Allegri’s line-up imposes itself with Rabiot’s brace and Vlahovic’s goal
Juventus beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 on the third day of Champions League Group H, gets the first victory after 2 defeats and keeps alive the few hopes of qualifying for the round of 16. Allegri’s team, with 3 points, chases the pair formed by Benfica and Psg: Portuguese and French, who draw 1-1 in the direct clash in Lisbon, travel side by side at 7. On 11 October Juve visits Maccabi with the obligation to win to stay in the running.
THE MATCH – Juve could break through at the start, but Vlahovic does not shine at the shot. The center forward in the 11th minute is rejected by the left-handed shot by Cohen and 2 minutes later he wastes a colossal chance: penalty in motion, wrong aim and ball on the bottom. Allegri’s training tries to rely on Di Maria’s quality but struggles to create a game with continuity. Maccabi manages to freeze possession of the ball and limit the risks for an abundant half hour. At 35 ‘, however, Di Maria’s invention breaks the game. Argentine lights for Rabiot, who slips between the shirts of the Israeli defense and breaks through the door with his left: 1-0. Di Maria gives an encore at the start of the second half, giving Vlahovic an assist to double.
The Argentine brushes again, the Serbian does not make a mistake this time in front of the goal: 2-0 at 50 ‘. Juve could spread in the 59th minute with the tried and tested script: Di Maria invents again, Vlahovic does not materialize. Maccabi shows up in the 62nd minute with Atzili, who looks for the joker from 25 meters: Szczesny deflects, the post does the rest. The escaped danger convinces the Turinese to accelerate again. Rabiot does not take advantage of a tempting chance, then it’s up to Vlahovic again to capitalize on the umpteenth invention of Di Maria: useless goal, there is an offside. In a one-way match, Juve managed to get into trouble in the 75th minute.
Launch for David. Szczesny comes out on the trocar with the wrong timing of the intervention: 2-1 and match reopened. The bianconeri tremble and in the 81st minute Maccabi’s equalizer seems to have been done: punishment by Atzili, the post saves the hosts. After nearly 10 nightmarish minutes, he takes action Rabiot to fix everything. Corner by Di Maria – for a change – and header by the Frenchman, who signs the personal double and signs the 3-1 at 83 ‘. Before the final whistle, Atzili completes his evening with a record: personal third post, game over.