It had never happened to me before, says Wojciech Szczesny as he leaves the pitch grasping his chest.

On Friday night, during the first half of Juventus’ 1-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon, keeper Wojciech Szczesny was seen leaving the pitch while holding his chest because he was struggling to breathe’ The ambience at the stadium became tense when Szczesny walked off the pitch holding his chest.

Szczesny required medical attention in the 41st minute after clutching his chest, and a number of his teammates were visibly concerned, gesturing for the custodian to receive assistance from the sideline.

The Poland international left the pitch in tears, accompanied by the Juventus medical staff, to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Shortly before halftime, Mattia Perin replaced Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Juventus.

Szczesny stated, “I am fine, I was a little anxious, but we ran all the tests and everything is fine.”

Manuel Locatelli, Bremer, and referee Halil Umut Meler of Juventus gesture for medical personnel after Wojciech Szczesny of Juventus sustained an injury. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

It had never happened to me before, I was labouring to breathe, and it caused me great concern.

Coates blocked Dusan Vlahovic’s 73rd-minute header at the goal line, and Gatti tapped in the ricochet from close range.

Paul Pogba made his first appearance outside of Serie A this season when he replaced Angel Di Maria as a late substitute, and Perin made a crucial save in stoppage time to prevent the visitors from equalising.

Federico Gatti’s second-half goal gave Juventus a 1-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon in Thursday’s first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. With the win, Juventus took a small stride towards the Europa League semifinals.

Saturday’s Serie A loss to Lazio by a score of 2-1 prompted Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri to switch to a more offensive formation with three forwards but with limited success.

“I consistently assert that football is not a mathematical equation. I decided to use these three up front because we were frequently unbalanced against a formidable opponent like Sporting.

Federico Chiesa had the first opportunity, firing an angled shot from inside the box that Sporting custodian Antonio Adan blocked.

Sporting dominated the majority of the match and had scoring opportunities in the first half. Wojciech Szczesny of Juventus saved Sebastian Coates’s strike before Gleison Bremer cleared a Nuno Santos attempt off the line.

The outcome extended Sporting’s winless streak in Italy. Four of their sixteen encounters in the country have ended in a draw, compared to 12 losses.

With Reuters Inputs

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