Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus leapfrogged Manchester City in Champions League Group D with a 1-0 win in Turin. The...
Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus leapfrogged Manchester City in Champions League Group D with a 1-0 win in Turin.
The Croatian struck after 18 minutes at the Juventus Stadium as the home side not only secured their place in the last 16 but put themselves in pole position to claim top spot. Juve now have 11 points with City still stuck on 9
The Italians were good value for their victory, with reported City target Paul Pogba outstanding, but the injury-hit visitors had a host of chances in an entertaining contest.
Toure tried to match Pogba’s dynamism and clipped a shot over before charging forward to fire wide.
Buffon saved Juve at a corner early in the second half as he palmed a Fernando header onto the post and grabbed the loose ball at the feet of Toure.
Substitute Raheem Sterling had one of the best of them as he shot wide late on while Fernando had a header turned onto the post and Fernandinho blasted over when well placed.
City again looked vulnerable in defence without captain Vincent Kompany and are still missing the craft of David Silva while Sergio Aguero is not fully match-fit. They will also be concerned to have lost Joe Hart to injury late on.