Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund: Winners and Losers

Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund: Winners and Losers

Fola Akintomide

Juventus defeated Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, in the first leg of its round-of-16 clash with the German side on Tuesday in Turin.

Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata each scored a goal in the first half to hand the Italian side a slim advantage heading into the second leg on March 18.

Marco Reus found the back of the net five minutes after Tevez’s 13th-minute opener, but Dortmund could not put a second away goal past Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Here’s a look at the winners and losers from Juventus’ first-leg victory.

Winner: Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata was a key factor on both sides of the pitch for Juventus, as he played a role in both goals and helped out defensively on set pieces.

On the 13th-minute strike scored by Carlos Tevez, Morata broke loose on the left side of the penalty area and played a cross through the box. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller had trouble with the cross, which allowed Tevez to pounce and open the scoring.

Morata then shifted into a scoring role in the 42nd minute when he found a ton of space in the box. The 22-year-old broke free in the center of the penalty area and coolly finished off a Paul Pogba pass to hand Juventus a lead at the half.

Loser: Marcel Schmelzer

On both Juventus goals, Marcel Schmelzer was left looking at the scorer instead of chasing him down in the box.

In the 13th minute, Carlos Tevez beat Schmelzer as the Juventus forward slotted home the rebound created by Roman Weidenfeller. On the second Juventus strike, Schmelzer was the defender closest to Alvaro Morata in the penalty area when the Spaniard hit his shot past Weidenfeller.

Winner: Marco Reus

On a night when most of his teammates in attack were quiet, Marco Reus was a constant threat in the final third.

Reus scored the lone Dortmund goal of the match in the 18th minute when he capitalized on a slip by Giorgio Chiellini. Although the path to goal was left wide open for Reus after the blunder, he still had to keep his composure and beat Gianluigi Buffon.

Loser: Giorgio Chiellini

A few opportunities were presented to Giorgio Chiellini to alter the final outcome of the match, but he failed to make up for his defensive error with a goal.

Chiellini’s slip in the 18th minute allowed Marco Reus to dart into the penalty area and beat Gianluigi Buffon, which handed Dortmund a crucial away goal.

Winner: Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez was a menace in the final third for Juventus, as he attempted four shots, made one key pass and opened the scoring in the 13th minute.

With his first-half strike, Tevez extended his terrific form in front of the net for the Serie A leaders. In his last 10 games in all competitions, the Argentinian forward has scored on eight occasions, per Squawka.

Loser: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang entered Tuesday’s game in Turin with four goals in his last three league matches.

In 90 minutes on the pitch, the 25-year-old created a single shot (which sailed off target) and managed just 38 touches in the defeat.

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