Juventus host Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the only matters left to resolve in Group G determining whether Barcelona or Juventus progress as winners, and whether Ferencvaros or Dynamo Kiev drop into the Europa League via third place.
Juventus sealed qualification for the Champions League knockout stages for the seventh successive season with a last-gasp Alvaro Morata winner in the 2-1 victory at home to Hungarian side Ferencvaros last time out.
The Spaniard’s strike completed a surprisingly tough turnaround after Cristiano Ronaldo had levelled proceedings in the first half following Myrto Uzunis’s surprise opener.
Unless Barcelona stumble against the Hungarians in the other match in the group, the Italian champions are likely to require three goals in a two-goal win at Camp Nou against Barcelona on the final matchday to have any chance of finishing top of the group.
As such, Andrea Pirlo can look to rest as many key players as possible, with reducing the six-point gap between his side and Sassuolo at the top of Serie A his primary focus.
It has been a disappointing Champions League campaign for Dynamo Kiev, who are competing in the group stages of the competition for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
The Ukrainian runners-up have not reached the knockout stages since surprisingly reaching the semi-finals in the 1998-99 season, which was when Andriy Shevchenko and Sergiy Rebrov first announced themselves on the European stage.
Mircea Lucescu’s side have never looked like matching those heady heights; not that they were expected to after being drawn with recent finalists Barcelona and Juventus.
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