Sep 16, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Juventus Stadium
Juventus
2-0
MalmoMalmo
Tevez (59', 90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Konate (10'), Eriksson (22'), Helander (89')

Live Commentary: Juventus 2-0 Malmo - as it happened

Live Commentary: Juventus 2-0 Malmo - as it happened
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Relive Sports Mole's live text commentary of the Champions League Group A match between Juventus and Malmo in Turin.

Juventus started their Champions League group stage campaign with a 2-0 victory over Malmo in Turin.

Following a goalless first half, Carlos Tevez gave the Bianconeri the lead with a composed finish.

The Argentine added a second late on with a free kick that sealed the three points.

Find out how the action unfolded below.


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6.45pmGood evening and thank you for joining Sports Mole for live text commentary of the Champions League match between Juventus and Malmo in Turin.

6.48pmThe group stages of the Champions League returns with one of the world's most successful clubs looking to end their barren run without a European trophy. Juventus may have won three league titles on the spin, but it has been 18 years since they last tasted success in this tournament.



6.51pmThe Italian champions have won the European Cup twice in their history, with their last victory coming in 1996. Their last appearance in the final was back in 2003, when they were beaten by Serie A rivals AC Milan following a penalty shootout.

6.54pmFacing Juventus tonight is a Malmo side who have made it through to the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history. They are actually the first club from Sweden to make it this far since Helsingborgs IF in 2000.

6.57pmMalmo are also the only Swedish club to have ever reached the European Cup final. They were beaten 1-0 by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest side in 1979, but have not made much of an impact on the continent since then. However, they are one of the most successful clubs in their home nation, winning 17 league titles and are the current reigning champions.

7.00pmJUVENTUS XI: Buffon, Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Pogba, Marchisio, Tevez, Llorente

7.01pmMALMO XI: Olsen, Tinnerholm, Helander, Johansson, Konate, Halsti, Eriksson, Adu, Forsberg, Rosenberg, Thelin

7.02pmJUVENTUS SUBS: Storari, Romulo, Ogbonna, Padoin, Coman, Giovinco, Morata

7.03pmMALMO SUBS: Azinovic, Hammar, Kroon, Cibicki, Nazari, Rakip, Mehmeti

7.06pmTEAM NEWS: Juventus may be missing key duo Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, but there is still plenty of quality in the midfield with the likes of Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio both playing. Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez start upfront, with summer signing Alvaro Morata named on the bench.

7.09pmGiorgio Chiellini makes his first start of the season and comes into the back three alongside Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci. Patrice Evra and Stephan Lichtsteiner both occupy the wide roles, while Kwadwo Asamoah is drafted into the midfield. Meanwhile for the visitors, leading scorer Markus Rosenberg starts upfront alongside Isaac Kiese Thelin.

7.12pmAnyone who has been watching Serie A over the past three seasons will be familiar with the success that this Juventus side has achieved. They have won three titles on the spin and finished last season on a record 102 points after losing just two games.



7.15pmHowever, they were dealt a blow in July when Antonio Conte stepped down after three years in charge. Former AC Milan boss Massimo Allegri was quickly appointed and after winning their first two league matches it seems that the change in management has not had a detrimental effect on the players.

7.18pmDespite being the dominant force in Italian football, fans now want the club to reclaim their spot as one of Europe's best. They have struggled recently in this tournament and last year they failed to make it out of the group stages after just one win from their six matches.



7.21pmThey were actually just five minutes away from booking their spot in the last 16, until Wesley Sneijder scored a late goal to secure a 1-0 win for Galatasary and send the Turkish outfit through at their expense. It was a controversial defeat, as the match had to be abandoned due to the snowy conditions in Istanbul.

7.24pmAfter getting knocked out of the Champions League, Juventus went into the Europa League and got as far as the semi-finals before being knocked out by Benfica. There is no doubt that the pressure is on Allegri to turn the club into a force to be reckoned with on the European stage.

7.27pmThere is obviously less pressure on Malmo manager Age Hareide to deliver success in this tournament, but he will be hoping that his team can cause an upset or two. They have been handed a tough group, with matches against Olympiacos and last year's losing finalist Atletico Madrid to come.

7.30pmMalmo's European journey started two months ago in the Second qualifying round, where they faced Latvian outfit Ventspils. Following a goalless draw at home, they were able to book their place in the next stage thanks to a goal from Isaac Kiese Thelin.

7.33pmThey then faced a daunting tie against Czech champions Sparta Prague and went down 4-2 away from home in the first leg. However, two goals from Markus Rosenberg gave them a 2-0 win that sent them through on away goals. In the play-off round they were drawn against Red Bull Salzburg and suffered a defeat on the road, going down 2-1 in Austria, before fighting back to win 3-0 at home and set up a historic place in the group stages.

7.36pmMalmo are nearing the final stages of their domestic season and are currently five points clear at the top of AIK at the top of the league. Their main threat in attack is former Werder Bremen and West Bromwich Albion striker Markus Rosenberg, who has bagged 15 goals in all competitions, including four in Champions League qualifying.

