Chelsea vs. Juventus: Score, Highlights and Grades

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Chelsea vs. Juventus: Score, Highlights and Grades
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The two giants in Group E went up against each other in the first round of games in the Champions League, and Juventus came from two goals down to earn a point as a result of a 2-2 draw.

The first half hour of the match did not produce a goal, but that changed in the 31st minute when Chelsea's Oscar received a fortunate deflection and his strike from distance hit the back of the net. 

But the young Brazilian was determined to prove that he did not need any luck to beat Gianluigi Buffon and scored just two minutes later on a spectacular strike. 

The Italians did well to disallow Chelsea a marked advantage going into halftime, and Arturo Vidal cut the lead in half with his 38th-minute goal.

The first-half score looked as if it would go unchanged in the next 45 minutes, but Fabio Quagliarella punished sloppy play from Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and netted an equalizer. 

Here are the highlights and grades from the match. 

 

Highlights

Oscar wisely moved into the space cleared out by Eden Hazard, and then a simple pass from Ashley Cole rapidly turned into something very special. The Brazilian took a creative touch around Andrea Pirlo and unleashed a magnificently accurate shot, leaving Buffon no chance. 

Just when Chelsea appeared to be taking a commanding lead into the clubhouse, Arturo Vidal found space in the attacking third, and then smartly kept his strike low to put the ball through John Terry's legs and into the corner of the goal.

A poor pass in the defensive third of the field from John Obi Mikel gave possession back to Juventus. The midfielder then stood and sulked as Claudio Marchisio found Fabio Quagliarella running through the Chelsea defense, and the substitute pulled his side level. 

 

Grades

Oscar, Chelsea: A-

Oscar was certainly fortunate to get his first goal and also showed his youth at times in the game by losing possession when he could have made a simple pass. 

But he also provided Chelsea with the attacking spark they needed against an extremely tough Juventus defense. His second goal was a magnificent moment for the rising star.

 

Arturo Vidal, Juventus: A-

Vidal provided a strong defensive effort in the center of the midfield in this match, but also proved capable of going forward exactly when his team needed a goal.

Heading into the half down two goals would have put Juventus in an incredibly difficult situation, and his clinically taken strike put his side in position to earn a point.

 

Eden Hazard, Chelsea: B+

Hazard continued to create opportunities for his teammates with his passing, dribbling and movement in this game.

On Oscar's second goal, he moved towards the touchline and took a defender with him, clearing space for his teammate's wonderful goal. His flashy dribbling and piercing passes were also on display, and he did what he could to help the Blues earn three points. 

 

Andrea Pirlo, Juventus: B-

Pirlo failed to make his mark on the game in the same manner that he normally does. He has become a defensive liability as he has grown older, and this was evident as Oscar danced around on his second goal.

In most fixtures, the midfield maestro's impact on the attack more than makes up for this lack of effort in tackling. This was not the case in this match.

 

John Terry, Chelsea: C

While John Obi Mikel made the more egregious error on Juventus' equalizer, Terry did not play Fabio Quagliarella well. He attempted to draw him offside, and this ended up giving the substitute loads of time to set up his strike.

Terry looked out of form late in this game. The Chelsea center-back played too far off of Quagliarella just minutes after the goal, and the striker nearly fired a winner. 

 

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus: B+

The veteran goalkeeper had absolutely no chance to stop either of Chelsea's goals. Oscar's first goal came on a deflection and his second score was simply a perfect shot.

Buffon made five saves in the match and was once again a rock between the posts for the Italian side. 

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