Juventus confirmed their place within the Champions League knockout levels after they start subsequent yr, however solely after securing an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Ferencvaros on the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night time.
The guests had been the primary to attain within the Group G conflict by means of winger Myrto Uzuni, however Cristiano Ronaldo drew the Bianconeri degree and Alvaro Morata scored in damage time to clinch a significant three factors.
Regardless of shedding 4-1 in Budapest three weeks in the past, the Hungarian aspect will need to have taken confidence from their final go to to Turin – defeating the Previous Woman to clinch the 1965 Inter-Cities Gala’s Cup – as they took a much more proactive strategy in assault than beforehand.
With group leaders Barcelona defeating Dynamo Kiev 4-0 in Ukraine, the aim additionally secured Juventus’ progress to the Final 16 and hold alive hopes of beating the Spanish aspect to prime spot.
Andrea Pirlo’s males had been considerably bowled over by the opposition’s techniques, Ferencvaros took the lead on 19 minutes when Uzuni stabbed a deflected Tokmuc Nguen cross previous Wojciech Szczesny from shut vary, with the hosts struggling to threaten.
Nonetheless, though midfielder Oleksandr Zubkov noticed an effort from distance deflected vast moments later, it was nearly inevitable that the aspect with the worst defensive document within the competitors earlier than kick-off would ultimately concede.
Shortly after having a aim dominated out for offside, Ronaldo obtained the ball simply exterior the field, moved infield infield and unleashed a strong left-footed drive into the underside nook 10 minutes earlier than the break.
The equaliser did little to subdue Ferencvaros when the edges returned for the second interval, although, with them persevering with to place strain on the reigning Serie A champions, however had been almost punished when Federico Bernardeschi struck the publish.
On 69 minutes Juventus seemed sure to attain once more by means of Ronaldo after being slid in by substitute Morata, just for goalkeeper Denes Dibusz to provide a powerful save on the Portuguese worldwide’s ft.
The Bianconeri continued to edge ever nearer to a winner because the minutes ticked by and it was quickly Morata himself by means of on aim, however adopted Bernardeschi by hitting the upright along with his shot.
Morata had his aim two minutes into damage time, although, as Juan Cuadrado crossed from the precise wing and, whereas he headed immediately at Dibusz, the ball trickled into past him for the winner.