Gonzalo Higuain ends drought as Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to win group

Juventus, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, 2-0 win secured top spot in Group H ahead of Sevilla.

By: AP | Turin | Published: December 8, 2016 10:33 am
Italy Soccer Champions League Goal against Dinamo Zagreb was Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal since scoring on Nov. 2 against Lyon. (Source: AP)

Gonzalo Higuain ended his scoring drought as Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 on Wednesday to win its Champions League group.

Juventus had already qualified for the knockout stages, but the victory secured top spot in Group H ahead of Sevilla, which also advanced following a 0-0 draw with Lyon.

Higuain blasted a strike into the top left corner from the edge of the area after being set up by Mario Lemina early in the second half.

It was Higuain’s first goal since scoring on Nov. 2 against Lyon.

Higuain joined Juventus before the season from rival Napoli for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) after scoring 36 Italian-league goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record.

Defender Daniele Rugani added another for Juventus with a header from a Miralem Pjanic corner.

Juventus finished with 14 points, three ahead of Sevilla. Lyon has eight points and will play in the Europa League, while Dinamo lost all six matches.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was rested, with Neto starting in goal for the Bianconeri. It made little difference, as Dinamo rarely threatened, exiting the tournament with no goals scored and 15 conceded becoming the third team in competition history to go scoreless in the group stage.

Before the match, Dinamo fans were reportedly been pushed back with water hoses after breaking through police lines outside the stadium. Several fans were injured, according to the ANSA news agency.

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