Juventus, the Italian club, won a precious victory at the expense of its guest, Chelsea, with a goal without a response, on Wednesday, at the “Allianz Stadium”, in the Group H of the European Football Championship.
Juventus chose to enter the match in a purely defensive style, affected by the many absences in their attacking line, after Argentine Paulo Dybala and Spaniard Alvaro Morata were injured against Sampdoria in the last round of the Italian League.
Juventus’ style of play gave their opponents Chelsea a greater advantage in possession of the ball, but the European champions in the previous season were unable to penetrate the tight Juventus defense, and could only threaten Szczesny’s goal on one occasion, from a kick by the Belgian Romelu Lukaku and the Polish goalkeeper easily saved.
The most dangerous opportunity in the first half came through Federico Chiesa, who extracted a ball from the middle of the field and smashed it towards the Chelsea goal and hit the right post a few centimeters, so that his French colleague Adrien Rabiot tried his luck with a long shot over the crossbar.
The confrontation ignited with excitement at the start of the second half, as Juventus managed, after only 10 seconds, to open the scoring after a lightning attack that Federico Berandski ended with a wonderful pass for Chiesa, who shoved the ball past Chelsea with a beautiful shot.
After the goal, Chelsea tried hard to decipher the Italian defense through several attempts, but coach Massimiliano Allegri’s team continued to fight in its back areas and managed to keep a clean sheet until the end.
For the sake of the same group, Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg rained four goals on its Swedish guest, Malmo.
Zent scored the goals of Claudinho, Daler Kozyev, Alexei Suturmin and Wendell, in the 9th, 49th, 80th, and 90+4 minutes.
With this, Juventus topped the standings with a full 6 points, followed by Zenit with 3 points, with a goal difference from Chelsea, and finally Malmo comes with zero points.