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Kucher own goal sees Juventus top group over Shakhtar

Published on Dec 6, 2012 6:11 AM
 Juventus' Mirko Vucinic (left) kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group E, football match between FC Shakhtar and Juventus, in Donetsk on Dec 5, 2012. -- PHOTO : AFP

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Juventus qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after Olexandr Kucher's own goal gave the Italians a 1-0 win and dropped Shakhtar Donestk to second.

Shakhtar had sealed qualification for the last 16 a fortnight ago but came into their final group game looking for the draw or win that would seal first place.

But with Juventus in need of at least a point to go through, the Italian champions displayed more urgency throughout and it showed in the period leading up to Kucher's blunder which gave Juve the winner in the 56th minute.

The 1-0 win left Juventus top of the group on 12 points with Shakhtar qualifying second and eliminating reigning champions Chelsea.

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