Juventus spoil Oscar night
Brazilian's brace cancelled out by Quagliarella equaliser
Last Updated: September 20, 2012 8:22am
Chelsea surrendered a two-goal lead as they were pegged back to draw 2-2 with Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Fabio Quagliarella came off the bench and sprang the offside trap to slot the ball through Petr Cech's legs with 10 minutes remaining and earn a deserved point for the Italian champions.
Things had looked much rosier for Chelsea early on as they began the defence of their UEFA Champions League crown with new boy Oscar to the fore.
On his full debut for the club, the 21-year-old midfielder found the breakthrough just after the half-hour mark as his deflected effort beat Gigi Buffon.
If that was a little fortunate, the second just two minutes later was anything but as the brilliant Brazilian took the ball away from two men with his first touch and curled it into the top corner with his second.
If that was supposed to kill off the visitors then nobody told Arturo Vidal and the visitors were soon back in the game when the Chilean drilled the ball past Cech left-footed from the edge of the area.
After the interval it was an even game with Chelsea content to try and hit Juve on the counter-attack through Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres but the killer blow never arrived.
And when Mikel lost possession in a dangerous area before John Terry recklessly decided to play the offside trap it allowed Quagliarella to get the goal that rewarded the Italians for an impressive display on their European return.
It was all looking so good after 33 minutes of what Roberto Di Matteo yesterday dubbed Mission: "Impossible".
His Midas touch in the competition was in evidence again after the shock selection of Oscar, who he admitted the club might not have convinced to join them had they not ended their agonising wait for Champions League glory.
Chelsea fans still pinching themselves at last season's astonishing triumph were given another glimpse of the European Cup before kick-off when members of the armed forces were handed the honour of parading it.
That proved a prelude to a combative first half-hour, which left David Luiz with a bloody nose and Vidal needing treatment on a knock.
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The quality of football on show was not exactly what Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had paid £80million to see but there were glimpses of the drama to come.
Luiz was under just enough pressure to steer Frank Lampard's corner straight at Buffon, while Torres wasted a great breakaway opportunity after robbing Andrea Pirlo, who is said not to have had a great start to the season by his high standards.
Torres, looking more lively than in his wretched performance at QPR on Saturday, also went close with a header but Juventus carved out the first clear chance when Andrea Barzagli's crossfield ball put Claudio Marchisio one on one with Cech, who came flying out to smother.
Mirko Vucinic should have also done better than fire Vidal's pass into the sidenetting when clean through in the 29th minute and he was made to pay dearly in the next four minutes.
Oscar, who had almost looked like he had been picked to shadow Pirlo, found himself in space 25 yards out and unleashed a drive that Buffon would surely have saved but for a telling nick off Leonardo Bonucci.
If the first was lucky, the second was sublime, Oscar expertly controlling Ashley Cole's pass with his back to goal before spinning and unleashing an unstoppable dipping curler into the top corner.
But Juve are not 42 games unbeaten in Serie A for nothing.
Marchisio almost broke through again and Vidal fired over before taking full advantage of slack defending to drive a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner.
Hazard wasted another breakaway before half-time, after which Chelsea cranked up the pressure, with Branislav Ivanovic's dipping shot just kept out by Buffon.
The goalkeeper also beat away Lampard's driven free-kick before the home side were denied a penalty when
Hazard surged into the box and went down under a clumsy challenge from Barzagli. Referee Pedro Proenca simply told Hazard to get up and he arguably made another mistake when booking Ramires for a perfectly clean tackle.
Vidal deservedly saw yellow for hauling back Oscar but Juve were suddenly on top, Chelsea resorting to the sort of counter-attacking tactics that served them so well last season.
Ramires was withdrawn for Ryan Bertrand before Oscar - who was stood on making a tackle - departed for Juan Mata.
Juventus responded by sending on Quagliarella for Sebastian Giovinco, who was actually looking a real threat.
And after Hazard and Mata almost combined to finish the contest - the latter blasting into the side-netting - the Juve substitute equalised.
It was another defensive horror show from Chelsea, Luiz hopelessly out of position as Quagliarella burst into an acre of space between Terry and Ivanovic to steer Pirlo's through-ball between Cech's legs.
It was a nerve-jangling finish and Quagliarella was desperately unlucky not to complete an incredible turnaround when his left-foot curler clipped the crossbar.
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