Juventus would gain, lose and then regain the lead for a 2-1 halftime advantage over visiting Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s Round of 16 Champions League matchup at Juventus Stadium in Turin.
From the get go, the Serie A leaders' attack looked far more potent and capable of shutting down a German side that has struggled in Bundesliga this term. But Jurgen Klopp’s squad would take advantage of a Juventus blunder to keep the match close.
Tevez would put Juventus on the scoreboard in the 13th minute, streaking to the net on a fast break and tapping in Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller’s botched save off of forward Alvaro Morata’s shot.
The Argentine now has four goals in seven matches during the tournament, and seven goals in his last nine overall matches.
At first the lead would last only five minutes after attacking midfielder Marco Reus took advantage of defender Giorgio Chiellini’s slip in front of Juventus’ area. Chiellini missed a clearance attempt after sliding on the wet pitch, and Reus never broke stride while recovering the ball and surging to the net for a right-footed strike beyond a befuddled and clearly irritated Buffon.
Undeterred despite letting the lead slip away, Morata put Juventus back on top. Taking advantage of shoddy defending, midfielder Paul Pogba fed the former Real Madrid starlet a low cross in front of the penalty spot for a simple tap-in goal to give the Serie A titans the lead.
Dortmund's managed to keep a 56-44 possession advantage, but Juventus have been the more aggressive side.