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Four-star Juve conquer Zagreb


Miralem Pjanic scored one and set up another for Gonzalo Higuain before Paulo Dybala's scorcher as Juventus conquered Dinamo Zagreb 4-0.

The Bianconeri were looking for their first Champions League win of the season after a 0-0 draw with Sevilla, but lost Medhi Benatia, Daniele Rugani, Kwadwo Asamoah and Claudio Marchisio to injury. It had been a tough time for Dinamo, as Coach Zlatko Kranjcar took over in the summer and resigned after three consecutive defeats in all competition on September 18. Caretaker manager Zeljko Sopic sensationally dropped star player Ante Coric following a row over his attitude, while Petar Stojanovic, Alexandru Matel and Ali Karimi were injured.

Gonzalo Higuain volleyed over under pressure on a Dani Alves cross and Hernanes pulled a couple of long-range efforts off target, but the tempo was initially very slow from both sides. The visitors dominated possession, as Dinamo didn't even try to get out of their own half.

Juve broke the deadlock when a long Leonardo Bonucci ball was flicked on by Leonardo Sigali, but Pjanic snuck in there before goalkeeper Adrian Semper could arrive and prodded it into the empty net.

Moments later, Dinamo should've equalised, but the crossbar came to the rescue as Gordon Schildenfeld rose to meet a Domagoj Antolic free kick.

The Bianconeri survived the scare and doubled their lead. Higuain chested and volleyed a marvellous Pjanic ball over the top, side-footing in from 12 yards. The assist from the Bosnian was Pirlo-esque.

Bonucci was decisive to intercept in the six-yard box when El Arabi Hilal Soudani sprinted down the left and pulled back for Schildenfeld, while at the other end Sami Khedira took advantage of a defensive slip, but his header was cleared almost off the line.

Pjanic went off with a left thigh twinge, so was replaced for the second half by Juan Cuadrado.

Paulo Dybala was still looking for his first goal of the season in all competition and found it with an absolute screamer from over 30 metres out, flying into the near top corner. It was only La Joya's second career Champions League strike.

Max Allegri gave Dinamo Zagreb old boys Marko Pjaca and Mario Mandzukic a run-out at the Stadion Maksimir. The winger almost scored straight away, finishing a mazy run with his curling finish as Semper parried with a combination of wrists and chin.

Dani Alves had a quiet game overall, but contributed to the fourth with a rather strange goal. Just days after his deflected effort gave Juve the victory in Palermo, he did it again. A free kick bounced into the air off Filip Benkovic in the wall and Semper failed to flap it out from under the crossbar.

It was only Juve's second Champions League victory in the last eight attempts, but put them top of the group with Sevilla, who beat Lyon 1-0.

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