A year after a frustrating 1-1 draw with Nordsjaelland at Parken Stadium, a combination of imprecise finishing and more importantly the misfortune of coming up against a goalkeeper in truly inspired form last night meant that Juventus once again left the ground thwarted, this time by FC Copenhagen.
It is fair to say that Antonio Conte’s men dominated that fixture last year, but the stats show that yesterday they were even more in control.
Such was their pressure on the opposition goal that they had 16 corners to FC Copenhagen’s three and topped the overall table of efforts on goal on the first Champions League matchday with 25 shots.
And the fact that nine of those needed saving shows how extraordinary FC Copenhagen’s keeper Johan Wiland was in keeping the Bianconeri at bay. Apart from Fabio Quagliarella’s strike, which was so powerfully struck into the roof of the net that no goalkeeper would have had much of a chance, the Swede was impenetrable.
In one moment of magic he showed outstanding reactions to tip over a Giorgio Chiellini header having been forced to readjust a split second earlier after Angelo Ogbonna’s scuffed shot.
Then the FC Copenhagen goalie pulled off another miraculous close-range stop moments later to leave Paul Pogba staring up at the sky in disbelief.
Juve also had the better of the possession, making 629 passes compared to Stale Solbakken’s side’s 512, and had 58% of the ball in the second half when they were pushing for the winner. And were it not for Wiland they would surely have found it.