Juventus 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund (Ch.League)


Borussia Dortmund kept the clean sheet that they knew would see them progress to the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League with a resolute 0-0 draw in Turin against a combative Juventus. Surman made three changes from the side that put six past Schalke, recalling Neven Subotic and Viktor Fischer to the starting eleven, and starting Andreas Beck after his three-week injury layoff.

It’s the first goalless draw for Dortmund under Surman, and they were good value for it. Mats Hummels lead the rearguard superbly, and picked-up the man-of-the-match award after making some great clearing headers during the match. Juventus looked dangerous from long throws into the box, but the BVB captain was the coolest man in Turin.

Tonight was arguably the stiffest test that BVB have faced all season, and they can take heart from the limited opportunities they offered Juventus who were largely reduced to long-range shots. The hosts did hit the outside of the post twice though, but you make your own luck and Dortmund pick up the point that confirms their progress to the First Knockout Round.

   UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Group H, Matchday 4 

                     JUVENTUS 0-0 BORUSSIA DORTMUND

                                                  Att: 41,000
   Juventus Stadium, Turin. Breezy 9°C. Ref: T.Øvrebø (Norway)


           JUVENTUS                   BORUSSIA DORTMUND    
30. Marco Storari         7.0  |  1. Roman Weidenfeller   7.3
 3. Giorgio Chiellini (c) 7.0  |  2. Andreas Beck         7.0
19. Leonardo Bonucci  [Y] 7.5  |  4. Neven Subotic        7.8³
13. Davide Astori         8.4  |  5. Mats Hummels (c)   * 8.9 
 6. E.Giaccherini     [Y] 6.8³ |  3. Marcel Schmelzer     7.1
 8. Claudio Marchisio     7.0  |  6. Sven Bender          7.0
22. Kwadwo Asamoah        7.0  | 24. Ivan Perisic         7.0
23. Arturo Vidal      [Y] 6.7  | 19. Kevin Großkreutz     7.0
10. Sebastian Giovinco    6.5¹ | 11. Marco Reus           7.0²
27. Fabio Quagliarella    6.6² | 23. Julian Schieber      7.0
 9. Mirko Vucinic     [Y] 6.6  |  7. Viktor Fischer       6.9¹
------------------------------ | -----------------------------
35. Laurentiu Branescu     .   | 20. Mitchell Langerak     .
 4. Martin Cáceres         .   |  8. Ilkay Gündogan       6.9¹
 7. Simone Pepe           6.5³ | 14. Taye Taiwo            .
11. Léonard Kweuke         .   | 15. Felipe Santana       7.0³
15. Andrea Barzagli        .   | 16. Lasse Sobiech         .
32. Alessandro Matri      6.8² | 17. Marc Hornschuh        .
39. Luca Marrone          6.6¹ | 21. Daniel Ginczek       6.6²

Match Report from @realtimeFM:

“It’ll be a tight game but I think Dortmund will lose this one. Juventus are on a high and home advantage should be enough to get them the victory.” – Vicenzo Indelicatio, Italian Football Messenger.

[00] Dortmund get us under way here in Turin. A draw will see them progress, while Juventus could really do with all three points tonight with Arsenal likely to beat Olympiakos in London tonight.

[06] Nervous start from both sides it seems, Sven Bender is protecting his back four well, looks like he’ll be key to Dortmund’s successes tonight.

[11] Victor Fischer puts the ball into the box for Marco Reus but it’s headed behind for the first corner of the game. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic head towards the near post.

[11] Reus puts it right into the six yard box for Julian Schieber but it’s headed behind by a defender. Second corner cleared away.

[15] First effort of any note, Fabio Quagliarella fires a low shot well wide from 20 yards.

[16] …And a second after Asamoah slips the ball to him when Großkreutz gives away a sloppy pass in the middle.

[17] Dortmund have a free-kick 25 yards out, just to the left of the D. Marcel Schmelzer tees it up for Marco Reus to bend it round the wall but Storari is equal to it. Fine save. Giaccherini prevents it going for a corner.

[25] Giovinco puts the ball right across the six-yard box. Weidenfeller doesn’t collect it and Schmelzer hammers it away before Giaccherini can pounce. Corner.

[26] Giovinco’s corner curls right towards the far post. Mats Hummels heads it away off the line, that looked like it was creeping in!

