A spirited performance enabled Juventus to come back from a goal down to end their 19-year wait for a Champions League triumph on English soil courtesy of last night’s 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Mario Mandzukic’s first European goal in the black and white stripes got the Bianconeri revival up and running on 69 minutes, while Alvaro Morata sealed a perfect start to Group D when he curled home his fourth goal in as many Champions League matches inside the final 10 minutes.
Manchester City had won each of their previous five competitive games this season, without conceding a single goal, but Paul Pogba’s precision pass, one of two main chances created on the night by the Frenchman, enabled Mandzukic to prise open the Citizens’ rearguard for the first time in 635 minutes.
Down the other end, Gigi Buffon was in imperious form, making five saves in total, two of which proved vital in denying Raheem Sterling what appeared to be certain goals.
As City threw on extra attacking bodies in search of a winner, Juventus completed a sensational turnaround when Morata bent the ball beyond Hart to end the Bianconeri’s barren run on English territory in some style.
The last triumph? A 1-0 success over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The winning goal? Alessandro Del Piero.