CL: Morata takes down Dortmund

by | Feb 24, 2015 21:43

Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata gave Juventus a 2-1 first leg Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.

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Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata gave Juventus a 2-1 first leg Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.

See how the action unfolded on our LIVEBLOG.

This was the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 and the Juventus Stadium was packed out with a huge banner reading: ‘He who dares wins.’ Morata was picked to partner Tevez, while Arturo Vidal returned after injury. Ciro Immobile started against his old club, though he insisted he felt closer to their arch-rivals Torino.

Immobile had the first shot after 60 seconds, firing just over the bar from distance. However, Juventus took the lead with a counter-attack, as Roman Weidenfeller only parried a Morata effort a few inches, allowing Tevez to bundle over the line with help from Marcel Schmelzer.

It didn’t last long, as Giorgio Chiellini slipped on the turf, allowing Marco Reus to go clear on goal and beat Gigi Buffon. That could prove to be a costly error and meant Reus has scored in each of his last four Champions League appearances.

Leo Bonucci nodded over, but a mistimed Paul Pogba tackle put Lukasz Piszczek out of the game after just 32 minutes.

Buffon got behind a Nurat Sahin snapshot and there was more bad news for Max Allegri, who lost Andrea Pirlo to a calf injury.

Borussia were comfortably more confident as time went on in the first half and had more possession, as that equaliser really seemed to shake up the Old Lady.

Nonetheless, Juve took their chances better and went back in front. Tevez spread down the left for Pogba, who rolled across for Morata to side-foot in from six yards with a delicate and precise finish.

Leonardo Bonucci failed to nod in a corner and Immobile fired straight at Buffon, while Tevez volleyed off target. Tevez had a great chance on 71 minutes, his low drive taking a decisive touch off Mats Hummels to skim the upright.

Immobile and Henrik Mkhitaryan were off target, but Tevez went on a solo run to sting Weidenfeller’s gloves with a powerful shot. From that corner, Chiellini nodded over.

Leo Bonucci performed an acrobatic clearance with the long ball dropping over his shoulder, preventing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from going clear on goal.

Roberto Pereyra came so close to a third at the 86th minute, running on to a Morata assist, but his angled drive was inched wide of the far post.

Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Scorers: Tevez 13 (J), Reus 19 (B), Morata 43 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo (Pereyra 37), Pogba; Vidal (Padoin 86); Tevez (Coman 88), Morata

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek (Ginter 32), Papasthatopoulos (Kirch 46), Hummels, Schmelzer; Gündogan, Sahin; Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang; Immobile (Blaszczykowski 76)

Ref: Lahoz (ESP)

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