Published On: Wed, Nov 25th, 2015

Player Ratings: Juventus 1-0 Manchester City

Mandzukic JuventusJuventus beat Manchester City 1-0 in their Champions League Group D game at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday evening to move to the top of the group with one game remaining.

Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal of the game with a cool finish from an Alex Sandro cross in the first half.

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Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon – 6.5 – Cool
Had to make a smart intervention to stop Aguero scoring following a bad back-pass and made an excellent low save following a City corner. Both were crucial in Juve keeping a clean sheet.

Andrea Barzagli – 6.5 – Capable
Coped well with the threat of De Bruyne and exhibited the understanding that has become characteristic of his partnership with Bonucci and Chiellini.

Leonardo Bonucci – 6.5 – Calm
Made several challenges and interventions and was a calming influence at the back but his distribution out of defence was not as accurate as usual.

Giorgio Chiellini – 6.5 – Committed
The usual committed performance from the veteran defender who also looked threatening on occasion when charging out of defence with the ball.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 6 – Quiet 
Almost scored in the first half following a good exchange with Mandzukic and although he patrolled the right-flank as usual, his involvement in the game was fleeting.

Alex Sandro – 7 – Aggressive 
Tenacious in defence and daring going forward, a strong wing-back performance from the Brazilian. Provided the assist for Mandzukic’s opener with a great cross. Substituted after 78 minutes.

Stefano Sturaro – 6- Unseen  
Didn’t get on the ball as much as his two fellow midfielders and as a result went unnoticed for much of the game despite some honest pressing of the opposition.

Claudio Marchisio – 6.5- Dictator 
Assured performance from the experienced campaigner that was key to his side controlling the midfield area. One mistake did almost gift City a goal however after a poor back-pass.

Paul Pogba – 7- Composer 
Displayed all his usual skill on the ball and made the most of the space he was afforded by City’s midfield to orchestrate Juve’s attacks.

Mario Mandzukic – 7- Goal 
Good finish from Alex Sandro’s cross for the opening goal and had the better of Otamendi physically. Substituted in the second half for Morata.

Paulo Dybala – 6.5- Buzz 
Had a couple of nice dribbles and was full of running but struggled to produce an end product to threaten Joe Hart’s goal. Substituted after 82 minutes.

Substitutions

Alvaro Morata (55 minutes) – 6
Had two strong runs into the City penalty area but missed both the resulting one-on-one’s with Hart.

Patrice Evra (78 minutes) – N/A
Had little involvement after replacing the impressive Alex Sandro at left wing-back.

Juan Cuadrado (82 minutes) – N/A
Had a shot blocked shortly after coming on but had little influence following that.

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