Juventus walked away with a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their Round-of-16 Champions League matchup with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but the Bundesliga side are in excellent position to reach the next round as well.
Carlos Tevez put Juventus up in the 13th minute only to watch Dortmund’s Marcos Reus tie things up and provide his side with a critical away goal in the 18th as the matchup turns to the second and final leg in Signal Induna Park on March 18.
Dortmund need only a 1-0 victory on their own pitch to advance to the European Cup’s quarterfinals thanks to away goal tiebreaker rules.
It’s a difficult task given Juventus’ firepower, but the Italian side has struggled in the tournament’s later rounds for the better part of a decade while Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has taken his club to at least the quarterfinals the last two years.
From the get go, the Serie A leaders' attack looked far more potent and capable of shutting down a German side that’s struggled in Bundesliga this term. But Klopp’s squad would take advantage of a Juventus blunder to keep the match close.
Tevez struck early, streaking to the net on a fast break and tapping in Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller’s botched save of forward Alvaro Morata’s shot into the net at 13-minute mark.
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 past 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 player a low cross in front of the penalty spot for a simple goal and the eventual 2-1 victory.
It was Morata's first goal of the tournament and seventh in all competitions this season.