Turin -Alvaro Morata opened the scoring on
the stroke of half-time and Simone Zaza hit his maiden Champions League goal at
the death as Juventus dominated a listless Sevilla 2-0 to go top of group D on
Juventus, last season's beaten finalists, welcomed
Unai Emery's Europa League champions to Turin looking to prove that the poor
domestic form that has seen them slump to 15th in Serie A is simply a blip.
By the end of a completely one-sided
encounter, it became apparent that Sevilla's own domestic woes are likely to
pose a much bigger threat for them this season.
Emery tried to put a positive spin on his
side's horror show.
"Juventus were last season's beaten
finalists and a side with top quality players, so we expected this to be a
tough encounter," said Emery.
"We still have to work on a lot of
things but I regard tonight's performance as positive given the amount of
players I had out injured."
Bizarrely, Juventus, 2-1 winners at
Manchester City, are now top of the group with more points from two Champions
League games than they have earned in six Serie A outings.
"The big difference is we have six
points from the Champions League and five from Serie A," joked Juve coach
Massimiliano Allegri when asked to explained his side's ability to rise to the
occasion in Europe.
After applauding his side's "great
game", Allegri praised Sami Khedira's impressive display after the German
World Cup winner returned to action after two months on the sidelines.
"He's a world class player, tonight
(Wednesday) he did well, showed his qualities and his skills. I'm very happy
for him," added Allegri.
After just 30 seconds Paul Pogba spurned a
great chance for the hosts when he mis-hit Morata's chip over a thankful Sergio
If fans thought it was a flash in the pan,
they would be soon mistaken.
Juventus settled quickly and were in
complete command, annulling the threat of the listless Spaniards as they went
about laying the foundations for Morata's opener four minutes from the
Brazilian Hernanes and Paulo Dybala, with a
great curling effort, came close early on while Khedira, making his first
appearance since hobbling off 25 minutes into a pre-match friendly with
Marseille, was making a great impression on the 32 908 spectators.
The German was given rousing applause when
he deftly chested down a long ball at the left byeline to set up Dybala, but
the Argentinian wasted the opportunity in front of goal.
Juventus finally broke the deadlock on 41
minutes when Morata rose above the Sevilla defence to meet Juan Cuadrado's
delivery from the right byeline and beat Rico down low at his far post. It was
Morata's second goal in the competition this season after his late winner at
"I'm happy for my goal, but more happy
about our win," said the Spaniard.
Juve resumed where they had left off after
the interval and created two quick chances immediately after the restart
although Dybala's deflected toe poke was blocked by Rico's legs and Pogba fired
a bicycle kick effort well over the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Cuadrado's movement and pace was too much
for French left-back Benoit Tremoulinas, and on 64 minutes the on-loan Chelsea
forward skipped by two players to set up Patrice Evra deep on the left but the
Frenchman's low delivery for Dybala yards from goal was deflected out.
Emery made two quick substitutions, Ciro
Immobile replacing Gameiro and Vicente Iborra coming on for Steven N'Zonzi, although
the changes made little difference.
Sevilla spent the next 10 minutes
ball-watching as Juventus passed around at will, until Cuadrado broke the
monotony with a vicious drive from outside the area that Rico did well to
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri replaced
Morata with Zaza in the dying minutes and the Italy international seized his
chance in style.
Dybala did well to hold off his markers to
send the Italian on a long run that ended with his angled strike beating Rico
down low on 87 minutes.