Juventus leave it late

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November 01, 2017
Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain scores during their Champions League, Group D, match against Sporting CP at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, yesterday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP):

Gonzalo Higuain scored a late equaliser as Juventus drew with Sporting Lisbon 1-1 yesterday to remain ahead of the Portuguese club in Group D of the Champions League.

Higuain scored for the visitors with a flick shot from inside the area after a perfect pass by Juan Cuadrado in the 79th minute.

The draw kept the Italian club in second place with seven points, three in front of Sporting and three behind leaders Barcelona with two matches remaining.

Juventus, last year's finalists, had a chance of securing a knockout spot with a win, but now have to fight to earn one of the two qualifying berths from the group.

"I'm upset because we had a chance to secure advancement," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "Now we have to wait (for the next matches). It's our own fault. We played an ugly first half. The second half was better."

In the other group match, Barcelona and Olympiakos drew 0-0 in Greece.

Sporting had opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area by Brazilian midfielder Bruno Cesar in the 20th after Gelson Martins' strike was parried by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus were outplayed by the hosts in the first half but improved significantly in the second, creating most of the scoring chances at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.

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