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Dybala's hat-trick lifts Juventus

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala holds the ball after scoring a hat-trick during the Champions League Group H against Young Boys yesterday.

TURIN, Italy (AP):

No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem for Juventus.

Paulo Dybala filled in for the suspended star by scoring his first Champions League hat-trick to give the Italian team a 3-0 victory over Young Boys yesterday.

With Ronaldo watching from the stands after getting his first-ever red card in the competition in the previous round, Dybala rediscovered the scoring form that saw the Argentina international score 22 Serie A goals last season.

"I wanted a match like this," Dybala said, with a huge smile on his face and clutching the match ball. "But I think the whole team approached the match with the right attitude."

It took Dybala less than five minutes to give Juventus the lead with a delightful chipped volley after a long ball over the top from Leonardo Bonucci.

Juventus almost doubled their lead 10 minutes later as Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos could only parry Federico Bernardeschi's effort but it was cleared for a corner.

However, Von Ballmoos was punished for a similar mistake in the 33rd minute when he pushed away Blaise Matuidi's fierce shot and Dybala was on hand to tuck the rebound into the bottom left corner.

Dybala completed his hat-trick in the 69th, finishing off a long passing move by Juventus after being unselfishly teed up by Juan Cuadrado.

Other results: Hoffenheim 1 Man City 2; AEK Athens 2 Benfica 3; Roma 5 Plzen 0; Bayern 1 Ajax 1; CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 0; Lyon 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 2; Man United 0 Valencia 0.