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Juventus 1-0 Manchester City

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
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Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with the game's first shot on target

Juventus joined Manchester City in the Champions League knockout stages by beating Manuel Pellegrini's men to move top of Group D.

Fernandinho blasted over from close range for the visitors before Mario Mandzukic volleyed last season's losing finalists ahead soon after.

Fernando had a header tipped onto the post for City after the break, before Stefano Sturaro hit the post for Juve.

Substitute Raheem Sterling squandered a golden chance to equalise late on.

The Italians will now finish top of the group if they win at Sevilla in their final match.

Manchester City's miserable night was compounded when goalkeeper Joe Hart was replaced late on because of injury.

Are City ready to challenge in Europe?

Pellegrini has overseen City's previous best Champions League campaigns by reaching the last 16 in the past two seasons.

But, having qualified for the last 16 with ease this time round, City are yet to prove they are ready to establish themselves among Europe's elite.

Having been hammered 4-1 at home by Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, they reacted positively by matching the Serie A champions for long periods.

They had lots of the ball, created several chances against a usually solid Juventus, and would have earned a point had Sterling been able to turn home from about six yards.

The worry remains defensively for City as, like in past seasons in Europe, they were cut open too often by their opponents - albeit with a number of players missing.

The only goal saw the visitors caught with too many men forward, not for the only time, and that is something you cannot afford to do in the latter stages.

Champions League group

How important is finishing top?

Manchester City had already qualified from the group but the importance of finishing top cannot be underestimated.

Finishing second the past two years cost them as being drawn against Barcelona both times meant the end of their tournament.

Top spot means you avoid playing against the other group winners in the next round, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Defeat in Turin leaves City potentially facing another very tough last-16 tie.

If Pellegrini's side do finish second they will hope Chelsea and Manchester United do not top their respective groups, because if they did it would reduce the number of clubs they could draw - increasing the chance of meeting the trio mentioned above.

Mario Mandzukic goal
Paul Pogba (10) drove forward deep into Manchester City's half to create Mario Mandzukic's (17) volleyed opener.

Paul Pogba or Yaya Toure?

Juventus' Paul Pogba and Manchester City's Yaya Toure started in similar attacking midfield roles.

Both are key players for their teams but it was former Manchester United player Pogba, 22, who looked the more capable of having a positive contribution.

A sublime flick by the France midfielder almost created the opener for Juve, before he started the move for Mandzukic's winner.

Toure's passing accuracy was actually better than Pogba's but it was the latter's dynamism that caught the eye with the 32-year-old Ivory Coast international dropping increasingly deeper.

Man of the match: Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Mario Mandzukic
The Juve midfielder (right), who was reportedly a target for Manchester City last season, was at the heart of most of their good attacking moments, including playing a key role in the winner for Mario Mandzukic (left)

Stats you need to know

  • Both of Mario Mandzukic's goals in the Champions League for Juventus this season have come against Manchester City
  • None of Manchester City's 33 Champions League games has ended goalless, and they have kept only four clean sheets. Only Basel have played more games in the competition without ever registering a goalless draw (46)
  • Manchester City's eight goals in this season's competition have been scored by eight different players
  • Manchester City have never scored more than one goal in their six matches against Juventus
  • Patrice Evra became the second French player to make 100 Champions League appearances, after Thierry Henry.

What next?

Manchester City finish their Champions League group campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach. They need to rely on Juventus not beating Sevilla and them winning to finish top of the group. In the Premier League, Manchester City entertain Southampton on Saturday.



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 27Sturaro
  • 8Marchisio
  • 10Pogba
  • 12Alex SandroSubstituted forEvraat 78'minutes
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forMorataat 55'minutes
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forJu Cuadradoat 82'minutes


  • 7Zaza
  • 9Morata
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 18Lemina
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Neto
  • 33Evra

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1HartSubstituted forCaballeroat 81'minutes
  • 3SagnaBooked at 69mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 30Otamendi
  • 22Clichy
  • 6Reges
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDelphat 60'minutes
  • 15NavasBooked at 69mins
  • 42Y Touré
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forSterlingat 69'minutes


  • 7Sterling
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Delph
  • 50Maffeo
  • 53Tosin
  • 59Celina
Dr. Felix Brych

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamMan City
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 1, Manchester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Manchester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nicolás Otamendi.

  8. Post update

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  14. Post update

    Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefano Sturaro.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Juan Cuadrado replaces Paulo Dybala.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Willy Caballero replaces Joe Hart because of an injury.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 25th November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid5410113813
3Shakhtar Donetsk5104712-53
4Malmö FF5104113-123


2Man Utd52215418
3PSV Eindhoven52126607
4CSKA Moscow511347-34


1Atl Madrid531192710
4FC Astana5032410-63


2Man City53028629
3B Mgladbach512268-25


3B Leverkusen5122121115
4BATE Borisov5113512-74


1Bayern Munich54011731412
4Dinamo Zagreb5104312-93


2FC Porto531196310
3Dynamo Kyiv52217438
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv5005115-140


1Zenit St Petersburg5500124815
2KAA Gent52126607
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