Malmö 0-3 Juventus: Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata strike in the first half as Max Allegri’s squad lifts the gloom and finally claims their first win of the season
- Alvaro Morata scored one goal and earned a penalty when Juventus defeated Malmo
- Paulo Dybala scored from the spot on a foul on Morata by Lasse Nielsen
- Alex Sandro stooped to head home the opener from a Juan Cuadrado cross
Juventus claimed their first victory of the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era by beating Malmö 3-0 in the Champions League after a flurry of first-half goals on Tuesday.
Alex Sandro’s 23-minute opener was followed by goals in 60 seconds from Paulo Dybala – from the penalty spot – and Alvaro Morata on the stroke of half-time in southern Sweden.
Juventus have not won any of their three Serie A games this season, the last two being the losses following Ronaldo’s departure to Manchester United.
Striker Alvaro Morata scored one goal and earned a penalty when Juventus Malmo . defeated
A trip to the Swedish champions offered Massimiliano Allegri’s team some respite from domestic troubles, which could put some momentum into Sunday’s big match in the Italian league against AC Milan.
Sandro’s goal – a bent header from a Juan Cuadrado right cross that was thrown in by Rodrigo Bentancur – came just as Malmö was beginning to put some pressure on Juventus. After that, the visitors dominated.
Morata was knocked down by Malmö’s centre-back, Lasse Nielsen, just inside the area for a penalty Dybala had to wait to take, with VAR checking for offside against the Spanish striker. Dybala slipped as he took the penalty but it went down the middle to beat goalkeeper Ismael Diawara in the 45th minute.
Paulo Dybala scored from the spot on a foul on Morata by Lasse Nielsen
Almost immediately from kick-off, Adrien Rabiot fed the ball forward, Nielsen failed to make a way out and Morata ran through before taking a finish off his shin and just below the crossbar.
Allegri was able to make some early substitutions with the match against Milan in mind, and one of the substitutes – Moise Kean – thought he had scored a fourth goal after passing Diawara and home through the ball. went from fellow sub Weston McKennie’s. It was disallowed for offside.
Kean, signed to replace Ronaldo, was also denied by Diawara’s outstretched right foot in the 90th after being played in by a deft flick from Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski.
It was Allegri’s first win since he returned to Juventus for a second stint in the off-season. He made his Champions League debut seven years ago as Juve coach against Malmö, winning 2-0 in Turin.
Juve came under pressure early on before Alex Sandro’s low header gave the Italians the lead