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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Juventus finish group stage on a low with defeat to Young Boys

Guillaume Hoarau scored a goal in either half and despite Dybala's late strike, Juventus could not avoid defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League.

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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group H - BSC Young Boys v Juventus - Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - December 12, 2018  Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Young Boys 2-1 Juventus: match report

Juventus finished the Champions League group stage on a low after a 2-1 defeat to Young Boys, who were both disciplined and more clinical than their opponents, on Tuesday night in Bern, Switzerland. 

The Serie A leaders still finished the group top thanks to Manchester United's defeat to Valencia in Spain but Massimiliano Allegri has plenty to chew on after his side's second defeat in the competition.

Guillaume Hoarau stepped up to send Young Boys ahead from the spot after 30 minutes. Alex Sandro, who had just come on for an injured Juan Cuadrado, took Nicolas Ngamaleu's legs from under him in the penalty area to put the 0-0 draw in jeopardy.

Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to it but he could only help it onto the post before it finally went in. 

Hoarau grabbed the game's second goal on 68 minutes when he finished with his left after a nice counter by the home side. As Juventus pushed forward, there were increasingly large spaces in behind Juventus' defense and Young Boys were exploiting them every chance they got.

Paulo Dybala made a difference when he came on late in the game and scored with a rifled finished inside the box with 10 minutes to go. He scored a second too from outside the box but as he wheeled away in celebration, the referee told him it was not allowed as Ronaldo was ruled to have been offside and blocking the keeper's vision.

It ended 2-1 with Manchester United's game ending the same way meaning the Old Lady remained top with 14 points. Young Boys are out and will be a distance memory once the knockout stages arrive but Allegri's side will need to learn lessons from their performance in Bern.

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Already-through Juventus travel to the Swiss capital of Bern to face Young Boys in the Champions League tonight (21:00 CET) knowing that victory will secure top spot in Group H.

The Serie A champions will also be guaranteed qualification as group winners if second-placed Manchester United, who likewise go into matchday six certain of progression to the last 16, fail to beat Valencia in the section's other fixture.

Paulo Dybala grabbed a hat-trick as Juve claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over Young Boys - who have just one point from five games and are mathematically certain of finishing bottom - in the sides' opening group meeting in early October.

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