Villarreal 1 – 1 Juventus


Dusan Vlahovic scored the second fastest ever goal for a Champions League debutant as his Juventus side were held to a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in a first leg of the round of 16 on Tuesday.

Dusan Vlahovic scored in the first minute of his Champions League debut for Juventus but Dani Parejo earned a 1-1 draw for Villarreal in the first leg of their last-16 clash.

Vlahovic, who scored for free, made his European arc for Juve after his £66.6m move in January from Fiorentina and needed just 33 seconds to put the visitors ahead in Spain .

Clean chances were rare, but Parejo appeared in the 66th minute to leave the encounter well in place ahead of the return leg in Turin next month.

It was the first meeting between the teams, and Vlahovic showed his quality straight away, grabbing a through ball from Danilo after Villarreal lost possession in midfield and guided his shot inside the far post.

Tottenham loanee Giovani Lo Celso should have equalized in the 14th minute but, after being set up by a brilliant run from Alfonso Pedraza, he could only find the post-and-bar angle.

Villarreal huffed and huffed for the rest of the first half without really creating anything significant, while Juve just sat back and sounded out the break.

The pattern didn’t change at the start of the second half, but the hosts, last year’s Europa League champions, kept trying to find the breakthrough, and it arrived with 24 minutes to play.

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Dani Parejo equalized Villarreal midway through the second half

Etienne Capoue sent a ball to Parejo in the middle of the penalty area, and he exploited the space to overcome Wojciech Szczesny.

Juve were dealt another blow in the final 10 minutes when Weston McKennie limped off.

Vlahovic booked the game with the last chance, running on a pass from Alvaro Morata but this time seeing his shot saved by Geronimo Rulli.

And after?

Juventus host Villarreal in Turin for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on 16 March; kick off 8 p.m.




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