Paulo Dybala put a difficult start to the season behind him as he scored two late goals to help Juventus come from behind to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Alexei Miranchuk gave Lokomotiv the lead on the half-hour mark as the Russian team threatened to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season in the competition.
But Dybala levelled in the 77th minute and doubled his tally two minutes later to help Juventus keep pace with Atlético Madrid at the top of Group D.
“I’m very happy, I really needed two goals like this,” said Dybala, who had only scored once this season.
“It was a difficult game but tonight you could really see the level of experience of our team. We always remained calm until we finally scored.”
There have been question marks over whether Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain can all play together but Juventus looked a better side in the second half after the latter came off the bench, and posed more of an attacking threat.
“Now we won and you all say that we can play together. But if we were losing, the opinions would have been completely different,” Dybala said. “I just say that we need to keep working hard as we are doing. The coach has his own ideas and we fully trust him.”