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Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League”

The former AC Milan boss was open about the problem following yesterday's 2-1 comeback win against Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League.

Juventus rallied from a freakish Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

When you also consider the 3-2 Supercoppa defeat by Lazio and 3-0 thrashing by Barcelona in the Champions League, the departure of influential defender Leonardo Bonucci takes on more and more significance, which should all provide encouragement for a visiting team that has scored the majority of its goals away from home in two of the three seasons under Jorge Jesus.

After the unfortunate own goal, Higuain's close-range shot five minutes later was blocked before Rui Patricio dived to keep out a Khedira effort.

And their woes deepened with an opening goal for Sporting that was a personal horror show for Sandro.

Jeremy Mathieu then helped out his keeper with a crucial touch to deny Mandzukic before Paulo Dybala poked a shot wide.

The 27-year-old, who recently became a father to a baby boy who he named "Lion", has started off the new season fairly impressively, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances for Nice to knock on the door the Italian national side.

But Pjanic broke through, sending a free-kick awarded for a Rodrigo Battaglia foul on Pjanic over the wall and into the net.

Allegri was clearly unhappy with what he had seen and sent his players back out early for the second half.

Brazilian winger Costa had been on the pitch for less than a minute when he crossed from the left for Mandzukic to score with a low header at the back post.

Sporting had one glorious chance to equalise but Seydou Doumbia was unable to get a touch on Fernandes' pass with the goal gaping.



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