7.39pmRosenberg is not the only player that Juventus will have to look out for this evening. There are plenty of goals spread throughout the team, with midfield duo Emil Forsberg (14) and Guillermo Molins (13) more than capable of finding the net. They also have one of the best defences in the league, having conceded 23 goals all season, although they leaked three in a 3-3 draw against BK Hacken at the weekend.

7.42pmPREDICTION: It is not hard to see why Juventus are the overwhelming favourites to win tonight. They are strong in all areas of the pitch and have started this season in good form. Malmo have done well to get this far, but it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances for them to get out of the group. I can only see the home side picking up all three points this evening with the scoreline finishing 2-0 in their favour.

7.43pmThe Champions League anthem has just rung out around the ground and we are now a couple of minutes away from the start of the match. Don't forget that you can keep up to date with the action from the other group match involving Olympiacos and Atletico Madrid with our live commentary, as well as all of this evening's fixtures.

1 minKICKOFF! We are underway at the Juventus Stadium!

2 minAs excepted the hosts have started the match on the front foot and are seeing plenty of possession deep inside their opponents' half. Lichtsteiner has already whipped in a couple of decent crosses from the right as his team search for an early goal.

5 minIt's all Juve at the moment and Malmo are struggling to get a touch on the ball. The hosts look dangerous in the wide areas and Pogba breaks free down the right before delivering a teasing low ball across the box that just misses everyone in the box.

8 minLlorente is certainly a man that will thrive from good deliveries into the box and he gets on the end of Evra's cross, before seeing his header palmed away by the keeper. However, his effort wouldn't have counted if it had gone in as the flag was raised for an offside.

10 minThe visitors haven't been able to get forward too much, but Eriksson picks up the ball in shooting range outside the box. His low effort isn't the best, but it takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Malmo can't make anything count from the resulting set piece though, as Buffon comes to punch the ball clear.

13 minOver the past couple of minutes Malmo have begun to see more of the ball and have strung few passes together between their midfielders. They still look very open down the wings, with Juve being allowed plenty of time and space to get their deliveries into the box.

16 minWe haven't seen too many attempts on goal so far, but Asamoah receives the ball around 25 yards out from goal and fancies his chances. His effort is well struck, but it is always rising and heads over the crossbar.

17 minCHANCE! Huge moment for the visitors. They break quickly with Rosenberg getting in down the right. He looks up and plays a wonderful cross to Eriksson at the back post, who then sees his close range effort brilliantly turned behind by Buffon.

19 minJuventus go down the other end of the pitch and create a chance of their own as Asamoah meets Lichtsteiner's cross, but the Ghanaian can't keep his header down and it goes flying over the bar.

22 minYELLOW CARD! Eriksson is the second Malmo player to pick up a booking this evening for a poor challenge.

25 minDespite that scare a few moments ago, the Bianconeri are well on top and you sense an opening goal is not too far away. They are putting the Malmo defence under an intense amount of pressure, but the Swedish outfit are holding on.

28 minAsamoah must fancy his chances of scoring this evening as he has another strike from range, but again he hammers the ball over the bar. He is not renowned for finding the back of the net and scored just two goals last season.

31 minIt's almost a brilliant goal by the hosts. Pogba chips a delightful ball over the top that is just kept in by Lichtsteiner. He then hooks a cross towards Tevez at the front post, but the Argentine is closed down quickly and can't get his effort on target.

33 minJuventus have had plenty attempts on goal, but just one of them has been on target so far. Their latest effort sees Tevez pick up the ball in space just outside the area, before lashing a drive over the bar.

34 minCHANCE! The hosts are getting closer and Llorente shows great skill and strength inside the box to turn his marker, before getting a shot away that takes a deflection and loops just wide of the top corner.

37 minThe longer the scoreline stays like this, then the more confident the visitors will become. They have already had a great chance to take the lead and they have won a number of corners that has put the Juve defence under pressure.

40 minWith just five minutes of the first half left, Juve manager Allegri must be wondering what to say to his players at the break. They have played well and have been in control of the match, but he will have been unhappy they have not been able to seriously test Olsen in the Malmo goal.

44 minCHANCE! Lichtsteiner comes within inches of giving Juventus the lead just before the break. He is slipped through thanks to a fine pass from Tevez, but as the keeper starts to come he puts his effort wide of the far post. He had Pogba in support and the Frenchman was perhaps better positioned to receive the pullback.

45+2 minThe hosts will have one last opportunity to take the lead in this half, as they win a free kick around 25 yards out from goal.

45+3 minIt's Bonucci of all people who strikes the free kick after being laid off by Tevez, but the defender sees his first effort blocked by the wall, before his follow up is well held by the keeper.

