Juventus 1-1 Hellas Verona: Kulusevski salvages a degree for below-par Bianconeri
Dejan Kulusevski spared Juventus from their first Serie A defeat of the season as his late objective salvaged a 1-1 draw towards Hellas Verona on the Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Andrea Pirlo’s aspect had been held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Crotone final trip and seemed like they’d be on the top of a good worse consequence when Andrea Favilli put the guests forward after an hour.
Substitute Kulusevski had different concepts, although, slicing in from the precise to attain his second objective for the membership following his arrival from Atalanta in the course of the low season 13 minutes from time.
The consequence strikes Juve as much as fifth – three factors behind leaders Milan, who’ve performed a recreation fewer – whereas Verona stay in eighth.
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Juve had been sluggish within the early phases and needed to wait till the twentieth minute for his or her first try on objective, Marco Silvestri getting down effectively to disclaim Federico Bernardeschi after a swift counter-attacking transfer had carved the Verona defence aside.
Juan Cuadrado was introduced with a wonderful alternative to open the scoring shortly earlier than the interval, however he thundered a 10-yard effort towards the crossbar after one other spectacular transfer.
Alvaro Morata then thought he had given Juve the lead on the stroke of half-time, however his elegant scooped end was dominated out by VAR for offside.
Juve didn’t spark initially of the second interval and had been duly punished on the hour mark when Favilli stroked dwelling from the center of the penalty space after being teed up by Mattia Zaccagni.
Paulo Dybala – making his first Serie A look of the season – crashed a deflected effort from distance towards the crossbar quarter-hour from time, however Kulusevski drew the hosts degree just a few moments later after bamboozling Marco Faraoni and curling into Silvestri’s bottom-right nook.
Adrien Rabiot flashed a robust drive agonisingly huge quickly after as Juventus created a flurry of late alternatives, however they in the end fell wanting expectations and Verona held on.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s self-isolating after testing constructive for COVID-19 whereas on worldwide obligation with Portugal, has now missed three video games for the Serie A champions and his absence was felt on Sunday.
His team-mates had 22 pictures – a lot of which got here within the frantic closing phases – however solely six had been on course. It’s not laborious to think about that quantity would have been considerably greater if the previous Actual Madrid celebrity had been on the pitch.
Spectacular Morata in industrious type
After three objectives in his earlier two video games, Morata was as soon as once more Juve’s brightest spark. He made three key passes – a workforce excessive alongside Dybala – and might declare an help for Kulusevski’s leveller.
Dybala experiences a blended return
The Argentina worldwide was filled with enthusiasm on his return to first-team motion, however his ending left loads to be desired. He had only one shot on course from a whopping 9 pictures, whereas he misplaced possession 19 occasions – greater than every other Juve participant.
Key Opta information
– Favilli is the primary participant to be subbed on, rating after which taken on in lower than 10 minutes throughout a Serie A match within the three-points period (since 1994-95).
– Juventus are winless in two consecutive Serie A video games towards Verona for the primary time since 1989 (4).
– Morata claimed his first Serie A help since Might 2016 (for a Leonardo Bonucci objective towards Sampdoria).
– Kulusevski’s equaliser was simply the second from 12 Serie A objectives scored in its place.
– Verona are unbeaten in two consecutive Serie A video games towards the defending champions for the primary time since 2000 (4, towards Milan and Lazio).
Juve host Barcelona in a mouth-watering Champions League conflict on Wednesday earlier than travelling to Spezia in Serie A on Sunday. Verona, in the meantime, face Venezia within the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and Benevento within the league 5 days later.
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