HT: Ferencvaros frighten Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser is the only bright spot for Juventus, who had gone behind against Ferencvaros and draw 1-1 at the break.

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The Bianconeri had to consolidate second place against a side they had recently beaten 4-1 in Hungary, but Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Merih Demiral and Gigi Buffon were out injured, leaving only Matthijs de Ligt – who made his comeback at the weekend – and Danilo in central defence. Ferencvaros missed Endre Botka and Eldar Civic, but adopted a five-man defence.

Paulo Dybala not only had a rare start, but also wore the captain’s armband and had the first chance after 15 minutes, forcing a reaction save on Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross to the back post.

However, Ferencvaros took a shock lead moments later, as Danilo slipped, allowing Tokmac Nguen to get down the right and his cross found Myrto Uzuni in front of his marker to fire in.

Juve struggled to mount much of a fightback, other than a weak Danilo header on a corner and Ronaldo scoring when several metres offside.

He was just getting warmed up, as moments later unleashed a left-foot rocket from outside the area that bounced just in front of the goalkeeper and flew into the near bottom corner.

Juventus 1-1 Ferencvaros (Half-Time)

Uzuni 19 (F), Ronaldo 35 (J)

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Danilo, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; McKennie, Bentancur, Arthur, Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo

Ferencvaros: Dibusz; G Lovrencsics, Blazic, Frimpong, Dvali, Heister; Siger, Somalia; Zubkov, Uzuni, Nguen

Ref: Siebert (GER)


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