CR7 fires Juve to UCL last 16

UEFA Champions League

Juventus progressed to the UEFA Champions League last 16 with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Ferencvarosi TC on Tuesday evening

Paulo Dybala returned from Saturday’s win over Cagliari with Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie and Rodrigo Bentancur the other headline inclusions for the Old Lady.

Dybala provided Juve’s first real chance on 14 minutes after getting on the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s cutback to volley in from the back-post, but it was beaten away by Denes Dibusz.

Juventus were behind before the midway stage after Myrto Uzuni attacked a first-time cross from the right to plant a smart finish past Wojciech Szczesny despite the presence from Juan Cuadrado.

Ronaldo drew the home side level on 35 minutes with a low shot to the near side of the area giving Dibusz no chance, having had a strike of similar kind disallowed minutes prior.

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Juventus put the visiting side under intense pressure early in the second half, as Dybala tested Dibusz with a smart effort before Federico Bernardeschi rattled the post from a free-kick.

Andrea Pirlo’s side struggled to get a strong-hold on the contest with 62 minutes gone, as he went on to introduce three straight offensive changes in Alvaro Morata, Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.

Ronaldo had a chance for back-to-back braces in as many matches minutes later from a smart ball over the top of the defence, but Dibusz rushed from his goal-line to thwart the move.

The post rescued Ferencvaros again in the last 15 minutes off a smart strike from Morata following a through ball from fellow substitute Chiesa.

Morata made sure in stoppage time when the Spaniard applied a first-time finish from Cuadrado's cross before squeezing a free header past Dibusz, as Juve ensured progression to the last 16.

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