HT: Chiesa opens Juventus account

Federico Chiesa’s header has given Juventus the half-time lead against Dynamo Kiev, while Cristiano Ronaldo rattled the crossbar.

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The Bianconeri had already qualified for the Round of 16, although first place was still potentially up for grabs from Barcelona. Giorgio Chiellini and Gigi Buffon were out injured, with Danilo, Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala rested, but Leonardo Bonucci returned.

This game was historic, as it is the first in the Champions League with a female referee, French official Stephanie Frappart.

Federico Chiesa’s snapshot was deflected wide and a series of corners created dangerous situations, but the deadlock was finally broken on 21 minutes. Alvaro Morata sprung the offside trap and Alex Sandro whipped in the cross from the left for a rare Chiesa header from seven yards.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unlucky not to double Juve’s lead, as his screamer almost cracked the crossbar from 10 yards on another Alex Sandro assist.

Wojciech Szczesny had to come flying off his line, using his body as a shield on Tsygankov after a smart chested down pass.

Juventus 1-0 Dynamo Kiev (Half-Time)

Chiesa 21 (J)

Juventus: Szczesny; Demiral, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Bentancur, McKennie, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo

Dynamo Kiev: Bushchan; Kedziora, Popov, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko; Shepeliev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Verbic, Rodrigues

Ref: Frappart (FRA)


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