Champions League: Morata Shines As Juventus Spank Ferencvaros
Another double strike by Alvaro Morata propelled Juventus to a 4-1 win against Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros as Cristiano Ronaldo returned from coronavirus for his first Champions League game this season.
The Spaniard struck in each half, repeating his double haul against Dynamo Kiev in the Group G opener, with a late Paulo Dybala tap-in and an own-goal by Lasha Dvali easing Juventus past their hosts in Budapest.
"I feel good, I have everything I need here at Juve," said Morata.
"Everything I've experienced during my career, the good and the bad, has helped me to become a better player," he said.
In heavy rain, Juventus opened their account on seven minutes when Leonardo Bonucci split the home defence to send Juan Cuadrado dashing down the right wing.
The lively Colombian fizzed a low cross across the goalmouth for the onrushing Morata to fire home from close range.
Backed by over 20,000 home fans in the vast Puskas Arena Ferencvaros responded gamely to the opener but squandered several chances to equalise midway through the half.
Norwegian dangerman Tokmac Nguen went closest when blasting wide while well-positioned.
Approaching half-time Andrea Pirlo's side should have gone two-up but Morata, sent clear on goal, opted to lay off to Ronaldo, whose effort was blocked by the lunging Miha Blazic.
Ronaldo, who tried hard throughout without scoring, had been Covid-positive for 19 days after a test while on international duty with Portugal, missing four games and returning to Serie A action last Sunday. (AFP)