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Juventus reach knockouts with win over Zenit as Dybala scores brace

Juventus are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as a Paulo Dybala brace helped them to a 4-2 win over Zenit St Petersburg in Turin.

The Old Lady made an electric start and went close as Bernardeschi forced a smart save from Stanisllav Kritsyuk and Dybala hit the post.

But the Zenit backline’s luck eventually ran out when Dybala found space from a corner, his half-volley bouncing beyond Kritsyuk and into the net.

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The hosts were cruising and looked likely to double their lead, but energy levels dipped for five minutes and Zenit took full advantage of their temporary lapse in concentration.

Vyacheslav Karavayev found space on the left and his looping cross was met by Leonardo Bonucci, but the ball looped off his head and into the net beyond the helpless Wojciech Szczesny.

Juventus started the second half back on top with Dybala the menace-in-chief, shooting at will from inside and outside the box.

And he was given a chance from the penalty spot when Chiesa was tumbled inside the box by Malcom.

Dybala sent the penalty well wide but was given a second chance as two Zenit players had entered the area, and the Argentine made no mistake the second time, grabbing his second of the game and handing the lead back to Juventus.

And the brilliant Chiesa – a threat all evening – grabbed the goal his performance deserved and put the game to bed as he skinned Dejan Lovren and Dmitri Chistyakov before rifling past Kritsyuk.

Morata added a fourth for fun in the last ten minutes to ensure all three points and a place in the last 16 for Juventus, despite Sardar Azmoun’s injury time effort.


Paulo Dybalo (Juventus). The Juventus forward had a licence to shoot in Turin and took every opportunity to do so. Dybala gave his side the lead with a brilliant half-volley after just 16 minutes, and gave them back the lead with his second from the spot that he dispatched so cooly after missing his first go. Only a few excellent saves denied him a hat-trick.

TALKING POINT – Juventus into knockouts

The Old Lady languish in ninth in Serie A but you wouldn’t have guessed they were struggling domestically as they qualify for the Champions League knockouts with 12 points from 12.

It’s a perfect record so far for the Italian giants who will now duke it out with Chelsea over who gets top spot.

That said, Zenit are still in with the tiniest of chances should they win their next two and Chelsea lose. But, no matter what happens there, Juventus are home and dry.


Juventus: Szczesny 6, Danilo 7, Bonucci 6, De Ligt 7, Sandro 7, Chiesa 8, McKennie 7, Locatelli 8, Bernardeschi, 7 Morata 6, Dybala 9. Subs. Arthur 5, Rabiot 5, Rugani n/a, Kulusevski n/a.

Zenit: Kritsyuk 7, Rakitsky 6, Chistyakov 6, Lovren 5, Karavayev 6, Mostovoy 6, Wendel 6, Barrios 7, Sutormin 6, Claudinho 5, Azmoun. Subs. Malcom 6, Drugovoy 5, Dzyuba 5, Yerokhin 5, Kuznetsov n/a.


11′ GOAL! JUVENTUS 1 ZENIT 0 (Dybala). And there’s the goal! Bernardeschi swings in a corner which is nodded on by De Ligt into the feet of Dybala. The forward hits it first time and it bounces into the ground and into the net. Juve lead! Fully deserved.

26′ – GOAL! JUVENTUS 1 ZENIT 1 (Bonucci og). Stunning! Zenit level! Karavayev whips in a ball down the left and Bonucci rises highest to meet it. But unfortunately for the Italy defender it loops up and over Szczesny and into the net.Top bins that. A brilliant header. Wrong end of the pitch.

55′ – PENALTY TO JUVENTUS! Chiesa is bundled to the ground and the ref points to the spot. It’s a stonewall pen but the Zenit players are claiming Morata fouled one of their players in the build-up…Pen stands anyway.


58′ – GOAL! JUVENTUS 2 ZENIT 1 (Dybala). Dybala is a very lucky man! He steps up for a second time and sends it the same way except this time he tucks it just inside the post. Juventus lead again!

73′ – GOAL! JUVENTUS 3 ZENIT 1 (Chiesa). Chiesa has the goal his performance deserves and is that game over? He skins Lovren and Chistyakov with one dummie and rifles into the corner past Kritsyuk. Brilliant goal. Brilliant player.

82′ – GOAL! JUVENTUS 4 ZENIT 1 (Morata). There’s the fourth! Morata has his goal! It´s a calamity at the back that let´s the Spaniard through on goal and he slides past Kritsyuk. Game. To. Bed.

