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Two late goals condemn the Reds to loss at Juventus

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Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to open the scoring for Juventus and Mario Mandzukic added a second as the Italian champion beat Olympiakos 2-0 in Turin in their Champions League Group D clash on Wednesday.

With Juve dominating possession but failing to create many goal-scoring opportunities, Argentine striker Higuain entered the fray on the hour mark and fired home the rebound from his own shot nine minutes later to give Juve the lead.

With Olympiakos, in its first game under new coach Takis Lemonis, seeking to score on the counter, Juventus spent much of the game bombarding the Greek side’s penalty area with crosses, free-kicks and corners and Mandzukic went close with a trio of headers before finally bundling the ball home in the 80th minute.

Having lost its opening game 3-0 to Barcelona, the win puts Juventus back on track and in third place in Group D on three points behind Sporting of Portugal on goal difference, while two defeats in its opening two games leave Olympiakos bottom.

[Reuters]

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