MATCH REPORT: FIORENTINA 1-1 JUVENTUS

Fit to be tied. Juventus stalled in Florence, as Alvaro Morata came off the bench to cancel out the cheeky Dusan Vlahovic Panenka-style penalty.


This bitter rivalry was only intensified when Federico Chiesa forced a transfer to Juve last summer, but he was injured along with Merih Demiral and didn’t make the trip to his old stadium. Giacomo Bonaventura was suspended, with Borja Valero and Aleksandar Kokorin side-lined. Both sides were in dire need of points, as the Viola were hovering just above the relegation zone, while Juventus risked sliding out of the Champions League spots.


Wojciech Szczesny had to come flying out to get a hand on the Franck Ribery through ball for Dusan Vlahovic after Cristiano Ronaldo gave it away in midfield.


Alex Sandro had to clear at the back post when Gaetano Castrovilli flicked on an Igor cross, then Szczesny flew to palm away the Nikola Milenkovic scorcher.

Fiorentina was unlucky on 21 minutes, as Erick Pulgar’s long-range strike was deflected off Leonardo Bonucci, bounced off the far post, and into a grateful Szczesny’s arms.


The pressure finally paid off when Adrien Rabiot was penalized for handling the ball with his arm straight up in the air. Vlahovic stepped up and confirmed he’s got confidence in spades, as he beat Szczesny with a Panenka chipped penalty.


Aaron Ramsey should’ve equalized just before the break when he was sent clear one-on-one with Bartlomiej Dragowski by Rodrigo Bentancur after good work from Paulo Dybala, but at full stretch the Welshman prodded wide.


Andrea Pirlo transformed his team at half-time, introducing Alvaro Morata and Dejan Kulusevski to go back to 4-4-2. It certainly made an impact, because within 31 seconds Morata swung in what was probably meant to be a left-footed cross, but it bent into the far top corner with Dragowski flapping at thin air.


Matthijs de Ligt was booked and will be suspended against Udinese, while a Pulgar free-kick was deflected to land on the roof of the net.


Szczesny got down to palm a Pulgar effort round the post, while Giorgio Chiellini got his head to a free-kick at the far stick, but could only steer it backward.


Dragowski’s poor clearance was intercepted by Morata, but Milenkovic made a decisive block on Ronaldo.

Juve should’ve taken the lead on 84 minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo only grazed his head to a Kulusevski cross at the back post and it went wide.


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