Juventus vs Valencia – Report on the Football Match – 27 November 2018


Juventus won a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when a brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo helped set Mario Mandzukic to give them a 1-0 win over Valencia on Tuesday.

The Serie A champions struggled to break the Valencia defense until Joao Cancelo slipped the ball into Ronaldo in the Valencia area in the 59th minute of Group H.

Ronaldo misplaced Gabriel Paulista with some fancy footwork, giving him space to roll a low cross in front of the goal for Mandzukic to turn from two yards.

Juventus are top with 12 points from five matches while Valencia, third with five points, were eliminated after second-placed Manchester United beat Young Boys 1-0.

Needing a draw to qualify, Juventus took some risks and the first round only produced one shot on target for each side.

Ronaldo tested Neto with an early shot easily handled by the Brazilian, while Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made a brilliant save under the bar to prevent Mouctar Diakhaby's header in the break.

Ronaldo, sent off at the first meeting between teams in the group, tried again with a low free kick after halftime but again Neto did it comfortably.

Diakhaby had the ball on the Juventus goal two minutes after Mandzukic's goal but the Frenchman used his arm to deflect a free kick and it was inscribed.

Paulo Dybala had a shot handed over by Neto and Mandzukic was close again from another inspired Ronaldo, the Portuguese this time controlling the ball on his chest and hooking it back in one move, when Juve drove home.


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