Morata Shines as Juventus Claim First Champions League Win in Kyiv

Juventus kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a steady 2-0 win at Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv.

The two-time winners of Europe’s grandest prize were left disappointed last weekend, owing to a 1-1 draw at the newly promoted Crotone in Serie A. But Andrea Pirlo will be delighted with his side’s opening performance in tonight’s game in Group G, where they’re also joined by Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros and Barcelona.

Tonight’s encounter started brightly for Juve; Kyiv looked to be playing defensively from the off but were luckily enough to see Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini limp off after only 20 minutes, with what seemed to be a hamstring injury.

Pirlo’s side had the best of the first-half and chances fell to the likes of Federico Chiesa and Aaron Ramsey.

The Welshman looked bright in the first-half and set-up Dejan Kulusevski for a chance inside the box, flicking it goalbound and winning a corner. But Dynamo Kyiv grew into the fixture as the half-time whistle drew closer; Carlos De Pena had an audacious lob from distance go wide, as Mykola Shaparenko looked to use his pace to get in behind Juve.

Just 50 seconds after the restart though, Alvaro Morata would score his first of the night and give Juve the lead. Chiesa’s good work down the left fed in Ramsey who again found Kulusevki inside the box, who brought a save from Kyiv stopper Georgi Bushchan but handed Morata an easy goal with it.

Paulo Dybala came on for his first appearance under Pirlo soon after and looked sharp. But Juve, donning a questionable all orange attire, would sit on their 1-0 lead until Kyiv decided to attack some more.

With 15 minutes to go the hosts were starting to put pressure on Juventus; Vitaliy Buyalskiy had a good opportunity to work Wojciech Szczesny in the Juve goal but couldn’t find enough power in his effort, and soon after Morata would have his second.

Juan Cuadrado was the man to make the goal, finding Morata inside the box and again giving him an easy finish, although this one took a little more to beat the keeper. It capped a good night in all for Juve, who next host Barcelona in the competition.

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