Juventus ran riot in Turin eliminating a dejected FC Copenhagen from the Champions League competition.
The Italian side were in charge of the game from the start, as the Copenhagen side could only try and batten down the hatches.
Just before the half-hour mark Lars Jacobsen coaxed Paul Pogba inside the box to give the Serie A giants a chance of opening the scoring. Influential Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal stepped up and smashed it hard and low to the left hand side, leaving Johan Wiland no chance.
Copenhagen managed to catch Juventus on the cold soon after the second half kicked off. A free-kick in a dangerous part of the field wasn't dealt with by the usually militant Juve defence and former Aston Villa captain Olof Mellberg made them pay, making the scores level.
He then went from being the Danish side's hero to zero by bringing down Spaniard Fernando Llorente inside the box, giving Juventus their second penalty of the night. The Chilean clearly confident from his first goal, stepped up for a second time and completed his brace just after the hour mark.
Minutes later from the second goal, Vidal made good use of a Paul Pogba cross to head home to complete his hat-trick and Juventus's scoring for the night.
The clearly proud and humbled midfielder commented:
"It's my first hat-trick of my career and i'm taking the ball back home as a gift for my son, to show him when I played this game. We're expecting a little girl now, so I'm very happy''
When asked about his current contract discussions, the midfielder had pleasing news for Juventus fans but not for Manchester United fans, although his signature was little more than a pipe dream in any case:
''There is very little to go until we sign the new contract. I could sign it [on Thursday] or the day after, I'm just waiting for the club.''
The midfielder has reportedly been courted by Manchester United for a couple of years now, and is one of the fans most favoured potential targets, however Real Madrid had emerged as more realistic contenders for his signature in recent months.
For now though, the player seems happy to spend his immediate future in Turin and it closes yet another transfer saga for the January transfer window and beyond.
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