KYIV, Ukraine – No Cristiano Ronaldo, no drawback for Juventus as Álvaro Morata scored twice to assist the Bianconeri win 2-0 at Dynamo Kyiv of their opening Champions League match on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was dominated out after testing optimistic for the coronavirus final week however Morata marked his return to Juventus by netting twice within the second half.
“Enjoying within the Champions League with this shirt is a good emotion,” stated Morata, who rejoined Juventus on mortgage from Atlético Madrid final month. “We need to get proper to the top and we’re preventing for this.
“It was necessary to win in opposition to a group that can provide you issues, as a result of they’re quick and really younger.”
Barcelona beat Ferencváros 5-1 within the different Group G match.
“Perhaps in the long run we deserved to attain one objective however usually Juve have been higher and their win was honest,“ Dynamo coach Mircea Lucescu stated. ”Now we’ve got to concentrate on our subsequent league sport and go to at Ferencváros.
“Juventus and Barcelona are groups of upper stage. We have to achieve expertise, it’s necessary for our younger gamers. Our group of play tonight provides me hope for way forward for this squad.”
The coronavirus pandemic meant a lot of the Champions League matches have been being performed with out followers, or solely a restricted quantity. However there have been 14,850 spectators allowed into the match in Kyiv.
Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie was additionally out after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
It was new Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo’s first Champions League match in cost.
Pirlo virtually noticed his aspect take an early lead however Federico Chiesa’s angled drive was turned away by Heorhiy Bushchan. The Dynamo goalkeeper virtually gifted Juventus the lead seconds later as he flapped at a nook which bounced off Giorgio Chiellini’s head and flew inches vast of the put up.
Chiellini needed to come off shortly after, within the nineteenth minute, because the Juventus defender appeared to have a thigh pressure.
Juventus virtually scored a spectacular opener within the thirty fourth when Aaron Ramsey put in a cross from the left however Bushchan pulled off a implausible save to maintain out Dejan Kulusevski’s back-heeled flick.
The Bianconeri lastly broke the impasse within the first minute of the second half. Ramsey back-heeled a cross to Kulusevski, whose effort was blocked by Bushchan, however Morata fired within the rebound.
Morata, who turns 28 on Friday, doubled his tally six minutes from time. The Juventus ahead headed in a cross from Juan Cuadrado.