Season’s Champions League runners-up

Last season’s Champions League runners-up Juventus came from behind to start their group stage campaign with a win over Manchester City on Tuesday. It wasn’t a brilliant performance from the Italian side, but two moments of pure quality saw a controversial Giorgio Chiellini own-goal canceled out by strikes from from Mario Mandžukić and Álvaro Morata. SB Nation Soccer

City almost broke the deadlock within a couple of minutes, when a sloppy Stefano Sturaro giveaway allowed Fernandinho to send Raheem Sterling through on goal. However, Gianluigi Buffon was on hand to make a crucial save and keep the scores level.

Juve reacted well to the early scare, and saw plenty of the ball in the following few minutes. They thought they’d taken the lead themselves inside a quarter of an hour Stream Fodbold Live, though Álvaro Morata’s attempt to play the ball in an offside position meant Paul Pogba’s far-post tap-in was correctly disallowed by the officials.

The visitors successfully managed to limit City to large spells of pedestrian short passing, but a rare defensive mistake by Leonardo Bonucci gifted the hosts the half’s best chance just past the half-hour.

Vincent Kompany initially appeared to have powered a corner beyond Buffon and into the back of the net, though replays showed him to have climbed all over the back of defender Giorgio Chiellini, off whom the final touch came. Despite Italian appeals, the goal stood.

Juve were suddenly forced into playing more proactively, and they were almost exposed within minutes. A great dummy by Bony bought David Silva the space to send Sterling through on goal, but he was denied by a great Buffon save for the second time. Juve responded with their first clear-cut chance of the game, but Joe Hart kept a Sturaro effort out from point-blank range activity life.

City weren’t as good as usual

It has taken a while, but this season it has looked like Manuel Pellegrini has finally got Manchester City playing as he’d always planned. Quick and incisive with their passing and tireless in their movement, they’ve looked almost unstoppable. However, though this was far from a vintage Juve performance, they turned in an impressive defensive display to limit City’s space and scoring opportunities. They still created chances, but not as many as we’d normally expect. They lacked their usual vim and vigor, and for that Max Allegri’s side deserve some credit.

Early pressure came from the home side who took the lead with a penalty after ten minutes when LLantwit strayed offside.   Coombes pulled off one superb try saving cover tackle at the corner flag to deny the Taffs Well winger and LLantwit began to take the game to their hosts only to gift them a soft converted try against the run of play with a calamatous piece of misfortune and error of judgement just before half time although centre Chris Fowler hit back with a well struck penalty with the last kick of the half for LLantwit to trail 10-3. With a quarter of an hour left to play it was a ding dong battle as LLantwit fought for a score that would bring them a bonus point and outside chance of victory while Taffs Well were equally keen to put the game to bed and perhaps get a fourth bonus point  to try to keep the pressure on league leaders Dowlais but it remained 24-13 as referee John Offa of Builth Wells, who also had a fine match, brought proceedings to an end.