Rome – Italy’s Juventus was the leader of the eighth group of the group stage of the European Football Championship, after achieving a valuable 1-0 victory over its guest Chelsea on Wednesday in the second round of group matches, which also witnessed a 4-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg, Russia. Swedish Malmo.
Juventus, who won the title in 1985 and 1996, rose to six points at the top of the group, three points ahead of their closest rivals Chelsea (the title holder) and Zenit, while Malmo is bottom of the standings without a score of points.
Federico Chiesa played the championship role in the match, after scoring Juventus’ only goal 10 seconds after the start of the second half of the match, so that the team nicknamed (The Old Lady) continued its path on the right track, after achieving its third victory in a row in various competitions, after His disappointing domestic start in the Italian league.
On the other hand, this loss comes to add to the injury of Chelsea, who lost 0-1 to its guest, Manchester City, in its last match in the English Premier League last Saturday.
With this victory, Juventus continued their superiority over Chelsea for the second match in a row, after they beat the London team in the last meeting between them in the group stage of the Champions League in the continental competition version in 2012.
For his part, Zenit scored the first three points in his career in the group after his big 4-0 victory over its Swedish guest Malmo earlier today.
Zenit opened the scoring early through Claudinho in the ninth minute, before Daniil Kozaev added the second goal in the 49th minute.
Malmo’s suffering doubled in the match, after he had to play with ten players after his Bosnian player Anil Ahmedodzic was sent off in the 53rd minute, so that the Russian team took advantage of the numerical shortage in the ranks of its opponent, and Alexei Suturmin and Wendel scored the third and fourth goals in the 80th and fourth minutes of the stoppage time for the second half. arrangement.
Zenit had started his career in the group with a 1-0 loss against its host Chelsea in the first round, while Malmo lost 3-0 to its guest, Juventus.
At the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, the offensive initiative came from Chelsea, as Hakim Ziyech sent a cross pass into the penalty area, which was steadily caught by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Romelu Lukaku almost opened the scoring for Chelsea in the seventh minute, as he followed a corner from the left by Marcos Alonso creeping, to be met by the Belgian star with a direct shot, which had Chesney on the lookout.
Juventus responded with a quick attack in the next minute, which ended with Federico Bernarischi falling inside the Chelsea penalty area, to demand the visitors of a penalty kick, but the match referee indicated to continue playing.
Over time, Juventus abandoned their defensive caution, and Federico Chiesa missed an opportunity in the 20th minute, when he extracted the ball from the defense, to launch the ball until he reached the penalty area, and uniquely Senegalese Edward Mendy, Chelsea goalkeeper, but he made an incomplete shot, to pass next to the post. right hand.
And Adrien Rabiot fired a dangerous shot from the edge of the right corner of the Chelsea penalty area in the 30th minute, and it passed close to the top bar of the Chelsea goal.
Juventus got a direct free kick from a location close to the penalty area in the 40th minute, executed by Bernardeschi, but he put the ball into the human wall, ending the first half with a scoreless draw.
With the start of the second half, Juventus advanced with a surprise goal, bearing Chiesa’s signature, about 10 seconds after its start.
After a series of passes, the ball reached Bernardeschi, who sent a through pass to Chiesa, who was singled out for the goal, to hit directly with his left foot from inside the area, putting the ball over Mendy, who went out of his line to meet him, and hugged the net.
The morale of the Juventus players rose after the goal of the advance, as they imposed their control over the course of the match, in light of the apparent confusion from Chelsea, which, over time, began to regain its balance.
Benjamin Chilwell fired a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the area, in the 51st minute, but it lacked accuracy, to pass next to the right post of the Juventus goal, before Manuel Locatelli, the Italian team player, made a naive defensive gag that nearly caused him to score a goal by mistake in his team’s goal in The 53rd minute, where he tried to keep the ball away from the dangerous area, but put it right next to the left post to go out to a corner that was not used.
Bernardeschi missed a sure chance for Juventus in the 64th minute, as Juan Cuadrado penetrated the Chelsea penalty area with a great individual effort, to send a cross pass towards the Italian player facing the goal completely, but he received the ball with an imperfect direct shot that passed next to the left post.
Chelsea responded with an organized attack in the 68th minute, which ended with a long-range shot by Trevoh Chalobah, which passed far without danger on the goal, before Lukaku headed a header from a cross follow-up from the right through Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 75th minute, moving away from the left post by centimeters.
Lukaku missed a certain chance to equalize in the 83rd minute, after receiving a through pass, to find himself alone in the goal, but he shot recklessly from inside the area, to topple the ball over the crossbar.
Chelsea intensified their attacks in the last minutes, hoping to equalize, which was almost achieved in the fifth minute of added time, when Kai Haveritz followed Chilwellen’s corner to hit a header, but it passed directly over the crossbar, after which the match referee blew the final whistle. , announcing a valuable victory for Juventus over his English counterpart.