Chelsea's Juan Mata reacts after a missed opportunity during their Champions League soccer match against Juventus at Stamford Bridge in London September 19, 2012.
(Photo : REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Chelsea started the defense of its championship with a 2-2 tie to Juventus in the highlight match of the day.
The defending champs got off to the start they wanted to with two goals from Oscar in the 31st and 33rd minute to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, they could not hold the advantage heading into the half as Arturo Vidal scored in 38th minute to push the Italian squad within one.
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The second half showed why Juventus has been undefeated in 42 straight games of the Serie A. Substitute Fabio Quagliarella burst through John Terry and Ivanovic to take a perfect Andrea Pirlo pass that he deposited into the back of the net. Quagliarella almost added a second goal as time wound down but he only hit the cross bar.
Juventus hout shot Chelsea 17 to 11 but only 3 of their shots were on target while 7 of Chelsea's were on target. Chelsea dominated possession 54 percent to 46 percent.
The tie puts Chelsea and Juventus in a draw for second place in the group after Shakhtar Donetsk defeated FC Nordsjaelland 2-0 off two goals from Henrik Mkhitaryan in the 44th and 76th minute. The Ukranians were dominated in possession despite outshooting Norsjaelland 20 to 3.
Next up, Chelsea takes on FC Nordsjaellan on October 2nd while Juventus gets a shot at Shakhtar Donetsk.