Sporting CP 1-1 Juventus (1-2 agg): Player Rating as Rabiot strikes as Bianconeri reach semi-finals

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Juventus reached the UEFA Europa League semi-finals as a 1-1 draw against Sporting CP at Estadio Jose Alvalade sealed a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

Buoyed by learning prior to Thursday’s second leg that their 15-point deduction in Serie A for financial breaches had been suspended, Adrien Rabiot struck early on to double Juve’s lead in the tie after Federico Gatti had given them a slender advantage in last week’s reverse fixture at Allianz Stadium.

Marcus Edwards quickly pulled one back for Sporting from the penalty spot after Rabiot’s foul on Manuel Ugarte, but resilient defending saw the Bianconeri through.

Juve will feature in a European semi-final for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign and will do battle with Sevilla for a place in the final after they knocked Manchester United out.

Juve took the lead after only nine minutes as Rabiot was first to a loose ball in the box from a corner and lashed into the bottom left-corner.

Sporting were offered a way back into the tie when Rabiot brought down Ugarte in the area, with referee Francois Letexier pointing to the spot and Edwards firing the ball straight down the middle as Wojciech Szczesny dived to his left.

The hosts nearly drew level on aggregate when Ousmane Diomande nodded just wide before half-time, and they nearly fell further behind after the interval when Dusan Vlahovic failed to get his header on target.

Sporting pressed for a goal that would force the game into extra-time and nearly found one when Ricardo Esgaio blazed just over the crossbar, but Massimiliano Allegri’s men held on to reach the last four.

juventus Player Rating

  • Szczesny -6.74
  • Sandro -7.10
  • Bremer – 7.16
  • Gatti – 7.17
  • Kostic -6.72
  • Rabiot – 7.34
  • Locatelli – 6.97
  • Fagioli – 6.78
  • Cuadrad -6.44
  • Milik – 6.11
  • Di Maria – 8.13

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