90+2′ – GOAL! JUVENTUS 4 ZENIT 2 (Azmoun). The very definition of a consolation goal as Azmoun benefits from some pinball inside the Juve box and slides past Szczesny.


Dybala has scored six times in ten appearances across all competitions for Juventus this season.

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Zenit Saint Petersburg v Juventus – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between FC Zenit and Juventus with Eurosport. The match starts at 21:00 on 20 October 2021.
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Bumbling Bianconeri steal Saint Petersburg showdown late on

It finished 1-0 to Juventus at the Saint Petersburg Stadium as they finally breached Zenit Saint Petersburg’s staunch resistance in Group H.

In a game lacking in many clear-cut chances, the Bianconeri struggled to break down their hosts who held firm in a back five shape that frustrated Massimiliano Allegri’s men for 87 minutes.

The first half’s highlights were limited: the best coming from left winger Claudinho, who stung the palms of visiting goalkeeper Wojieich Szceszny with a powerful, dipping effort from range on 18 minutes, and European Championships hero Federico Chiesa had three sightings of goal that he should’ve done better with as both sides’ left wingers looked the brightest of a dull bunch.

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After the restart, the tempo improved, yet there was no real improvement in chances created.

A Claudinho attempt that went well wide was the closest that the home side would come, although Dmitri Chistyakov tested Szceszny with a flicked header from a corner just before the break.

American international Weston McKennie would be dangerous with his bending runs in behind the defence, and on numerous occasions he had headed opportunities, and he came particularly close on 74 minutes, guiding a clipped cross just wide.

The little Brazilian Claudinho would continue to be the game’s brightest spark: trying his luck from range a few more times before the game’s end, with the match fizzling out.

But, three minutes from time, super-sub Dejan Kulusevski popped up, glancing Mattia de Sciglio’s inswinging cross back across Stan Kritsyuk and into the far corner to give Juve the victory.

Improvements must be made from both sides in the next matchdays to come. Juventus still lead the group – they maintain their 100% record – but they must be better when they travel to Stamford Bridge.

Weston McKennie, Zenit-Juventus, Getty Images

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Granted, they were up against a compact back five in a partisan atmosphere, but one would expect a side with the personnel quality of Juventus to create more chances than they did.

That could well have been down to the absence of Paulo Dybala.

The Argentinian playmaker was a sore miss today, with his decoy runs from deep, his orchestration and vision for that penetrative pass all things that could have ensured a much more comfortable scoreline for Allegri and his side tonight.

Manuel Locatelli and Arthur when he came on tried their best to dictate play from deeper positions, and Federico Bernadeschi was disappointing off the right.

Chiesa was lively but faded, and he was particularly poor with his finishing; wasting at least three decent opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet.

Regardless, the Italians have won the game and remain in the driving seat of the group. Dybala can’t have been that much of a miss.

Juventus’ Swedish forward Dejan Kulusevski celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Juventus in Saint Petersburg on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA

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Zenit: Krisyuk 6, Karavaev 6, Chistyakov 6, Lovren 6, Rakitskiy 7, Santos 6, Barrios 6, Wendel 6, Malcom 6, Dzyuba 5, Claudinho 7, Azmoun 6, Sutormin 6, Kuzyaev 6, Krugovoy 6, Yerokhin 6.

Juventus: Szceszny 6, de Sciglio 6, Bonucci 6, de Ligt 6, Sandro 6, Mckennie 6, Locatelli 6, Bentancur 6, Chiesa 6, Morata 5, Bernadeschi 5, Cuadrado 6, Kulusevski 7, Arthur 6, Kean 6, Ramsey 6.


A man undeserving of being on the losing side.

He gave his all on and off the ball; the home side’s brightest creative spark, brightening in the second half when the Russians began to look flat and tired.

He didn’t quite have his shooting boots on today, but had he, we could well be speaking about a very different result.

He teased Mattia de Sciglio with his tricky dribbling and thorny positioning in the pockets between the lines, and showed why Zenit aren’t all just about his compatriot Malcom on the right flank.


18: CLOSE! Bernadeschi slips… it comes to Malcom, who feeds Claudinho from range! Szceszny makes the save. First real sighting of goal for either side.

44′: CLOSE! Corner met by Christyakov! Held by Szceszny.

52′: Claudinho… Alex Sandro missed it… Malcom… looks for his compatriot again! Good covering block from de Ligt.

87′: GOAL!!!! Kulusevski! Finally! Bonucci switched the ball brilliantly to de Sciglio, and the Swede glanes it back across the goalkeeper for 1-0.


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