Football: Higuain hits bar as Sevilla hold out for point at Juve

Juventus' Miralem Pjanic (right) in action during the match.
Juventus' Miralem Pjanic (right) in action during the match.PHOTO: EPA

MILAN (REUTERS) - A Gonzalo Higuain header that hit the crossbar was the closest Juventus came to breaking the deadlock in their Champions League Group H opener against Sevilla in Turin on Wednesday (Sept 14).

Sami Khedira, playing his 50th Champions League match and fifth for Juve, had two chances to put the Italians ahead in the opening quarter of an hour and Paulo Dybala was foiled by keeper Sergio Rico, who time and again kept Sevilla in the match.

Just before the hour was up Higuain headed a Dani Alves cross onto the bar in the clearest chance of the match.

Sergio Escudero had Sevilla's only effort on target in the 27th minute but it was easily dealt with by Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Europa League holders Sevilla lacked punch up front but will be pleased having taken a potentially valuable point.