Two second-half strikes from Carlos Tevez ensured the Bianconeri began their Champions League campaign with a win for the first time since 2008, when a solitary Alessandro Del Piero goal was enough to overcome Zenit.
After registering draws with FC Copenhagen and Nordsjaelland in the two previous European seasons, it looked to be a case of history repeating itself as a dominant Juventus were kept at bay by their disciplined Scandinavian opposition.
But a few half-time tweaks by Massimiliano Allegri enabled the hosts to find their way in behind a deep five-man rearguard shortly before the hour mark, and Tevez was quick to pounce, guiding a low finish into the corner for his first Champions League goal in 1003 minutes of play.
With the jinx now firmly off his back, the Argentine went on to register his first ever Champions League double, which came courtesy of a majestic free-kick on 90 minutes that left visiting goalkeeper Robin Olsen with no chance.
Here is a more detailed look at the main statistics from last night:
Crosses made by Stephan Lichtsteiner: a joint-record in yesterday’s games.
Juventus shots on goal, seven of which hit the target. It was another quiet night for Gigi Buffon, who was called into action just once early on.
Ball possession enjoyed by the commanding hosts.
Martin Caceres shone in several respects last night, topping the passes completed leaderboard (80) and making the most recoveries (20).
Pass completion rate: a record for the Bianconeri in a single Champions League game since 2003/04.