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Champions League: Juventus Beats Ferencváros 2-1 in Turin Thriller

Balázs Frei 2020.11.25.

Yesterday, Ferencváros almost achieved a draw against Juventus in Turin, but a mistake in the 92nd minute cost the Hungarian club the match.

Ferencváros seemed unfazed by their 4-1 loss against Juve in Budapest at the start of the match. The game was surprisingly even. In the 19th minute, a lucky cross by Tokmac bounced off of the Juventus defense and into Uzuni’s lap six meters from the goal, where it promptly landed. Ferencváros was in the lead. 0-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo equalized with a beautifully fluid shot in the 35th minute, pulling away between two defenders, and without breaking his stride rocketing the ball into the lower-left corner from just outside the box. 1-1.

FTC’s defense performed admirably from then on, giving no quarter to Juventus. On occasion, they lead counterattacks, but none were successful. Then, in stoppage time, only a minute before the final whistle, the Hungarian team’s defense left a gap, and a cross landed on Morata’s head, from where it continued its brief journey into the back of the net as the Hungarian goalie Dibusz fumbled the save. 2-1.

Barcelona is currently leading Group D with 12 points, having won all their matches. Most recently, they demolished Dynamo Kyiv 4-0. Juventus is right on their heels with 9, while Kyiv and Ferencváros both only have a single point from drawing one another. Both Barcelona and Juventus have already qualified for the knockout stage. Next week, Ferencváros will be playing Barcelona in Puskás Arena.

Turin, Allianz Stadion, behind closed doors
Juventus: Szczesny – Cuadrado, Danilo, De Ligt, Alex Sandro – McKennie (Kulusevski, 62.), Bentancur (Rabiot, 83.), Arthur (Ramsey, 83.), Bernardeschi (Chiesa, 62.) – Dybala (Morata, 62.), C. Ronaldo.
FTC: Dibusz – Blazic, Frimpong, Dvali – G. Lovrencsics (Botka, 74.), Sigér (Laidouni, 74.), Somália, Heister – Zubkov (Isael, 70.), Uzuni, Nguen (Boli, 70.).
Goals: Uzuni (F – 19.) C. Ronaldo (J – 35.), Morata (J – 90+2.)

Featured photo by MTI/EPA-ANSA/Alessandro Di Marco

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