NEWS
Tuesday December 8 2015
CL: Llorente sends Juve second

Fernando Llorente prevented Juventus winning their Champions League group and put Sevilla into the Europa League with a 1-0 victory.

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The Bianconeri had already booked their spot in the Round of 16, but needed a point here to be sure of winning the group, while Sevilla would only snatch third with a victory and Borussia Monchengladbach failing to beat Manchester City. Instead, Juve lost and City emerged with a 4-2 thriller.

Mario Mandzukic, Sami Khedira, Martin Caceres, Simone Zaza, Patrice Evra, Hernanes, Mario Lemina and Roberto Pereyra were all unavailable, so there were only six Juve players on the bench. Ever Banega and Benoit Tremoulinas returned from injury, but Daniel Carriço, Gael Kakuta, Beto and Italian Marco Andreolli were sidelined. Fernando Llorente faced his former club, but Ciro Immobile was in the stands.

Alvaro Morata made an increasingly rare start and within four minutes had turned a free header over from Claudio Marchisio’s cross. The Spaniard flashed another good opportunity across the face of goal, as did Paulo Dybala, while Llorente just failed to get the necessary contact to a Yevhen Konoplyanka snapshot.

Stefano Sturaro’s header was beaten away by Sergio Rico, but Gigi Buffon needed a double save on both Llorente and the Konoplyanka follow-up at the near post.

Morata missed an astonishing opportunity on 25 minutes. Dybala knocked down a cross and the Spaniard came sliding in only to prod it wide from a yard.

Buffon again got down to palm a Llorente header off the line and Rico pushed a Dybala free kick out of the near top corner.

Straight after the restart Rico had his gloves stung by a Paul Pogba screamer and Buffon came to the rescue on an Ever Banega strike following a poor clearance.

When the goal did arrive, it was inevitably from the man who left Juventus over the summer. Llorente rose above the crowd for a flicked header from a corner, looping the ball over a helpless Buffon into the far top corner. Out of respect, he did not celebrate, though it was his first Champions League goal since November 2014.

Llorente also had appeals for a penalty due to a Giorgio Chiellini nudge and Dybala curled a stunning effort that cannoned off the crossbar.

News filtered through that Manchester City had scored twice in three minutes to go from 2-1 down to 3-2 up, sending Sevilla third and Juventus second.

Sevilla thought they had another goal, but Coke was offside following-up a Crohn-Dehli parried shot. Pogba forced a save from point-blank range at the near post after hooking a throw-in with a long limb, then Kevin Gameiro ran on to a long ball only to turn wide.

Dybala had another effort whipped just past the far post and in stoppages Juan Cuadrado chested down to set up Morata, but Rico rushed off the line to charge down the shot with his chest.

Sevilla 1-0 Juventus

Scorers: Llorente 65 (S)

Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Coke, Rami, Kolo (Mariano Ferreira 57), Tremoulinas; Krychowiak, N’Zonzi; Vitolo, Banega, Konoplyanka (Krohn-Dehli 68); Llorente (Gameiro 78)

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Cuadrado 77), Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba, Alex Sandro; Morata, Dybala

Ref: Marciniak (POL)