Chelsea Throw Away Lead, Juventus Draw At Stamford Bridge

Oscar scored twice to put Chelsea up by two goals in the first half, but Juventus came back to level the match at 2-2 and earn a point.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Final Score 2-2, Old Lady Fight Back

Juventus struggled through the opening 35 minutes of their Champions League return, but Chelsea failed to put them away. As the Bianconeri slowly found their footing and improved late in the first half and into the second half, Chelsea failed to step up their game, and Juventus were able to turn a 2-0 deficit into an important 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The combination of some 50-50 refereeing decisions that did not go their way and an injury to Oscar turned the tables in the favor of Juventus late in the match. Chelsea looked like the better team for almost all of the first 75 minutes of the game, but Juventus took control in the 75th minute, when Fabio Quagliarella entered the game for them and Oscar exited for the Blues.

Oscar was clearly Chelsea's best player in the first half, taking advantage of a great opportunity in a surprise start over Juan Mata. In addition to scoring both of his team's goals, he did a terrific job of marking Andrea Pirlo in the first half, denying Juventus' deep-lying playmaker possession of the ball throughout the first 45 minutes.

Chelsea's first goal was well-deserved after a 30-minute period of mostly sustained pressure, but they still needed a bit of luck to score. Oscar's 25-yard shot took a big deflection off Leonardo Bonucci, leaving Gianluigi Buffon helpless on the 31st minute goal. Two minutes later, Buffon was left helpless for an entirely different reason on a magical second goal from Oscar, who looped a perfect shot into the back of the net from the same distance.

Surprisingly, Juventus fired their way back into the match before halftime. In the 38th minute, Claudio Marchisio found Arturo Vidal at the top of the box. The Chilean midfielder took a touch and found a shooting lane, thanks to a slightly relaxed Chelsea defense, and struck a very well-placed finish to the back post to make the score 2-1.

The Blues simply couldn't catch a break in the second half. Eden Hazard was tripped up by Andrea Barzagli in the 58th minute and was unlucky not to win a penalty. A few minutes later, Fernando Torres appeared to be tripped up at the edge of the penalty area, and referee Pedro Proenca waived play on again. In the 70th minute, Oscar picked up a knock on a hard challenge by Bonucci. He attempted to run off his injury, but came out for Mata five minutes later.

At the same time, Quagliarella entered for Sebastian Giovinco, which proved to be a decisive substitution. He was the scorer of Juventus' equalizer, though the goal was practically gifted to the Old Lady. A John Obi Mikel giveaway started the attack, and John Terry was slow to step up on a ball into the box by Marchisio. Quagliarella beat the poor offside trap, got onto the end of the ball and finished, leveling the match.

A draw seemed like the most likely result from then until the end of the match, as neither team looked particularly great going forward, but Quagliarella did nick the crossbar with another shot a few minutes after his goal. He looked very upset about missing the opportunity, but he'll likely get over it quickly. A draw was a great result for Juventus, especially considering how poorly they played to start the match.

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Old Lady, check out Juventus FC blog Black and White and Read All Over. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Halftime Score 2-1, Oscar Stunning

Many scoffed at the £20m+ price tag on Oscar when Chelsea purchased him from Internacional, but very few will be questioning the youngster's transfer fee after his first half performance against Juventus. He received a surprise start over Juan Mata and has made the most of the opportunity with two first half goals.

His first was a tad bit lucky and aided by a deflection, but there was no luck involved in his second of the match. Two minutes after he put Chelsea ahead, Oscar hit a world class strike in the 33rd minute to double their lead. With his back to the goal, the Brazilian international took a touch, made a great turn, then curled an absolutely perfect shot over and around the outstretched hand of Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus initially looked a bit shell shocked by the goal, but eventually managed to pull themselves together and fight their way back into the match. Arturo Vidal scored the goal that gave Juventus new life in the 38th minute, assisted by Claudio Marchisio. After receiving Marchisio's pass on the edge of the box, Vidal found himself a bit of space and hit a perfect shot across his body, to the far post to make it 2-1.

Chelsea have been the better side and Oscar has been brilliant outside of just his goals -- he's man-marking Andrea Pirlo very effectively -- but this game is nowhere near in the bag for them. Their defense has looked shaky and there's no reason to believe that Juventus can't equalize at any moment.

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Old Lady, check out Juventus FC blog Black and White and Read All Over. We have coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Juventus StoryStream. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, UEFA Champions League: Juve's Back and It Feels So Good

Our Juventus blog Black & White & Red All Over provides a preview of The Old Lady's long awaited return to the Champions League.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, UEFA Champions League: Scouting the Old Lady

Our Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History provides a detailed and informative scouting report for today's Champions League opponent Juventus.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Oscar is a slightly surprising starter over Juan Mata for Chelsea, whose team is otherwise exactly as expected. Juventus have sprung no surprises on anyone with their team selection, which is their normal first-choice 3-5-2 setup. It's not clear whether Oscar or Eden Hazard will start on the wing, but it's not terribly relevant. They'll do a lot of interchanging anyway.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic; Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires; Fernando Torres

Juventus starting lineup (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Kwadwo Asamoah, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Stefan Lichtsteiner; Sebastian Giovinco, Mirko Vucinic

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET from Stamford Bridge. You can catch the game on FOX Soccer in the U.S., Sky Sports 2 in the U.K. and Sportsnet regional networks in Canada.

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Old Lady, check out Juventus FC blog Black and White and Read All Over. We'll have coverage of every match in our UEFA Champions League Wednesday StoryStream. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Juventus, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

Two-time European champions Juventus have returned to the Champions League. They play Chelsea in the biggest game of Wednesday's slate.

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