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Sunday 10 December 2017

Morata's superb strike puts Juve into the driving seat

Juventus' Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund
Juventus' Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund
Carlos Tevez

JUVENTUS overcame a blunder by Giorgio Chiellini and a first-half injury to playmaker Andrea Pirlo to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a fast and furious Champions League tie.

Carlos Tevez tapped in from close range to give the Serie A champions a 13th minute lead, only for a slip by Chiellini five minutes later to let in Marco Reus for a clinically-taken equaliser.

In a passionate atmosphere, Juventus suffered another blow in the last 16, first leg when Pirlo went off injured just after the half hour. But a superbly-taken goal by Alvaro Morata just before halftime gave them a precious lead for the second leg.

Juventus got their much-needed early break in a move started and finished by Tevez.

He cleverly flicked the ball to Morata on halfway, the Spaniard burst down the left and produced a cross-shot which Roman Weidenfeller could only parry to Tevez and the Argentine tapped in from close range.

But disaster struck for Juve five minutes later when defender Chiellini slipped giving a clear run on goal for Reus who planted the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.

The mistake rattled the hosts and when they lost Pirlo to injury, Dortmund took control.

Against the odds, Juve regained the lead two minutes before halftime with Tevez and Morata involved again. Tevez worked the ball to Paul Pogba and his low cross fell for Morata to sidefoot past Weidenfeller.

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