Juve crash Oscar-night party


Juventus stunned holders Chelsea with a superb fightback to earn a 2-2 draw in their opening Champions League Group E match on Wednesday after Oscar had given the hosts a dream start with two goals on his full debut.

The young Brazilian was a touch fortunate in the 31st minute when his deflected shot beat Gianluigi Buffon but his second two minutes later was a sensational strike. Turning sharply, he took out two defenders and created space for himself before curling an unstoppable effort with his right foot into the top corner.

Arturo Vidal began the Juventus fightback at Stamford Bridge when he beat Petr Cech with a low drive after 38 minutes and the Italian side pressed hard for an equaliser after the break. They were eventually rewarded with 10 minutes remaining when Fabio Quagliarella, on as a substitute, was played in by Andrea Pirlo and he slipped a shot under Cech.

Oscar, who impressed at the World Under-20 Cup last year and the Olympics this summer, showed just why Chelsea paid Internacional 25 million pounds for him with an excellent performance before he limped off in the second half. Chelsea were up against a Juve side unbeaten in their last 43 league matches but are playing without banned coach Antonio Conte.

Conte watched the match from the stands and saw his team, under his assistant Massimo Carrera, play some typically disciplined football to keep Chelsea pegged back for large spells of the game.

Attacking threat

While Oscar caught the eye for the home side, Juve looked sharp coming forward too. Mirko Vucinic was always a threat in attack, though he should have done better with a clear shot at goal that he powered wide just before Chelsea opened the scoring. Vidal and Claudio Marchisio also threatened in the second half, but Chelsea defended superbly too with David Luiz, Ashley Cole and John Terry all making important blocks and tackles.

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