Mandzu­kic strike seals knock­out place for Ju­ven­tus

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Mario Mandzu­kic scored the only goal as Ju­ven­tus leapfrogged Manch­ester City in Cham­pi­ons League Group D.

The Croa­t­ian struck af­ter 18 min­utes at the Ju­ven­tus Sta­dium as the home side se­cured their place in the last 16 and put them­selves in pole po­si­tion to claim top spot.

The Ital­ians were good value for their vic­tory, with re­ported City tar­get Paul Pogba out­stand­ing, but the in­jury-hit visi­tors had a host of chances in an en­ter­tain­ing con­test. Sub­sti­tute Ra­heem Ster­ling shot wide late on while Fer­nando had a header turned onto the post.

City must now win their fi­nal group match at home to Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach and hope that Ju­ven­tus lose to Sevilla to claim top spot.

Pic­ture: PA

FRUS­TRA­TION: Jesse Lin­gard, left, was amongst the United play­ers guilty of miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

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MANDZU­KIC: The Croa­t­ian striker struck the only goal of the game in the 18th minute to put his side in pole po­si­tion to win the group

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