(AP) VILLARREAL, Spain — Juventus drew 1-1 at Villarreal in the first round of their round-of-16 encounter on Tuesday, with Dusan Vlahovic scoring 31 seconds into his Champions League debut.

With the away-goal rule abolished this season, Villarreal’s Dani Parejo equalised in the 66th minute, setting up a final in Italy.

When Vlahovic scored a magnificent goal on his first contact with the ball just moments after kickoff, he demonstrated why Juventus chose him to offer the goals it had been missing since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

The 22-year-old Serbia striker did not hesitate to take on center-back combination Pau Torres and Raul Albiol after controlling a long pass from Danilo with his chest. While spinning toward the goal, he utilised one touch to prepare his shot, which he took with his weaker right foot. The low effort touched a defender’s foot before squirting past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli at an angle.

It was his second goal for Juventus since joining from Fiorentina for 70 million euros ($80 million) near the close of the January transfer window.

“He (Vlahovic) is a very young guy who scored in his first Champions League game, so imagine what a career he has ahead of him,” Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo said.

About his new strike partner, Alvaro Morata stated.

Villarreal was tasked with responding with speed on the sides. In the 13th minute, Alfonso Pedraza intercepted the ball and raced down the left side of the box before laying off for Giovani Lo Celso, who scuffed his attempt to find the top of the left post.

In the first half, Vlahovic also impressed with his ability to catch more long balls for his teammates. However, Parejo’s 66th-minute equaliser came after Albiol made it his mission to close that gap.

Following Albiol’s tackle to win a ball from Juventus’ new striker, the Italians compromised their defensive prowess by allowing Etienne Capoue time to pick out a run forward by fellow defenders.

About his new strike partner, Alvaro Morata stated.

Villarreal was tasked with responding with speed on the sides. In the 13th minute, Alfonso Pedraza intercepted the ball and raced down the left side of the box before laying off for Giovani Lo Celso, who scuffed his attempt to find the top of the left post.

Parejo is a midfielder. Parejo was left free of a marker by Juventus’ backline, and he blasted low to tie the game at 1-1.

“It undermines your game plan when they score in the opening minute.” “However, we knew how to hold on and push for the win,” Parejo remarked. “I am pleased with how we played and the chances we created to draw 1-1 after beginning from behind.”

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