach Sampaoli had promised, but the Andalusians were well organised and can look forward to their campaign with belief. Juventus, meanwhile, must improve if they wish to be among the title favourites, yet given the influx of new players in Turin this summer, time will only help the Bianconeri.

Graham Hunter, Sevilla (@bumpergraham)
If this is a Sevilla side with wholesale squad changes after a turbulent transfer market, plus a new coach who, in the words of Vicente Iborra, is imposing a very new and challenging style of play, then their rivals should watch out. This was a point the UEFA Europa League holders would not have earned last term: ceaseless effort, confidence on the ball and a 'toe to toe' attitude. Only a draw and no goals but very definitely a promising start to this European campaign for Sevilla and their manager.

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Last updated: 23/09/16 16.46CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

sevilla

Sevilla

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
RicoSergio Rico (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
4
KranevitterMatías Kranevitter
Substitution78
6
KhediraSami Khedira
8
IborraVicente Iborra (C)
Yellow Card41
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
15
N'ZonziSteven N'Zonzi
Yellow Card37
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution64
18
LeminaMario Lemina
18
EscuderoSergio Escudero
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
20
VitoloVitolo
21
DybalaPaulo Dybala
Substitution86
21
ParejaNicolás Pareja
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
Substitution68
22
VázquezFranco Vázquez
Substitution90+1
23
Dani AlvesDani Alves
23
RamiAdil Rami
Yellow Card45+1
33
EvraPatrice Evra
Substitution68
24
MercadoGabriel Mercado

Substitutes

25
NetoNeto (GK)
25
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
4
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
3
Mariano FerreiraMariano Ferreira
Substitution78
5
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution68
6
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Substitution90+1
7
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
9
ViettoLuciano Vietto
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Substitution68
11
CorreaJoaquín Correa
Substitution64
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
14
Kiyotake                      Hiroshi Kiyotake
20
PjacaMarko Pjaca
Substitution86
19
GansoGanso

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Jorge Sampaoli (ARG)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Eduard Beitinger (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Siebert (GER), Benjamin Brand (GER)

Legend:

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