Juventus have started their 2021/22 Champions League campain with a 3-0 win against Malmo. The Bianconeri get their first clean sheet in 19 matches and regain confidence ahead of their clash with AC Milan this weekend. Max Statman gives you a quick breakdown and the player ratings.
Juve’s first goal came in the 23rd minute, when Alex Sandro headed in a cross by Cuadrado. Shortly after Alex Sandro got the opportunity to double Juve’s lead, but his shot just went wide. The star of the first half undoubtetly was Alvaro Morata. His runs behind Malmo’s defence caused a lot of trouble.
Morata tried to whip Malmo’s goalkeeper, but he managed to keep it out. Then the Spanish striker earned a penalty, which was converted by captain Paulo Dybala. Just before half time, Morata scored the Bianconeri’s third goal of the evening with a superb finish in the top right corner.
When the second half started, Juventus continued creating chances. One of them was a beautiful counter attack. Morata gave the ball to Cuadrado, who immediately handed it to Dybala. The Argentine passed it to Morata with a backheel pass, but Malmo’s goalkeeper was able to save Morata’s shot. Malmo tried to make life difficult for Juve, but they struggled with the Bianconeri’s high press.
Substitutes McKennie and Kean almost scored Juve’s fourth goal. McKennie gave a fantastic pass that put Kean in front of Malmo’s goalkeeper, who he comfortably dribbled around. He finished it off, but unfortunatly the flag was up. Kean was Juve’s most dangerous player in the last part of the match. Another player who made a good impression during the game was Szczęsny, who looked confident.
Alex Sandro 7.5, De Ligt 7, Bonucci 7, Danilo 6.5
Rabiot 6.5, Locatelli 7, Bentancur 6.5, Cuadrado 7.5
Dybala 7.5, Morata 8.5
Substitutes: McKennie 6.5, Kean 6.5, Ramsey -, Kulusevski -, Rugani –