Juventus claimed their first victory of the season on Matchday 1 of the 2021/22 Champions League as they eased past Malmo 3-0 in Sweden.
Alex Sandro opened the scoring against the run of play following a bright Malmo start, which signalled the start of a significant momentum shift. Juventus then began to dominate the contest, and they’d find themselves 3-0 up before half-time thanks to a Paulo Dybala penalty and Alvaro Morata finish.
The hosts never looked like getting back into the contest as Juve waltzed through the second period. No goals ensued, with the Bianconeri settling for a 3-0 victory.
Here are our Juventus player ratings from their European triumph and first win of the season.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 5/10 – Malmo will rue the fact that they didn’t test an out of sorts Szczesny until the 90th minute. Juve’s number one had little to do between the sticks on Tuesday night before he saved brilliantly from Martin Olsson’s fierce low drive. Some respite following a woeful start to the campaign.
Danilo (RB) – 6/10 – Shifting infield to create a back three when Juve had possession, Danilo had a quiet outing. Malmo rarely attacked down his flank, although he was cool, calm and collected with the ball – in the face of a high-engaging wing-back.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 7/10 – The Dutchman had a couple of under the radar, but brilliant, defensive sequences in the opening period. The yellow card he picked up after the break took the shine off a controlled centre-back performance.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 7/10 – Antonio Colak’s quiet outing was a testament to the Juventus stalwart, who marshalled him astutely. Bonucci was impressive in Sweden; emanating calm while showing off his incredible passing range.
Alex Sandro (LB) – 7/10 – Sandro’s early box entries were promising, and his aggressive positioning paid dividends as he opened the scoring with a stooping header. That goal ignited a spark in the Brazilian, who suddenly transformed into his 2017-self. A timely performance following Luca Pellegrini’s promising outing in Naples.