JUVENTUS VS ZENIT Good evening all and welcome to our live-text coverage of Juventus vs Zenit on match day four of the Champions League! Live from the Allianz stadium tonight, Juve are looking to make it four wins from four in the Champions League and secure qualification in to the Round of 16. Their European form is in stark contrast to their domestic form where they sit ninth in the table, winless in three and desperately struggling the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era. In their way tonight are Zenit who sit in third place behind Juventus and Chelsea in Group H and look a near certainty to slip in to the Europa League. But, given Juventus' wobbly form, anything can happen. Stay with us for all the build-up, hype and highlights ahead of kick-off at 8pm.
Champions League / Group Stage
Juventus Stadium / 02.11.2021
End of 2nd Half
Juventus are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League courtesy of a Paulo Dybala brace, with Morata and Chiesa getting in on the action too.
It was a madcap game that was an far cry from the 1-0 reverse in Russia two weeks ago, but it's job done for the hosts who will want to see some of that enthusiasm in Serie A in the weeks to come.
GOAL! JUVENTUS 4 ZENIT 2 (Azmoun, 90+1')
The very definition of a consolation goal as Azmoun benefits from some pinball inside the Juve box and slides past Szczesny.
Kulusevski picks up a booking. He's only been on for two minutes.
Chiesa thinks it's still 0-0 and continues to terrorise the Zenit backline.
It takes three blue shirts to stop him.
Zenit have decided that now is the time to pressure the Juventus goal.
For the sake of my match report, let's not have any more goals.
GOAL! JUVENTUS 4 ZENIT 1 (Morata, 82')
There's the fourth! Morata has his goal!
It´s a calamity at the back that let´s the Spaniard through on goal and he slides past Kritsyuk.
Game. To. Bed.
Locatelli receives huge applause as he is replaced by Arthur with just 10 minutes to go.
Bernardeschi makes way for Rabiot too.
OFF THE LINE!
Chiesa almost has a second but Lovren slides it off the line!
Just moments before that goal McKennis almost scored an absolute worldie after beating three men and whacking the bar,
GOAL! JUVENTUS 3 ZENIT 1 (Chiesa, 73')
Chiesa has the goal his performance deserves and is that game over?
He skins Lovren and Chistyakov with one dummie and rifles into the corner past Kritsyuk.
Brilliant goal. Brilliant player.
Malcom has been brilliant since he came on for Zenit by the way.
He looks like Zenit's way back into this game and almost has them level with a bending effort that Szczesny saves.
Locatelli is handed a yellow card for sticking a foot in on Malcom.
Szczesny is called into action now, diving down low to save Azmoun's bouncing effort.
Chiesa draws applause from the home fans as he almost makes it three for Juventus, rifling an effort past goal.
The noise has gone up a notch here. Chiesa is such a menace and once again he draws a foul in a dangerous position as he tries to step inside two Zenit defenders who promptly knock him to the ground.
Wow, after all that Juventus have their lead back and Dybala has his second of the game.
The Zenit players are absolutely livid.
GOAL! JUVENTUS 2 ZENIT 1 (Dybala, 58')
Dybala is a very lucky man!
He steps up for a second time and sends it the same way except this time he tucks it just inside the post. Juventus lead again!
PEN TO BE RETAKEN!
DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA! ZENIT PLAYERS ENCROACHING ON THE BOX.
DYBALA SENDS IT RIGHT AND WIDE. WHAT A DREADFUL PEN!
PENALTY TO JUVENTUS!
Chiesa is bundled to the ground and the ref points to the spot.
It's a stonewall pen but the Zenit players are claiming Morata fouled one of their players in the build-up...
Pen stands anyway.