Carlos Tevez opened the scoring after 13 minutes, but Marco Reus continued his good form shortly afterwards by netting a crucial away goal. Alvaro Morata then side-footed home the winner two minutes before the break against the run of play, while Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled to make their second-half dominance count.
A BVB side boasting three changes from Matchday 22’s victory in Stuttgart began in their customary, high-pressing fashion. Ciro Immobile fired over against his former club after a minute, but the visitors’ confident start was punctured abruptly when Roman Weidenfeller failed to deal with a low cross and a lurking Tevez poked home from close range.
Undeterred, die Schwarz-Gelben continued pressing, and five minutes after going behind, Reus forced Giorgio Chiellini into an error on the edge of his box, the German international duly seizing on the slip-up and slotting calmly past an onrushing Gianluigi Buffon for an away goal. The early tempo didn’t let up, and despite BVB’s pressure preventing Juventus ever settling, it was the hosts who retook the lead shortly before the interval, Morata side-footing home in similar fashion to Tevez after another cross from the left.
No quarter asked
Dortmund continued in the same vein after the break, prohibiting La Vecchia Signora from ever getting going. Immobile almost profited in the 56th minute, testing Buffon on the turn, but Weidenfeller had to be equally alert to deny Leonardo Bonucci at the other end before the hour mark. Klopp’s side were controlling possession but struggling to find a way through the hosts’ defensive core, and although Reus was a constant menace, Tevez underlined Juventus' threat on the counter by firing narrowly wide with 71 minutes played.
Both sides had chances to alter the scoreline in an end-to-end final ten minutes, which belied the otherwise tense and often scrappy nature of the second period. Mats Hummels headed substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross wide in the 81st minute, while Roberto Pereyra spurned a gilt-edged chance with five minutes remaining. Despite the narrow defeat, BVB will take a priceless away goal back to the Signal Iduna Park for the second leg on 18 March.
Juventus: Buffon - Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra - Marchisio, Pirlo (Pereyra, 37'), Pogba, Vidal (Padoin, 87') - Tevez (Coman, 89'), Morata
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek (Ginter, 32'), Sokratis (Kirch, 46'), Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Sahin - Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang - Immobile (Blaszczykowski, 75')
Goals: 1-0 Tevez (13'), 1-1 Reus (18'), 2-1 Morata (43')