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Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv Moscow: Paulo Dybala brace rescue host after Miranchuk gave the Russians a shocking first-half lead

Paulo Dybala scored twice in a hurry to spare Juventus’ Champions League blushes as they fought back to beat Lokomotiv Moscow.

Aleksey Miranchuk gave Lokomotiv the lead on the half-hour mark as the Russian team threatened to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season in the competition.

But Dybala levelled in the 77th minute and doubled his tally two minutes later to help Juventus keep pace with Atletico Madrid at the top of Group D. 

MATCH STATS

Juventus: Szczesny, Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, Alex Sandro, Khedira (Higuain 48), Pjanic, Matuidi (Rabiot 65), Bentancur, Dybala (Bernardeschi 81), Ronaldo 

Subs not used: Danilo, Rugani, Demiral, Buffon

Goalscorers: Dybala 77, 79 

Booked: Cuadrado, Matuidi 

Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme, Ignatiev, Murilo, Howedes, Corluka, Idowu, Krychowiak (Kolomeytsev 83), Barinov, Joao Mario, Aleksey Miranchuk , Eder

Subs not used: Zhivoglyadov, Kvirkvelia, Magkeev, Tugarev, Kulikov, Kochenkov

Goalscorers: Aleksey Miranchuk 30

Booked: Krychowiak, Barinov

Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos

The result sees them keep pace in the table with Atletico Madrid, with the two sides looking well placed to reach the knockout phases after their respective successes on matchday three.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo Bonucci spurned opportunities and Juve were made to pay on the half-hour mark when Miranchuk clinically fired home with a stunning left-footed volley after Wojciech Szczesny had palmed Joao Mario’s shot back into the danger area.

Sarri introduced Gonzalo Higuain for Sami Khedira soon after the restart in an attempt to change his team’s fortunes and the striker twice threatened in the latter stages.

Juve’s pressure eventually told with 13 minutes remaining when Juan Cuadrado slipped a ball inside to Dybala, who curled wonderfully inside goalkeeper Guilherme’s right post from the edge of the penalty area.

And his heroics continued two minutes later when Alex Sandro’s long-range effort was parried into his path, as he demonstrated textbook technique to strike low beyond the Lokomotiv keeper.

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