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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Juventus - Young Boys: as it happened, match report

Cristiano Ronaldo's absence was barely noticed as Juventus brushed aside Swiss outfit Young Boys in Turin with three goals from Dybala.

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Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala (R) celebrates after scoring his third goal during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Juventus and Young Boys on October 2, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTOREL
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Juventus welcome Young Boys to Turin for the second group stage matchday this evening (18:55 CEST) hoping to build on the win they took away from Mestalla a fortnight ago. Victory would not only keep the Italians in pole position in Group H, it would also bring up their eighth consecutive win in all competitions – a feat they have not achieved in the start of any season since 1930. Morale in the camp couldn't be much higher following the weekend win over Napoli.

The hosts will be without suspension-hit Cristiano Ronaldo who will have to wait until matchday 4 to make his first Champions League appearance at Juventus stadium – should all go to plan he will do so against his old club Manchester United. Also absent is winger Douglas Costa, who faces a while out with injuries affecting his ankle and thigh. Allegri confirmed that Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala will lead the attack tonight

Young Boys are seeking their first points in the tournament after going down 0-3 at to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Swiss champions go into tonight’s clash buoyed after thumping Thun 1-4 at the weekend – apart from the United defeat they remain unbeaten and top the Swiss Super League with a flawless record: nine wins from nine.

Both Juventus and Young Boys have been regular participants in European football since continental competitions began in the 1950s but curiously this will be their first ever meeting.

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