Champions League, Italians in the second round: Juve beat Valencia, Rome crashes against Real and thanks Plzen

Champions League, italiane agli ottavi: Juve batte Valencia, Roma crolla contro Real e ringrazia il Plzen

Champions League, the exultation of Mandzukic after the qualifying goal at Valencia
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ROME – Mission accomplished for the Italian teams, both Juventus and Roma qualified for the Champions League first knockout rounds with an early turn but the evening they experienced is very different. Juventus have won against Valencia but have not yet the certainty of the first place, which will have to win on the last day of the group, because United is still two. Roma have been crashed at home by Real Madrid and have only qualified thanks to the success of the Plzen on the field of CSKA Moscow. The Giallorossi, who have passed the group for seconds, have come out among the fans' whistles.

Roma-Real Madrid 0-2, goals: Gareth Bale 46 'and Lucas Vazquez 59'

Group G standings: Real Madrid 12 (qualified first), Roma 9 (qualified as second), Cska Mosca and Viktoria Plzen 4.

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Rome does not get up again. After the slap in the league in Udine, there is also the home defeat, 0-2, against Real Madrid convalescent of this part of the season, overwhelmed last Saturday in the Liga by the Basque Eibar. The team of Eusebio Di Francesco, the first home Ko inside after seven consecutive times at the Olimpico (last season included) had won the Champions League challenges, holds for a while, then returns that springs too many times this season.

Without a game, with little grit and an attack in which Schick, deployed in place of the unavailable Dzeko, continues to disappoint, resulting inconsistent. Good luck for the Giallorossi team, and for the Olimpico public (more excited for the tribute to Totti in the Hall of Fame than for the match), that before the beginning the most beautiful news of the evening had arrived, and precisely from the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow where the Viktoria Plzen winning at the CSKA home had delivered in Rome and Real the qualification in advance.

At the match between two of the last year's semi-finalists, therefore, a bit of pathos remained in perspective first place in the group. But only until the first goal, of Bale on Fazio's 'tribute'. And after the doubling of Lucas Vazquez, 14 'st, away to the protests of the south corner with backing vocals against the players, President James Pallotta and the dg Mauro Baldissoni. But to risk more of all now is Di Francesco, whose bench would become really hot in case of a new internal defeat next Sunday against Inter.

At home, Madrid is surprised by the unexpected decision of the coach Santiago Solari to send Isco to the stands: he had never been with him, but from here he does not even take him on the bench. Last minute physical problem or quarrel with the coach, in the Casa Blanca is (almost) always time for controversy. For the rest is the Real winner of the last Champions but without Cristiano Ronaldo, not just any, and without even the injured Casemiro, whose contribution to the midfield is difficult to replace.

Di Francesco instead does not change form, continues with the 4-2-3-1 and must leave out Dzeko. He then confirms Schick, relaunching the young Zaniolo (who made his debut in the Giallorossi at the Bernabeu) in the role of playmaker instead of the injured Lorenzo Pellegrini. Florenzi plays outside low on the right wing behind Under. After 22 minutes the home team lost El Shaarawy, forced to exit after being fouled by Modric.

Just the Croatian director had committed to 20 'Olsen, while the blaze of Rome occurred on 33', with Varane risking the right to save on Cristante after the corner of Under, and even a minute later with Carvajal who 'walled up' a conclusion by Fazio and Courtois ch rejected Schick's subsequent rebound, ball to Kolarov and shot to the side. But the best opportunity for Roma 'devoured' at 46 ', when Zaniolo Cengiz Under's cross kicked the stars with his left and in front of the door wide open.

The roar of public disappointment shook the Olympic. Not even the time to return to the field for the recovery, and at 1'03 "from the beginning the Real passed with Bale, quick to take advantage of a busted referral of Olsen (who shortly after was redeemed with an exit on the same Bale launched to the network ) and the subsequent involuntary head assistance by Fazio.

After the goal it took little to understand that Rome had 'remained' in the locker room: on 24 'doubling the reigning European champions with Lucas Vazquez who was making the most of his right-footed lead by Benzema on the cross of Bale. 0-2 and virtually ended match because of the absence of bite by the home team penalized by absences and a state of form certainly not optimal.

Rome's only reaction is a Kolarov shot from outside the area, fifteen minutes from the end. For the rest nothing, only the paradox of a Rome that goes to the sixteenth of Champions soundly challenged by his audience.

59 '- Real Madrid doubling. Benzema's header and Vazquez's winning entry into the empty net.

46 '- Fazio defensive blunder and easy goal for a champion like Bale

45 '- Under devours a goal with an empty goal on Zaniolo's assist

Rome (4-2-3-1): Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, Nzonzi; Under, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy; Schick. Coach: Di Francesco

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, M. Llorente, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Bale. Coach: Solari

Juventus-Valencia 1-0, goal: Mandzukic 59 '

Group H standings : Juventus 12 (qualified), Manchester United 10 (qualified), Valencia 5 and Young Boys 1.

The qualification of Juventus in the knockout stages of the Champions League postponed three weeks ago for the final harakiri against Manchester came thanks to a 1-0 victory over Valencia. The first place the bianconeri will have to conquer it in mid-December in Bern, at the Young Boys' home. The Manchester on the card still insidia after the 1-0 in extremis on the same Swiss, tonight at Old Trafford.

To break the balance in the score lasted almost an hour, a paw of Manduzkic punctual on the invitation of Cristiano Ronaldo. A piece of superfine class, the play of CR7 that has in practice hidden the ball to two defenders in ambush, making it reappeared for the passage dry and grazing in full area for the Croatian. A point was enough for the certainty of the Champions League sixteen, three of them arrived.

Juventus in the first half, despite having almost always firmly in control of the game, with Bentancur and Matuidi masters of the midfield and Dybala to space all over the front, has failed to be very effective in the last 16 meters, creating two dangers only , at the beginning of the match a touch of Ronaldo out of shortly after Dybala's serpentine and towards the end a left outsider of Cancelo (42 '). On the contrary, Sevilla, just at the end of the first 45 minutes, created the clearest opportunity: on a corner kick, a header from Kondogbia and a great response from Szczesny on the goal line. The Bianconeri, however, had claimed for a couple of suspicious interventions in the penalty area, a matter from Var, if it already existed in the Champions League. And they were probably right on the trip of Kondogbia to Pjanic, served in the area by Dybala.

The Scottish referee Collum, on the other hand, had no doubts about letting play. Chiellini's request was more questionable, as he fell to the ground while detaching in the area, moved from Diakhaby. Active in Valencia, determined to try the shot without falling into the error of bravado, even a right-footed Wass (27 ') and a foot exit, just outside the area of ​​a Szczesny always responsive on Santi Maria launched a network (38 ') by a vertical touch of Guedes. A change for part after the interval: in the Juve out Alex Sandro inside Cuadrado, in the Valencia Rodrigo replaced by Gamiero.

Bianconeri still 4 in defense with Cancelo moved to the left and Cuadrado to the right. A quarter of an hour of Juventus' increasingly pressing attacks and Mandzukic's goal on the CR7 space assists arrived. At 23 'Neto raised a left-wing Dybala in the corner, five minutes later still the former Juventus goalkeeper flew the ball on a header from Ronaldo on the corner kick beaten by Dybala. Juve to the eighths, with 90 'in advance.

59 '- Juventus ahead. Large number of Cristiano Ronaldo, assist to the kiss for Mandzukic who can not miss the empty net

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo. All: Massimiliano Allegri

Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Wass, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gayà; Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gonçalo Guedes; Rodrigo, Santi Mina. All. Marcelino Garcia Toral

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