It was a night to remember for Arturo Erasmo Vidal, in Turin. His clinical hat-trick gave the bianconeri a much-needed victory against F.C. København in their pursuit of passage to the next round in the 2013-14 Champions League.
At kickoff, Juventus FC boss Antonio Conte opted for his go-to 3-5-2 formation. However, after shaking first minute nerves, it was F.C. København who dominated ball possession, with Juventus relinquishing control and conceding real estate in the midfield.
As the game wore on, however, Juventus intensified their ball possession but seemed to limit their play to prudent passing often using wingers Asamoah and Padoin (who were not effective, in our opinion). At the 28th minute, however, Juventus get their break: Copenhagen captain Jacobsen puts both of his hands on a ball in his 18-yard box and referee Eriksson pointed to the penalty spot without hesitation. Vidal steps up and puts it to Wiland’s right, beyond his reach. 1-0 Juve at the break.
However, Copenhagen started the second half with a different attitude, and at the 56th minute takes advantage of some confusion in the bianconeri‘s box, and ties the game following a long throw in by Delaney. The goalscorer? A classic case of il gol dell’ex (the former player’s goal): Melberg.
At the 60th minute, however, the former bianconero is forgiven by his former fans as he takes down Llorente, conceding to Juventus the another penalty. King Arturo Vidal steps up and scores again, clinically. 2-1 Juve.
The football gods smiled upon Juventus as good news arrives from Madrid, where los blancos go ahead of Galatasaray despite playing in 10 men from the first minutes.
Four minutes go by and it’s party time again at Juventus Stadium: a soft and lobbing cross by the usual Pogba turns into a perfect assist for Vidal who scores with a high header that lobs past Wiland. 3-1 Juve.
With a comfortable two-goal lead, Juventus’ intensity waned further, limiting its play to simple administration. Conte takes full advantage, substituting Padoin, Tevez, and Vidal for Marchisio, Vucinic, and Ogbonna; respectively. This gave his team some breathing room and preserved Vidal who was on a caution.
At Eriksson’s triple-whistle the bianconeri run toward the Curva Scirea with their arms aloft to the sound of “Juve, Storia di Un Grande Amore” and with reassuring tidings from the Bernabeu (4-1 was the final score).
For Juventus’ safe passage through the group stage all is required now is an away tie in the loudest stadium in the world, the Türk Telekom Arena on December 12.