TURIN, Italy -- Two goals from French
international David Trezequet helped Juventus beat Bayer
Leverkusen 4-0 on Thursday in a Champions league Group D game
rescheduled twice after being postponed due to fog.
Domestic form was once again a poor guide to European
success as Juventus went four goals clear after an hour with
Trezeguet's brace taking his Champions League tally to eight and
making him the competition's top scorer so far.
There was no sign of the mist that had led the original
fixture on Nov. 21 and Wednesday's second attempt to be
called off as the small crowd at the Delle Alpi stadium enjoyed
blue skies and sunshine on a crisp afternoon.
The Bundesliga leaders had gone into the match on the back
of a 14-game unbeaten run in the league, while Juventus had
managed just one win in its last eight Serie A outings and
currently stands sixth in the table.
But the home side made the breakthrough in its opening
match in the group on eight minutes when Alessandro Del Piero
headed a Pavel Nedved center across the face of the goal and
Trezeguet headed home.
Bayer then took the game to Juve with defender Zoltan
Sebescen flashing a header just wide in the 22nd minute and
shortly after Oliver Neuville went close with a smart shot on
At the other end, Del Piero produced a wonderful turn to
leave Sebescen on his backside in the area but then the Italy
striker wasted his chance by blasting over from a promising
Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon then pulled off two fine
saves to palm over a thundering Sebescen free-kick and then push
a close-range header from Ulf Kirsten round the post in the 36th
But then, against the run of play, Juve doubled its lead
with French defender Lilian Thuram launching a swift
counter-attack that ended with Trezeguet slipping the ball
inside for Del Piero to slot home.
If Bayer felt a two-goal deficit was hardly a fair return
for its enterprising forward play the club was then dealt a
decisive blow a minute before the break when Juve's Igor Tudor
fired in from close-range after a corner.
That goal knocked the heart out of Bayer and the game was
well and truly over when Trezeguet scored his second and Juve's
fourth on the hour after Nedved crossed from the left and the
French striker blasted a volley in off the post.
Six minutes later the former Monaco forward missed a great
chance to claim his hat trick when Del Piero put him clear on
goal but this time the clinical touch was missing as Trezeguet
In the next round of Group D games, Juve faces Arsenal in
London on Tuesday, while Bayer hosts Spain's Deportivo Coruna.