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European roundup: Dybala scores in Juventus win but leaves pitch in tears

European roundup: Dybala scores in Juventus win but leaves pitch in tears

  • Paolo Dybala and Álvaro Morata injured for Chelsea clash
  • Ansu Fati returns to score two in Barcelona win


Last modified on Sun 26 Sep 2021 12.50 EDT

Paulo Dybala scored a superb goal before leaving the pitch in tears with an injury as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-2 in Turin, their first home victory of the Serie A season.

The Argentina international fired a low shot into the bottom corner after 10 minutes but limped off soon after with a muscular problem.

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus’ head coach, said after the game that Dybala and his strike partner Álvaro Morata, who also went off injured, are “certain” to miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with European champions Chelsea and Saturday’s Turin derby against Torino.

“We hope to have them back after the international break, but this is part of the game,” Allegri told Sky Italia. “Now it happens to us, later it could happen to someone else. We will need to be good to make up for the absences.

Allegri’s side climbed to ninth place in the table on eight points, three points clear of 14th-placed Sampdoria but eight adrift of league leaders Milan.

Goals from Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong and the returning Ansu Fati helped Barcelona claim a much-needed 3-0 home victory over Levante in LaLiga.

The victory, Barça’s first in their last four games in all competitions, sees the Catalans climb to fifth in the table with 12 points from six games, five behind league leaders Real Madrid, who have played one more.

Barcelona’s Ansu Fati returned to reinvigorate Barcelona.

Having been held to frustrating draws by lowly opposition in their last two league games, Barça were quick out of the blocks and went ahead after six minutes as Depay converted a penalty.

They doubled their advantage just before the quarter-hour as De Jong latched on to a Sergiño Dest through ball before finishing past Aitor Fernández in the visitors’ goal.
Fernandez made a couple of smart stops to keep the scoreline respectable as a dominant Barça pushed on in search a third.

It finally came in the 91st minute as Fati capped his first appearance since last November following a serious knee injury with a wonderful strike from distance.

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