Five Bianconeri were involved in what represented the final night of World Cup qualifiers of this October international break, one which brought about mixed results for the men who will now be making their way back to Turin ahead of Saturday’s return to league action with the visit of Udinese to Juventus Stadium.
Kicking off the evening’s events in Hannover, Sami Khedira would star in Germany’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland, the midfielder scoring the hosts’ second goal following Julian Draxler’s opener to keep Die Mannschaft top of their group.
Dani Alves too tasted victory on the night, the right-back playing the full 90 minutes of their 2-0 triumph over Venezuela thanks to strikes by Gabriel Jesus and Willian, which sees the Selecao overtake Uruguay in first place in the South American qualifying group.
Playing their part in this turnaround at the top of the table were Juan Cuadrado’s Colombia, who held Uruguay to a 2-2 draw. Cuadrado featured for the whole encounter and provided the cross for Fernando Mina to equalise for the hosts in the 84th minute. The result sees Colombia sit in joint third place, level on points with Ecuador and four off Brazil.
Argentina, meanwhile, fell to a 1-0 defeat against Paraguay in a game Gonzalo Higuain started and Paulo Dybala was introduced in the 59th minute. The loss means that the Albiceleste currently occupy fifth place, five points off the summit.