Juventus 1-1 Benfica: Stoppage time Krasic goal cancels out Cardozo header
The want-away winger tapped home with the last kick of the game to level after the Paraguay international had put the Lisbon giants ahead
By Alex Mott
There was late drama as Oscar Cardozo thought he had won the game for Jorge Jesus' side with an 88th header, but the Serbian tapped in with the last kick of the game to level the score.
With Antonio Conte's side welcoming back some of the Italian internationals that starred at Euro 2012, it was perhaps no surprise that due to their extended summer break, the Portuguese runners-up dominated the Serie A champions during the opening exchanges. Axel Witsel was in commanding form and from his deep-lying position in midfield, dictated the tempo of the game and dominated possession.
It wasn't however, until the 10thminute that the Lisbon giants crafted a clear opening on goal. Bruno Cesar pulled away from Claudio Marchisio inside the centre circle, and curled a delicious ball into the path of Michel. The Brazil-born forward couldn't quite make a good enough contact though, and Gianluigi Buffon saved comfortably.
Still Benfica stormed forward, and it was that man Cesar again who was causing all the trouble. This time, wandering unmarked to within 25 metres of the Juventus goal, he fired a rasping shot that was fumbled by Buffon, only for the veteran goalkeeper to dive on it at the second attempt.
The Encarnados maintained their domination of the contest well into the half, but with the classy figure of Andrea Pirlo on the pitch, it wasn't long before the Bianconeri started to create chances.
The Euro 2012 star released Sebastian Giovinco on 40 minutes, who cut in from the left-hand side to strike from the edge of the area. Goalkeeper Artur made a smart save, but the 31-year-old shot-stopper completed an even better one however, just minutes later.
Alessandro Matri received the ball inside the six yard box, but the former Cesena No.1 blocked his attempt at goal and made sure the team's were level going into the break.
With surprisingly few changes being made at half time, the game continued in much the same vein: Jorge Jesus' side had a monopoly on possession, but did little going forward. And the Old Lady should have made them pay for their lack of goalscoring impetus on 49 minutes. Matri raced through after a ball from Arturo Vidal, before being brought down by Maxi Pereira inside the area. The 27-year-old forward dusted himself off to take the spot kick, but saw his effort saved by the keeper low to his left-hand side.
The introduction of Cardozo added more invention to the Portuguese side in the final third, and it was his header that almost opened the scoring midway through the half. A corner from Bruno Cesar was clipped towards goal by the Paraguayan, but substitute Marco Storari was more than equal to it in the Juve goal.
More chances went the way of the Primeira Liga side, as Rodrigo Mora saw a low, angled drive saved well by Storari, but it wasn't until the 88th minute that the deadlock was finally broken. A cross from the left-hand side by Luisinho went all the way to the far post, and Cardozo was there to nod in back across goal.
The drama was not over however, as Juve were to equalise with the very last kick of the game. A cross from Joel Untersee from the right-hand side went all the way across the six yard box, and Krasic tapped it home to secure a 1-1 draw.
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