Chelsea held by Juventus
The script for Chelsea‘s European Champions League triumph last season was out of the realms of Hollywood , but Juventus refused to roll out the red carpet for the holders as the Serie A title winners came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea almost had an Oscar winning performance from one of their Brazilian stars, with the former Internacional midfielder scoring twice on his debut to confirm his reputation as one of the game’s most exciting talents.
Oscar’s two first-half strikes looked to have given Chelsea the perfect start to their title defense until a twist in the script saw Juventus fight back to claim a deserved draw.
It was the perfect ending to a thrilling game between two of Europe’s heavyweight contenders with Oscar the star of the show.
While his first goal arrived courtesy of a deflection, his second could only be described as a blockbuster.
The 21-year-old received the ball with his back to goal before pirouetting and curling an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
But there was still drama to come for Chelsea, who failed to show the kind of defense which allowed them to triumph in Munich last season.
Arturo Vidal pulled a goal back for the Italians seven minutes before the break as Juventus began to find a way back into the contest.
Fabio Quagliarella then grabbed an equalizer with 10 minutes remaining and nearly won the tie when his curling effort rebounded to safety off the crossbar.
The Stamford Bridge draw allowed Ukrainian championsShakhtar Donetsk to lead Group E following their convincing 2-0 win over Danish side Nordsjælland.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored both goals for Shakhtar, who face Juventus in Turin in their next game. Credit: cnn.com
PIX: Fabio Quagliarella equalizes for Juventus in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the Italian side claimed a point.
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