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    Memorable opening UCL matchdays

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    As the Bianconeri get ready for another campaign in Europe’s premier club competition, Juventus.com takes a look at a few memorable matches in previous Champions League openers
    Bruges 1-2 Juventus, 14 September 2005

    Goals from Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet saw Juventus on their way to victory in their first Champions League group game of their 2005-06 campaign, which would see the Old Lady ultimately reach the quarter-final stages.

    In the first half, the Bianconeri found opposing keeper Stijn Stijnen in fine form, as he thwarted a lively Trezeguet on three occasions before tipping Manuele Blasi’s close-range header over the crossbar, as, miraculously, the first half ended goalless.

    However, there was little that the Bruges stopper could do about Nedved’s 66th minute free-kick, which he placed with precision around the wall into the bottom corner.

    Just eight minutes later Trezeguet made it 2-0. After receiving a delightful dink over the defence from Mauro Camoranesi, the Frenchman timed his first-time lob over Stijnen to perfection.

    The keeper would make another brilliant save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic before his side scored a late consolation goal courtesy of Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo’s header.

    The win would precede another four in a group from which Fabio Capello’s men would qualify for the knockout stages as leaders.

    Hamburg 4-4 Juventus, 13 September 2000

    Filippo Inzaghi was the hat-trick hero as Juventus and Hamburg scored four apiece in a highly entertaining night in northern Germany.

    Igor Tudor headed in from a corner to put the Bianconeri in front in the sixth minute before Tony Yeboah scored a header of his own to draw the hosts level.

    Inzaghi netted the first of his three strikes in the 36th minute and would add a second shortly after half-time as Carlo Ancelotti’s men raced into a 3-1 lead. The forward’s opening goal was a delightful chip over keeper Hans-Jorg Butt, his next a smart angled finish.

    However, the home side responded strongly with three goals in the space 17 minutes, Mehdi Mahdavikia bundling in before Butt swept home from the spot.

    When Niko Kovac turned in a free-kick with just eight minutes remaining, it looked like the Bundesliga outfit would record an historic win, but the visitors achieved parity after Inzaghi was felled in the box and converted the subsequent penalty to bring back a hard-fought point to Turin.

    Dortmund 1-3 Juventus, 13 September 1995

    Juventus fought their way back from a goal down to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Westfalenstadion in their first ever match in the newly branded Champions League, setting up a series of wins towards winning the competition the following May.

    Former Bianconero Andreas Moeller put the hosts in front in the first minute with a strike from outside the box before Michele Padovano pulled one back with a pinpoint header in an action-packed opening quarter of an hour.

    A 20-year-old Alessandro Del Piero gave the visitors the lead with a moment of brilliance in the 37th minute. Picking up the ball on the left flank, the forward tricked his way past Dortmund’s defence and, cutting onto his right, whipped the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

    Juve’s second goalscorer then turned provider in the second half, when his cross found an onrushing Antonio Conte, whose diving header nestled into the net to cap off a wonderful evening for the Old Lady in Westphalia.

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