Juventus secured an opening Champions League win of the season in convincing fashion on Tuesday night as they swept aside Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 at the Stadion Maksimir.
The Bianconeri began brightly from the off, Gonzalo Higuain hooking a volley over the bar and Hernanes drilling inches wide from distance in the game’s early stages.
However, the visitors would not have to wait much longer, the 24th minute to be precise, before breaking the deadlock, as Miralem Pjanic read the deflection on Leonardo Bonucci’s through ball perfectly before playing the deftest of touches to poke home past Adrian Semper for a deserved opener.
And one goal became two just seven minutes later when Pjanic carved open Dinamo’s defence with a lofted through ball that found Higuain lurking in the area and the Argentine made no mistake in hitting the net for the fifth time this season in all competitions, his first away from Juventus Stadium.
If the Bianconeri were already in control of matters in the first half, they ran away the match nine minutes after the break thanks to a wonderful long-range strike from Paulo Dybala.
Picking up the ball from at least 25 yards out, La Joya barely needed to look up before rifling inside Semper’s near post – a stunning way to open his account for the campaign.
The closing stages saw former Dinamo men Marko Pjaca and Mario Mandzukic brought on to the applause of all corners at the Stadion Maksimir and the former would test Semper with a sharp shot in the 75th minute.
Ten minutes later, Juve were celebrating a fourth goal of the evening when Dani Alves’ free-kick took a wicked deflection into the net in what represents the third time in as many matches that the Brazilian full-back has made a key scoring intervention.
The victory takes Massimiliano Allegri’s men to the summit of Group H on four points after Sevilla defeated Lyon 1-0 in Spain.