27.07.2017 05:15 - in: Tour - Field S

    Juve top PSG in five-goal thriller

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    Claudio Marchisio's double seals a dramatic win over PSG in Miami

    A crowd of 44,444 was treated to a show on Wednesday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami as Juventus defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 behind a double from Claudio Marchisio. 

    The see-saw match-up saw Juve take two leads only to be pegged back by their French counterparts, however a last-minute penalty kick ensured victory for the Bianconeri.

    Juve nearly found the opening goal in just the fourth minute as Paulo Dybala ran into space on the side of the box, cutting onto his left foot and sending a curled shot that flashed just to the wrong side of PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s far post.

    The Parisians thought they had taken the lead in the 33rd minute as a Juve turnover was touched to Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan was able to slip his shot past Buffon only to be denied by the offside flag. 

    Juventus would be rewarded for their attacking efforts on the stroke of half-time as Dybala played in Gonzalo Higuain with a wonderful ball. The Argentine made no mistake one-on-one with Areola to give the Bianconeri a 1-0 lead seconds before the break.

    Massimiliano Allegri made ten changes at half-time, only keeping Gianluigi Buffon on the pitch and it was the Parisians who equalised in the 53rd minute. Angel Di Maria danced through the box before sliding it to Gonçalo Guedes who tapped into the open goal.

    It didn’t take long for Juve to respond. 17-year-old Moise Kean made a great run down the right side before cutting centrally and sliding a pass to Claudio Marchisio. The Juventus veteran emphatically struck a left-footed effort into the goal giving Juve a 62nd-minute lead.

    Second-half substitute Carlo Pinsoglio incredibly preserved the lead for Juve in the 76th minute. Layvin Kurzawa’s cross found Jese unmarked six yards from goal, but the Italian somehow got a right hand on the shot to deny the Spaniard.

    PSG would eventually level the scores again in the 80th minute. Giovani Lo Celso found Kurzawa ghosting into the box. His cross was met by the head of Javier Pastore who finished smartly to tie the match at 2-2 with ten minutes left to play. 

    A match full of drama had one final twist as Kean was taken down in the box by Presnel Kimpembe. Referee Ted Unkel pointed to the spot and Marchisio finished in the 89th minute to record his second goal of the match and give his side a 3-2 victory.

    Juventus now head back to Boston where they will complete the 2017 International Champions Cup on Sunday at Gillette Stadium against Roma.

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