Spirited Shakhtar hold Juve

Juventus might count themselves lucky to have salvaged a 1-1 draw against a spirited Shakhtar Donetsk side in Champions League Group E.

Last Updated: 02/10/12 at 22:23 Post Comment

Teixeira: Scores Shakhtar's goal

Teixeira: Scores Shakhtar's goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Juventus Stadium hosted its first European fixture since opening last summer - despite 10,000 tickets going unsold for Tuesday night's game - but it took a thunderbolt from defender Leonardo Bonucci to guarantee a share of the spoils after Alex Teixeira had put the Ukrainians ahead on the counter-attack.

Two points from two draws leaves Juventus in third place in Group E - above pointless FC Nordsjaelland - while Chelsea and Shakhtar occupy the top-two spots with four points apiece.

Improbably, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scooped the ball over the crossbar when Teixera found him lurking in space, but Shakhtar were soon calling for a penalty.

Willian felt that he had been wrestled to the ground by Stephan Lichtsteiner but referee Bas Nijhuis was not interested in his protests.

Alessandro Matri, who was profligate throughout, failed to make the most of a sweet pass from Mirko Vucinic, Claudio Marchisio then rifling Andrea Pirlo's superb lob over the bar before Shakhtar made the breakthrough.

Fluid one-touch football brought Willian within sight of goal in the 23rd minute. The Brazilian's first attempt was blocked by Andrea Barzagli but he happily fed Teixera to rattle home the rebound.

Juve's response was both immediate and spectacular, though, with Pirlo's corner skidding to a halt in front of Bonucci for the centre-back to powerfully lash the ball into the back of the net.

Visiting goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov did better to smother a rocket from Arturo Vidal on the half-hour mark but Bonucci almost made it 2-1 deep into first-half stoppage time.

Pyatov thought fast to stick out a leg and repel the Italy international's bullet header as Shakhtar managed to reach the break level.

But there was no respite after the interval as Matri soon saw his dipping drive deflected to safety.

Shakhtar sprang into life once more on the hour mark when Yaroslav Rakitskiv forged through the middle of the park unopposed to feed Willian, who squeezed his snapshot just wide of a post.

Another gilt-edged chance went begging, this time at the other end, as Juve substitute Sebastian Giovinco burst down the left flank, only for Matri to clip the ball over the bar at full stretch.

As time ticked away in Turin, Willian snapped his effort just wide with Gianluigi Buffon left stranded and Mkhitaryan dragged the ball off target after racing across the edge of the box.

But both sides came close to sealing victory at the death, substitute striker Fabio Quagliarella blasting left-footed only to be denied by Pyatov's outstretched glove.

And Buffon survived one last test as he pushed Willian's close-range effort over the bar to keep Juventus' unbeaten run in tact.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 18 March 2015
19:45
Barcelona 1-0 Man City Report
B Dortmund 0-3 Juventus  
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
A Madrid 1-0 Leverkusen  
Monaco 0-2 Arsenal Report
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Bay Munich 7-0 Shak Donetsk Report
Chelsea 2-2 PSG Report
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
FC Porto 4-0 Basel Report
R Madrid 3-4 Schalke Report
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Arsenal 1-3 Monaco Report
Leverkusen 1-0 A Madrid Report

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company