Fresh off a confidence boosting win vs Napoli in the Super Coppa Italia final, the Bianconeri got back to winnig ways, by defeating Bologna 2-0 at home with goals from Weston Mckennie and Arthur who was lucky as his goal deflected off a defender.
Juventus can also thank their lucky stars, with remarkable saves from Wojciech Szczesny.
Juve’s last loss to Bologna in all competition was 2-0 at home in February 2011, followed by three draws and now 16 victories.
There was controversy in the opening minutes, as Juan Cuadrado went down under a very risky Emanuel Vignato tackle. Although he seemed to get more ankle than ball, the referee and VAR decided not to intervene.
Juve took the lead with a stroke of luck, as Arthur slipped while taking a hopeful shot from 20 metres out, it took a massive deflection off Jerdy Schouten to completely wrong-foot Lukasz Skorupski.
Federico Bernardeschi got into a good position and had several options open to him, but bizarrely chose a wayward lob.
Skorupski performed a stunning double save on both Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike and the Bernardeschi rebound, then Cuadrado wasted a counter-attack by firing wide one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Bologna gave Adama Soumaoro his debut in the second half, but Wojciech Szczesny needed a sensational reaction save on a diving header from six yards. Bizarrely, it was from his teammate Cuadrado, who was about to score a remarkable own goal.
Not to be out-done, Skorupski had his gloves stung by Cuadrado at the near post, then parried with his body from Alvaro Morata just moments after the Spaniard came off the bench.
From the resulting corner, a series of jumps in the area allowed McKennie to get a free header from eight yards to double Juve’s lead.
McKennie almost completed a brace, his volley from a Ronaldo cross denied by a desperate Skorupski save from close range.
Adrien Rabiot forced a Skorupski fingertip save after surging through the centre, although Morata was furious he didn’t get the pass.
Cuadrado pulled back for Ronaldo’s powerful but central strike, again beaten away by Skorupski.
In the end it was a must win as every match going forward will be a must win, for Juventus as they are seven points behind league leaders Milan who lost this weekend vs Atalanta.