CL: Juventus put four past Ferencvaros

Alvaro Morata bagged a brace before Paulo Dybala pounced on two shocking Ferencvaros defensive errors, as Juventus won 4-1 in Budapest.

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The Bianconeri had Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini back after the home defeat to Barcelona, though Merih Demiral was suspended, Alex Sandro and Matthijs de Ligt still injured. The Hungarians had lost their opener 5-1 to Barca and held Dynamo Kiev 2-2.

It took just seven minutes for Juve to break the deadlock in rainy Budapest, as Juan Cuadrado burst down the right on to a Leonardo Bonucci pass and rolled it across the six-yard box, beyond Ronaldo, but ready for Alvaro Morata to tap in.

Federico Chiesa combined with Ronaldo for a shot charged down, while Oleksandr Zubkov wasted from a very promising position when found relatively unmarked.

It should’ve been 2-0, but Morata tried to send Ronaldo through rather than go for goal himself, allowing Miha Blazic to make a sensational last-ditch tackle.

Cuadrado had two incidents with a shoulder-to-shoulder, one when he was attacking, one defending against Somalia, and the referee judged both the same way.

Rodrigo Bentancur replaced Arthur for the second half, reportedly due to a stomach complaint, and Aaron Ramsey followed soon after with another muscular injury. Ronaldo failed to make the most of Ferencvaros giving the ball away in the final third, as he dragged the angled drive off target with Morata waiting.

He learned from it, as moments later CR7 got down the right and rolled across the edge of the area, Weston McKennie let it through with a dummy and Morata swung the right boot to fire into the top corner.

Paulo Dybala came off the bench and immediately went for a lob off target, but was gifted his first goal of the season moments later. It was a catalogue of Ferencvaros errors, from the over-hit Blazic back-pass to clumsy Denes Dibusz attempt to get it under control, Dybala just had to deposit into an empty net.

Incredibly, the hosts then did the same thing again with another terrible back-pass, Dibusz doing even worse with his control, but this time Dybala’s finish got the final touch from Lasha Dvali’s acrobatic and failed attempts to clear off the line.

There was still time for Ferencvaros to get a consolation goal, as Wojciech Szczesny parried the first Frank Boli attempt with his knees from close range, but could do nothing on the rebound.

Ferencvaros 1-4 Juventus

Morata 7, 60 (J), Dybala 72 (J), Dvali og 81 (J), Boli 90 (F)

Ferencvaros: Dibusz; G Lovrencsics, Blazic, Dvali, Botka (Heister 68); Somalia, Kharatin, Siger; Zubkov (Uzuni 80), Isael (Boli 73), Nguen (Mak 73)

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado (Frabotta 76), Bonucci, Chiellini, Danilo; Ramsey (McKennie 53), Arthur (Bentancur 46), Rabiot, Chiesa (Bernardeschi 76); Morata (Dybala 68), Ronaldo

Ref: Grinfeld (ISR)


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