Champions League roundup: Gonzalo Higuan shoots Juventus to summit

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Gonzalo Higuan ended his objective dry spell in Juventuss 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb

Gonzalo Higuan ended his scoring dry spell as Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to win their Champions League group.

Juventus had actually currently received the knock-out phase, however the triumph protected leading area in Group H ahead of Sevilla , who likewise advanced following a 0-0 draw with Lyon .

Higuan blasted a strike into the leading left corner from the edge of the location after being established by Mario Lemina early in the 2nd half. It was Higuans initially objective considering that scoring on 2 November versus Lyon.

Higuain signed up with Juventus prior to the season from Napoli for an Italian-record 90m (77m) after scoring 36 Italian league objectives last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record.

The protector Daniele Rugani included another for Juventus with a header from a Miralem Pjanic corner. Juventus ended up with 14 points, 3 ahead of Sevilla. Lyon have 8 points and will play in the Europa League, while Dinamo lost all 6 matches.

The Juventus captain, Gianluigi Buffon, was rested, with Neto beginning in objective for the Bianconeri. It made little distinction, as Dinamo hardly ever threatened, leaving the competition without any objectives scored and 15 yielded ending up being the 3rd group in competitors history to go scoreless in the group phase.

Before the match, Dinamo fans were apparently pressed back with water pipes after breaking through cops lines outside the arena. Numerous fans were hurt, inning accordance with the Ansa news company.

Sevilla will sign up with Juve in the last 16 after holding Lyon to a goalless attract France. Lyon had to win the video game by 2 clear objectives to reject the Spaniards however were not able to discover the development regardless of a host of opportunities.

Borussia Dortmund came from 2 objectives down to protect a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and win Group F. The German club entered into the match at the Bernabu 2 points ahead of their competitors however 2 objectives from Karim Benzema looked set to clinch leading area genuine. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back in the 61st minute and Marco Reus scored the equaliser 2 minutes from time.

Legia Warsaw , beaten 8-4 by Dortmund last time out, leapfrogged Sporting Lisbon to receive the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 win, Guilherme scoring the objective on the halfhour.

Porto certified from Group G with a thumping 5-0 success versus the swimming pool winners Leicester City . It was a chastening method for the Foxes to suffer their very first Champions League defeat.

Copenhagen were counting on a Porto fault to go through however they a minimum of completed their project with a win, with early objectives from Brandon Mechele into his own internet and Mathias Jorgensen making them a 2-0 success versus meaningless Club Brugge .

In Group E, Tottenham Hotspur restored something from their project by beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 to receive the Europa League. Alan Dzagoev put CSKA ahead in the 33rd minute however Dele Alli equalised 5 minutes later on and Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in first-half injury time. When Allis header went in off goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, the video game was settled in the 77th minute.

Monaco were currently ensured to win the group ahead of Bayer Leverkusen however the Germans protected their very first win versus the Ligue 1 side to end up in design. Vladlen Yurchenko had actually been out hurt considering that April however marked his return in magnificent style with a long-range opener and Julian Brandt included a 2nd 3 minutes after the break.

The 3-0 win was finished 8 minutes from time. Technically it was a 5th successive missed out on charge for the Germans, with Wendell striking the underside of the ball and the bar then striking the goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and coming in.

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