[27] Sven Bender wins the ball well from Asamoah but slips playing it away, giving it straight to Giovinco. He turns inside the area and smashes a shot narrowly wide of Weidenfeller’s right-hand post. Great chance for the hosts.

[28] Dortmund have another corner. Schieber’s cross for Perisic headed behind. Reus’s corner leads to a second. That’s thumped away and Juve counter quickly. Marcel Schmelzer lucky not to earn a yellow card for a foul on Vidal.

[32] Chiellini picks up on a loose ball that was headed away by Subotic. He takes a touch to set himself before smashing it against the post from 10 yards out.

[33] Mikel Arteta has put Arsenal 1-0 up against Olympiakos from the penalty spot.

[36] Bonucci’s header back to his ‘keeper is short, but Schieber’s effort is tame and Storari gathers.

[37] Vidal hits the outside of the post with a curling shot from 20 yards. Juventus really pressing hard now.

[44] Corner for Juventus. Hummels heads away again.

HALF-TIME: Juventus 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Group H)

[HT] Both sides have made a change at the break. Juventus have brought on Luca Marrone in place of Sebastian Giovinco (6.5) on their left wing. Dortmund switch to a 5-man midfield as Ilkay Gündogan comes on for Viktor Fischer (6.9).

[47] Chiellini’s long throw is allowed to bounce in the Dortmund box. Sven Bender hacks it away before any damage is done. Mirko Vucinic clatters Neven Subotic in the aftermath and is cautioned.

[50] Emanuele Giaccherini joins his teammate in the book after a shirtpull on Schmelzer.

[54] Juventus win a pair of corners back-to-back. They’ve come flying out of the blocks in this second half. Mats Hummels is keeping Dortmund in this with great clearing headers.

[56] Marco Reus plays a great ball to Kevin Großkreutz who gets to the goal line but his cross towards Schieber is over-hit. Juventus make their second change², Alessandro Matri comes on for Quaglierella (6.6).

[58] Juventus win another corner. Subotic heads away, ball picked up on the left by Andreas Beck who drives forwards but the counter attack breaks down.

[60] Long way to go, but Dortmund have weathered the storm since the break and are getting back into the game. Reus and Gündogan at the heart of their going forwards.

[61] Ivan Perisic is clattered by Leonardo Bonucci right in front of the Dortmund technical area. Yellow card from the Norwegian referee who has to calm the bench down too.

[64] Arturo Vidal is on the end of a cross coming in after a Juventus corner is cleared, but his header is straight at Weidenfeller.

[67] Flag stays down against Vidal, he squares it for Asamoah but Beck makes a great challenge.

[68] Substitution³ for Juventus: Simone Pepe replaces Giaccherini (6.8).

[69] Simone Pepe’s first involvement is a spot of handbags with Mats Hummels. Both players warned by the referee.

[73] Substitution² for Dortmund: Daniel Ginczek makes his debut, replacing an exhausted Marco Reus (7.0).

[76] Matri takes a touch inside the box and lines up a shot but Hummels challenges and knocks it out for a corner. He’s having a great game for Dortmund.

[78] Laurent Koscielny has doubled Arsenal’s lead over Olympiakos. 2-0.

[79] Third change for Dortmund³, Felipe Santana is coming on for Neven Subotic who took a knock at the last corner (7.8).

[80] We’re inside the last ten minutes. Dortmund clinging on to the clean sheet they need to progress tonight. They defend deep, nine men behind the ball, leaving Perisic and Schieber forward for breaks.

[84] Asamoah draws a fantastic save from Weidenfeller. His shot from 20 yards was arrowing towards the top corner.

[87] Astori makes a great challenge on Ginczek as the striker bursts forwards with the ball. Hard work undone immediately by Arturo Vidal who clatters into the Dortmund man and gives away a free-kick, and gets cautioned for his troubles.

[88] The introduction of Ginczek has given Dortund some pace against the tired legs of the hosts. Corner. Cleared but BVB win a free kick 20 yards out.

[89] Julian Schieber bends it round the wall but it’s easy for Storari to gather.

[90] Three minutes will be added on.

[93] One last chance for the hosts. Simone Pepe swings the ball into the box from the right but Matri can’t get on the end of it.

FULL TIME: Juventus 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Group H)


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