Juve present tough final obstacle for Dinamo
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Having already qualified from Group H, Juventus finish this stage of the campaign with a home game against Dinamo Zagreb, who are without a point or even a goal.
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The 3-1 matchday five victory at Sevilla FC ensured that Juventus will progress from Group H and they conclude at home to GNK Dinamo Zagreb, who have lost all five games so far and are still looking for a first point and goal.
• Juve came from behind to defeat the Spanish side, who still have designs on winning the section, while Dinamo were eliminated from European competition by Alexandre Lacazette's 72nd-minute winner for Olympique Lyonnais.
• The Italian side are through and will top the group if they win or if Sevilla fail to win at Lyon, due to Juve's superior head-to head record. Dinamo will finish fourth.
• On matchday two in Croatia – the first meeting between the teams – Juve cruised to a 4-0 win, scoring twice in each half. It equalled their biggest away win in the UEFA Champions League.
• The Italian champions began the campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla and in the double header with Lyon they first won 1-0 away before being pegged back late on at home in a 1-1 draw.
• The Bianconeri are on a 19-match (W10 D9) unbeaten home run in UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss to FC Bayern München in April 2013. In last season's group stage they did not concede a goal at home, beating Sevilla 2-0 and Manchester City FC 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
• In the round of 16 the two-time European champions drew 2-2 at home to Bayern, succumbing 4-2 away in extra time.
• Juve have faced Croatian opponents on only one other occasion, beating HNK Rijeka 2-0 at home in the 1979/80 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final after a 0-0 draw away.
• The Croatian title holders started with a 3-0 defeat in Lyon and in the double-header against Sevilla they first lost 1-0 at home and then 4-0 away.
• Dinamo lost all three away games in last season's group stage, conceding ten goals and scoring only one. They also finished bottom of Group F with three points, thanks to a 2-1 win over Arsenal FC on matchday one. It ended a 16-year wait for a victory in the competition proper.
• The Croatian double winners have now failed to qualify from the group stage in all six attempts. In fact, in all 13 UEFA club competition group stages – including seven in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League – they have yet to make it through to the next phase.
• Away form underpinned Dinamo's progress through this season's qualifying rounds. They prevailed 2-1 at FK Vardar in the second qualifying round (5-3 on aggregate) and 1-0 at FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the next stage (3-0 on aggregate).
• After a 1-1 draw at home to FC Salzburg in the play-offs they trailed in Austria until the 87th minute, when Junior Fernandes forced extra time. El Arabi Hilal Soudani's strike then completed the victory.
• This is the first time Dinamo have faced Italian opponents at home since the 2000/01 UEFA Cup second round when they beat Parma FC 1-0, going out 2-1 on aggregate. All three victories against Italian sides have come in Zagreb; their overall record is P18 W3 D4 L11 (Away W0 D2 L7).
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• Marko Pjaca signed for the Turin club on 21 July after helping Dinamo reach the group stage, scoring two penalties in the 3-2 second qualifying round victory over Vardar.
• Pjaca played for NK Lokomotiva Zagreb between 2011 and 2014 where he was a team-mate of Mario Musa, Mario Šitum, Domagoj Antolić, Josip Pivarić and Domagoj Pavičić.
• Mario Mandžukić was a Dinamo played from 2007 to 2010, winning the Croatian title three times. He was a team-mate of Antolić and Gordon Schildenfeld. Mandžukić had previously spent two years with NK Zagreb.
• Gonzalo Higuaín scored in Real Madrid CF's 6-2 defeat of Dinamo at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage. He also provided two assists.
• Šitum played in Italy with Spezia Calcio in Serie B between 2014 and 2016.
• Have played together:
Ángelo Henríquez & Patrice Evra (Manchester United FC 2012/13)
• International team-mates:
Pjaca, Mandžukić & Schildenfeld, Ante Ćorić, Antonijo Ježina, Antolić, Marko Lešković (Croatia)
Miralem Pjanić & Armin Hodžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• Born on 28 February 2000, on matchday five Moise Kean became the first player born in the new millennium to appear in the UEFA Champions League. Three days earlier, he had become the first player born in 2000 to appear in Serie A.
• Juventus have won their last 24 home league matches – one victory shy of the Serie A record they set between 31 August 2013 and 30 November 2014.
• The Turin side conceded three goals in a Serie A fixture for the first time since 20 October 2013 when they lost 3-1 at Genoa CFC on 27 November.
• Giovanni Simeone, son of Club Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone, scored twice for Genoa.
• Pjanić's consolation effort at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was his 13th free-kick goal in Serie A since his debut in the Italian top flight in September 2011.
• The Old Lady have kept only one clean sheet in their past nine games in all competitions.
• Dani Alves (fractured left fibula) and Leonardo Bonucci (thigh) were ruled out for the rest of the year after going off injured in Genoa.
• Paulo Dybala (right thigh) and Pjaca (left fibula) are not expected to return from their respective injuries until some time in December.
• Andrea Barzagli will be available for selection again in January after dislocating his left shoulder versus AC Chievo Verona on 6 November.
• Jonas and Davor Lovren serve bans on matchday six.
• Dinamo are 12 games undefeated in domestic competition.
• Dino Perić's first goal for Dinamo earned the holders a 1-0 win at NK Inter Zaprešić on 30 November in the Croatian Cup quarter-finals.
• Antolić has not played since he sustained a left knee injury on matchday three.
Teams taking part in all of the matchday six UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will observe a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of last week's air disaster involving the Chapecoense team and accompanying delegation. The Brazilian club lost most of their players and coaching staff in the accident, which occurred in Colombia, where Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional.
"European football is united in expressing its deepest sympathy to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF], CONMEBOL and the families of all the victims," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "This tragedy has shaken the world of football, and we would like to send our support to all of those affected by it."