Zenit against Juventus: Kulusevski scores the game-winning goal as Juventus win Group H.

Zenit against Juventus: Dejan Kulusevski‘s late goal gave Juventus a 10-minute win over Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday and thus the battle for a place in the Champions League round of 16.

Massimiliano Allegri

Swedish striker Kulusevski headed a cross from Mattia De Sciglio four minutes before the end of a largely boring fight to hold Juve’s 100 percent record in Group H.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side has a perfect nine points from the first three matches and can secure a place in the knockout phase at Zenit early next month.

After their second defeat in the Champions League season, Russian champion Zenit is third in the group with three points, three behind second-placed Chelsea.

Before the game, Zenit fans put on a grand show in celebration of Peter the Great and the birth of the Russian Empire in 1721, but the hosts’ style of play was far from expansive.

Sergei Semak’s team were content to stop Juve and try to switch roles for the Italians after their stubborn win over Chelsea last time at halftime.

There were almost no incidents in the goal in the first half, with Claudinho‘s long-range shot being well saved by Wojciech Szczesny in the 18th minute, being the most exciting moment.

Zenit against Juventus: Weston McKennie should have given the visiting team the lead five minutes after the break when he failed to beat Stanislav Kritsyuk after slipping brilliantly through Alvaro Morata‘s goal.

McKennie missed his second good chance of the night with 16 minutes remaining when he launched a header from a cross from De Sciglio.

But Kulusevski did better than his American teammate as he took his own header off the post to smash a hitherto unlikely win.

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