45+3 minHALF-TIME: Juventus 0-0 Malmo

8.35pmThe first half is brought to an end and it is currently goalless in Turin. Juventus have been well on top, but as things stand they have plenty to do if they want to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus is tackled by Pa Konate of Malmo FF during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Juventus and Malmo FF on September 16, 2014© Getty Images


8.39pmThe Old Lady have enjoyed 67% of the possession, with their opponents struggling to keep hold of the ball. They have also had 10 shots on goal, but only two of those have found the target. In stark contrast Malmo have had four attempts, with their only shot on target needing to be saved by Buffon.

8.43pmIn this evening's other Group A match Olympiacos have a 2-1 lead over Atletico Madrid. Arthur Masuaku and Ibrahim Afellay put the Greek side two ahead, before Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back for the Spanish champions just before the break. Atletico fans will also be upset to hear that city rivals Real Madrid are 4-1 up against Basel in their match.

8.47pmJuventus are definitely lacking a finishing touch in the final third and a man who could change that is Alvaro Morata. The summer signing from Real Madrid is on the bench and you suspect that he will be coming on at some point this evening. His last appearance in this competition was in the final as Madrid lifted the trophy in May.

8.49pmThe teams are making their way out of the tunnel as Calvin Harris and Alesso's 'Under Control' blazes out over the speakers. Let's hope that the music rubs on the players as we head into the next 45 minutes.

46 minMalmo take the kick off and get the second half underway!

48 minThe second half has started in a similar fashion to the first, with Juve calling the shots. Malmo are being pushed back deep inside inside their own half, with the hosts confidently playing the ball around them as they search for an opening.

50 minJuventus have the first chance on goal in this half, with Llorente getting on the end of a corner, but his header is comfortably saved by the keeper.

53 minSUBSTITUTION: Malmo have made a change, with Rosenberg heading off to be replaced by Mehmeti.

55 minI've spoken plenty about Asamoah's shots on goal this evening and he tries his luck again from distance. This time his effort is on target, but it is straight at the keeper who gathers with ease.

57 minIt seems as though the hosts may have a problem, with Bonucci down and in need of treatment. He went up to win a header with Thelin and ended up going over awkwardly.

59 minGOAL! Juventus 1-0 Malmo (Carlos Tevez)

59 minIt's taken Juventus almost an hour to make their dominance count, but they have taken the lead in some style. It's Tevez who finds the net as he latches onto Asamoah's brilliant flick, before confidently slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

62 minThe fans in the Juventus stadium are now in full voice. After their poor displays in Europe last season a win in their first group match was always going to be crucial and they are just under 30 minutes away from claiming the points.

66 minYou can sense that Malmo's confidence has dropped since conceding and and they are seeing even less of the ball. It seems likely that the hosts will add to their lead and they threaten again when Pogba drills a shot just over.

70 minLlorente has had a couple of chances this evening and he almost gets on the scoresheet after connecting with Evra's fine ball in from the left, but his header goes over the bar.

73 minSUBSTITUTION: The visitors make their second change of the evening with Kroon coming on for Thelin.

76 minThe hosts are still dominating the possession and as things stand one goal seems enough for them to win this match. If there is one team that can hold on to a one-goal lead then it's Juventus, who won by this scoreline plenty of times last season.

78 minEvra has been a great outlet for the Italians down the left this evening and he gets in behind again before whipping a low ball across the box. Pogba comes flying in to try and get a touch, but it is just slightly out of his reach.

81 minSUBSTITUTION: Malmo make their third and final change of the night, with Rakip coming on to replace Eriksson.

83 minCHANCE! I'm not quite sure how Juventus aren't two goals up here. Llorente is picked out at the back post by Lichtsteiner and sees his header saved by the keeper. The rebound falls kindly to him and he backheels the ball goalwards, but the keeper makes another fine save as he gets down quickly to tip his effort wide.

85 minSUBSTITUTION: Juventus make their first change of the match with five minutes remaining, as Morata comes on for Llorente.

88 minYELLOW CARD! Helander is booked for the visitors after taking down Morata just outside the box, with the striker charging through on goal.

89 minGOAL! Juventus 2-0 Malmo (Carlos Tevez)

89 minIt's all over now as Tevez scores his second of the evening. It comes from the set piece after Morata was fouled, with Tevez stepping up to fire a powerful free kick into the corner of the net.

90 minSUBSTITUTION: Juventus make a double change, with two-goal hero Tevez being replaced by Giovinco and Lichtsteiner heading off for Romulo.

90+4 minFULL-TIME: Juventus 2-0 Malmo

9.38pmJuventus comfortably play out the final minutes of the match to seal a win in their opening group match. It took them almost an hour, but Tevez proved to be the hero with his first goal in the Champions League since April 2009. His second put the icing on the cake and made sure of the three points.

9.42pmMalmo must be given credit for a stubborn defensive performance that required their opponents to raise their game. They may well have even grabbed an unlikely win had Magnus Eriksson not seen his attempt stopped expertly by Gianluigi Buffon in the first half.

9.45pmThat's just about all we've got time for here this evening. Make sure you stay with us for all of the reaction to tonight's matches from across Europe. Until next time, goodbye!

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