With forward Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 41st minute leading the way, Juventus shook off its domestic woes to remain undefeated in Champions League group play by claiming a 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday at Juventus Stadium.
Marred by a mere five points and one victory in six Serie-A matches, Massimiliano Allegri’s side now stand as the only perfect squad in Group D. Juventus began Champions League play by downing Manchester City, 2-1, and now maintain a three-point lead following City’s nail-biting victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
A hero with five goals in last year’s run to the finals, the young Spaniard Morata notched just his second goal in all competitions this season off a gorgeous header that Sevilla had little chance of stopping. Morata was also the culprit in putting City away with his strike in the 81st minute two weeks ago.
With Juve effortlessly working the ball around Sevilla’s penalty area, Juve defender Andrew Barzagli launched a cross from the right wing as Morata skied for the header and buried the ball into the bottom right corner past keeper Neto.
Juve midfielder Simone Zaza would pad the lead in the 87th minute, breaking away from a broken down Sevilla defense for a one-on-one stare down with Neto. He calmly slotted the right-footed shot between the keeper's legs.
Prior to the match, Allegri was forced to reshuffle his backline due to Martin Caceres' suspension, but the unit responded by allowing only one Sevilla shot throughout the match. Longtime Juve keeper and Italian hero Gianluigi Buffon would parry that singular attempt by Sevilla forward Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Juve can continue running the group table when they next meet Monchengladbach on Oct. 21, while Sevilla try to stay alive against City.