Italian domination in the Champions League: Juve bends United and mortgage qualification, Roma crashes Cska

Italian domination in the Champions League: Juve bends United and mortgage qualification, Roma crashes Cska

Italian domination in the Champions League: Juve fold United and mortgage qualification, Roma crashes Cska EPA / PETER POWELL

ROME – Italian teams fly in the Champions League . Showdown of Juventus who won in Manchester, risking very little, and mortgaging the qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League with three rounds of advance. The Bianconeri have five points ahead of United, seven points on Valencia and eight on Young Boys. Juventus always wins and never suffer goals, a virtually perfect battleship.

Rome, after the initial slap in Madrid, started to march like last year. He scored five goals for Viktoria Plzen and three goals for Cska Moscow, who had just returned from Real Madrid, without conceding. Dzeko travels at an impressive goal average, 5 goals in 3 seasonal games in the Champions League. The Giallorossi have hooked Real Madrid at the top of the group standings.

Juve mistress in Manchester, Dybala man Champions

Italy returns to the center of the Champions League, and Juventus is at the center of the A series of successes in Europe. Mourinho had defined it as favorite for the final victory, tonight saw the field comfort his prediction. The draw with Genoa was just a minor incident on the way: Juventus showed it by winning (1-0, Dybala goal, Cristiano Ronaldo's assist) at Old Trafford, a stadium that reminds her of the unfortunate final lost on penalties in 2003 against Milan.

Measure success, but after having dominated Manchester United far and wide. And now the transition to the round of 16 and the first place in the group are almost safe: three rounds from the end Juve to full score 9, Manchester stopped at 4, Valencia 2, Young Boys 1. For the 'Red Devils' only one real gasp, the pole hit by Pogba (30 'st) with the ball then flopped on the face of Szczesny and then in corner. For Mourinho another disappointment, but did not give up one of his shows: fingers to dial the number 3 in the direction of Juve fans, with probable reference to the Triplete won by the coach at the Inter when he was really 'Special One'.

A gesture that the 4,000 Juventus fans present in the Manchester tribunes have greeted with a forest of whistles and a sample of insults, interlude to applause for their team. Perfect in the first half, the Juventus team controlled the late and non-irresistible reaction of United, conceding in the second half only one goal-ball, that of Pogba, in fact. Proof of great solidity, which almost made boring a match that the UEFA had presented as the most interesting in the group stage of Champions.

Juventus has subdued the United as Allegri had studied, but perhaps more than he would have thought: great movement of everyone on the field, ball moved from one side to the other, very high team. Complete mastery, the United submissive with half an hour full without ever leaving the 'prison': the inspiration of Poga, the former that Juventus would like to bring back to Turin, too much Lukaku forward, little helped by the trio behind him Rashfordf-Mata-Martial. 'Red devils' on the defensive with former Special One Mourinho unable to shake her, almost resigned to the bench. The Juventus goal was logical consequence, even close to the 1-0 of the first 45 ', signed by Dybala after the cross chiseled by CR7 that has sent the United defense in confusion.

There would be a double: Cancelo could do it (22 '), after an exchange with Ronaldo, but the 2-0 could get out of the feet of Ronaldo or Matuidi in the 38': punishment-bomb of CR7, rejected by De Gea, Matuidi and new rejected goalkeeper. For United, some ideas for Martial and Pogba after 30 ', but only a successful header Pogba (16').

De Gea, with a flight at the crossroads, has canceled the possible doubling (6 'st) to Ronaldo, served by Cuadrado, then Juventus sold a little of the field to United, risking only once to be reached. Exam fully exceeded even if Mourinho's Manchester did little to counter the Bianconeri.

Dzeko and Under crash the Russians

The Roma in the league is a team too much affordable, soft, which plots and therefore disappointed; in the Champions League, on the other hand, it is a compressor roller: amusing, scoring and winning. Cska Moscow knows something about it, sniper of Real Madrid a few weeks ago, overwhelmed at the Olimpico by De Rossi and his companions, which fall a magnificent 3-0 Implacabile and at times sparkling, the team coached by Eusebio Di Francesco, in the last two seasons , at home has only won victories in the European tournament: zero defeats and a draw (with Atletico Madrid).

But not only: he showed off a bomber of race like Edin Dzeko, able to beautify 150 games in the Giallorossi with 80 goals (some of which are really very beautiful). A Rome big numbers and big names, very careful and focused, gives a brilliant night, good to inflate the hearts of the fans if this season had not made the habit of ups and downs that torment Di Francesco.

But for tonight Rome is giving the record in the Group G Champions League hand in hand with Real Madrid, who defeated the Viktoria Plzen. While from outside the Olympics come the echoes of the terrible accident on the escalator involving Russian fans and close to the stadium clashes between the ultrà bring stabbing of a Muscovite, inside the stadium Di Francesco in the heating loses Kluivert and chooses El Shaarawy, who will be the protagonist – not by chance – of the lukewarm evening of the Giallorossi. The beginning of Rome, Kluivert aside, is creepy and Chalov takes only 180 seconds to take the breath to an entire stadium, with a conclusion that Olsen puts in the corner with a feline leap, by applause.

Many remember the enterprise of CSKA Moscow against Real Madrid, starting with the Giallorossi themselves; so, in the assault on Forte Apache, a rather low pace is preferred. The wait, against potentially dangerous adversaries, is a good adviser. Lorenzo Pellegrini 5 'finds himself the ball between his feet and the door almost open, but seeks a lob too abstruse how ineffective that is lost over the bottom.

The Roma phrases and waits for the right moment to strike: he finds it at the exact half hour, with Dzeko, who closes a triangulation between Lorenzo Pellegrini and El Shaarawy, stuffing from a few steps. It is the fourth goal of the Bosnian in the Champions League.

At 43 ', after another parade by Olsen and a pair of formidable closures by Manolas – a veritable insurmountable wall – the fifth of the series also arrives: this time on the development of a rugby-style action, which sees engaged De Rossi, Under and, once again, El Shaarawy. Dzeko's right foot is surgical, with the ball slipping in the lower right corner of Pomazun, an unfortunate substitute for the suspended Akinfeev.

Rome opens the second half as it had closed the first: that is, forward. At 5 'is Under to close the game, with a left-footed flight on the head of Dzeko. There is also a shot by Florenzi close to the crossroads, denying the talent of the year home.

From that moment begins the management of the game by the Giallorossi who, when they can, lengthen and touch the goal. Which instead marks Nababkin, but the referee cancels for offside. In the end there is only time for a miracle of Pomazun with the help of the pole, on the blow of Manolas. Poker would have taken on the contours of a show, but that's okay.

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