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Published on Nov 08, 2012
 

Juventus cruise to first win of Champions League campaign

 
 

TURIN, Italy (AFP) - Juventus maintained their bid for a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League by securing their first Group E win with a 4-0 defeat of Nordsjaelland here on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte's Italian champions are still licking the wounds of last Sunday's defeat by Serie A rivals Inter Milan which stopped the Turin giants' unbeaten run at 49 games.

But two weeks after their third draw, Juve turned on the class to grab their first win in the group stages as Kasper Hjulmand's visitors failed to reproduce their heroics that earned them a 1-1 draw in Farum.

Nordsjaelland failed to get a shot on goal even after Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco had given the hosts a 3-0 first-half lead and were given little hope after Fabio Quagliarella made it 4-0 midway through the second half.