Juventus 1-0 Manchester City

Juventus claimed top spot of Group D and secured their qualification for the last 16 with a match left following a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Juventus started well, but Manchester City soon came into the game and Fernandinho wasted their best chance of the half with a wildly struck shot over the crossbar. Moments later, a cross from Alex Sandro found Mario Mandzukic unmarked at the far post and he sidefooted a volley past Joe Hart and into the net. Manchester City appealed for a foul by Mandzukic (who looked around after the ball went into the net), but the goal was allowed to stand.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first of Manchester City seeming to have more of the ball, but Juventus looking more likely to score. A header from Fernando following a corner hit the post and was claimed by Gianluigi Buffon and Raheem Sterling, who came on as a substitute, connected poorly with a cross and it went wide for a corner after a deflection; besides these two chances, little of real note was created. Juventus came close to doubling their lead when Morata lifted the ball over an onrushing Hart, but Sturaro could only hit the post with his touch as he tried to divert it goalwards.

Whilst Manchester City had 59% of the ball, they created relatively little that was threatening on the Juventus goal and Buffon, with the exception of the header tipped onto the post and some poor backpasses from the defence, had quite a quiet evening. Juventus will top the group if the avoid defeat in their final game against Sevilla, which could result in Manchester City facing Barcelona in the last 16 for the third consecutive season. It must a concern for Pellegrini that the team seems to rely on Aguero for goals, is currently short of striking options and didn’t look like scoring throughout the game.

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