Champions League

Sarri hails Dybala brace in resolute Juve display

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Maurizio Sarri (AP)
Maurizio Sarri (AP)

Cape Town - Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri was impressed by his side's patience as they came back from a goal down to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 on Tuesday.

A Champions League upset looked to be on the cards when the visitors took a surprise lead on the half-hour mark through Aleksei Miranchuk, who fired past Wojciech Szczesny.

With 13 minutes remaining the Russians were still leading, before Juve striker Paulo Dybala came to the rescue with a quick-fire brace.

The performance was far from convincing from the Bianconeri, but Sarri was full of praise for his players after the game and saluted them for not panicking when the pressure was on.

"Fortunately the players were patient, and coming up against teams like this, losing patience is the worst thing that can happen," Sarri told the press.

"We continued to play, and kept trying logical moves which ended up being the difference between the two teams. We beat the Champions League records of possession and territorial advantage, but it wasn't simple in those conditions.

"We could only get shots off from outside, or on the edge of the area."

The result means Juve are now level on seven points with Atletico Madrid at the top of Group D and are well placed to make the knockout stages

Atletico scored late through former Juve striker Alvaro Morata to earn a 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen, who remain bottom of the group on zero points.

Lokomotiv are third on three points and barring a huge turn around the top two sides will advance to the knockout stages.

- TeamTalk Media

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