A goal in the last breath of the Swede Dejan Kulusevski allowed the Juventus win by the minimum at home Zenit Saint Petersburg (0-1) and reinforce its leadership in group H of the Champions with three wins out of three, ahead of Chelsea, which adds up to six points.
It was an Italian match in which both teams played without goals. Neither Chiesa neither Morata They had their day, but the entrance of the young man Kulusevski (21 years) halfway through the second part was providential.
Aware of their inferiority, the Russians bet to give the ball to the Italian squad and go on the counterattack taking advantage of the slowness of the visiting centrals, Bonucci and De Ligt. The Russian web broke at 86 minutes. The local technician paid dearly for his racanería.
Massimiliano Allegri tonight returned ownership to Álvaro Morata, who was accompanied on the bands by Chiesa and Bernardeschi. He promised the Bianconera lead, but did not give a right.
While, Sergei Semak He came out with his usual trident made up of the giant Dzyuba and the brazilians Malcom and Claudinho. Precisely, Claudinho, Olympic champion with Brazil, was the first to disturb the rival goal with a shot with his bad leg, his right, after a heel pass from Malcom. Before the change of trajectory of the ball, Szczesny he had to work hard to avoid the goal in the 18th minute.
As the minutes passed, the Italians took control of the ball, but Morata balls barely reached him. Perhaps because Zenit actually played with three centrals, with the Ukrainian Rakitsky of false left back. ChiesaUsually a roadrunner, he barely had room to run and only tried with shots from outside the area, both very wide.
Very poor the first part of the Vecchia Signora, which seemed to settle for a draw after winning the first two Champions League games.
Allegri must have harangued his people, since his players came out much more plugged. In five minutes a magnificent low pass to the back of the Russian defense of Morata left completely alone McKennie, but he couldn’t get past Kritsyuk in his desperate exit.
But the locals responded with a magnificent play by Claudinho, whose shot inside the area beat the Polish goalkeeper of the Juventus and came out licking the left post of the visiting goal.
The transalpine coach lost patience and made a triple change. All hopes lay in the Swede Kulusevski, who already left an imprint of his class in the past Eurocup.
Morata He tried after a pass from Arthur, but his shot missed the door, as did McKennie’s plate shot. The entrance of Kean by the Spanish striker he did not add mordant to the visiting front.
It had to be Kulusevski the one who broke the boards on the scoreboard shortly after the final whistle by combing a magnificent cross from the left of By Sciglio, header that hit the post and burst into the local goal (86 ‘)
The Russians played the bugle in the last minutes, but Bonucci did not leave any loopholes and the Juventus he is approaching the round of 16 of the maximum continental competition with an immaculate record.