25 October 2020
Dejan Kulusevski’s goal wasn’t enough to secure a victory in Serie A for Juventus against Hellas Verona, as they played to a 1-1 draw at Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening. Both teams had goals ruled out, but at the end of the evening, nothing could separate them.
COLLEY GOAL DISALLOWED
Verona were the team doing most of the attacking play in the opening quarter of an hour. After winning two consecutive free-kicks, Ceccherini forced a save from Tek from a shot from range, before then seeing Colley slot the ball into the back of the net in what he thought was the opening goal. However, it was ruled out for offside.
JUAN CROSSBAR & MORATA CHIP RULED OUT
Juventus’ first chance of the match saw Bernardeschi’s effort turned around the post by Silvestri, while Ramsey’s cross into the box went beyond both Berna and Morata at the far post. The half wrapped up with two close calls for the hosts: Cuadrado came agonizingly close when he connected to a rolling ball in the box and fired it towards goal only to see his effort rattle off the crossbar. Alvaro Morata then thought he had handed the Bianconeri the lead on the stroke of half time when he chipped a delightful ball over the onrushing goalkeeper into the net only to see it ruled out for offside by VAR.
FAVILLI HANDS VERONA THE LEAD
The visitors proved very aggressive when going on the attack, and they threatened in the 55th minute with a snapshot from Zaccagni, who saw his save palmed over the goal frame by Szczesny. The Scaligeri grabbed a 1-0 lead on the stroke of the hour mark when substitute Favilli, who would then go off due to injury minutes later after having come on as a sub, got onto the end of Zaccagni’s pass and fired a ferocious left-footed ball past Szczesny. Pirlo lost Bonucci to injury in the 74th minute of action, seeing Frabotta come on in place of the center-back.
SOLO KULU EFFORT MAKES IT 1-1
The Bianconeri were getting closer and closer to an equalising goal and they were once again denied by the woodwork when Dybala’s effort, which took a deflection, turned into the inside of the crossbar. But they did get their goal when Kulusevski, who came on in the 60th minute, went on an excellent solo run that saw him cut into the box, pull off a series of stepovers and feints before firing an angled effort into the back of the net. The final minutes of the match saw Juventus laying on the pressure, and they forced Silvestri into making saves on Dybala, Morata and Cuadrado, but they couldn’t find that late match win.
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci (Frabotta 74’), Demiral; Cuadrado, Arthur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi (Kulusevski 60’); Ramsey (Vrioni 89’); Dybala, Morata
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Buffon, McKennie, Bentancur, Frabotta, Portanova, Vrioni, Kulusevski, Rafia, Peeters
Verona: Silvestri; Lovato, Ceccherini, Empereur; Faraoni, Vieira, Tameze, Lazovic; Colley, Zaccagni; Kalinic
Verona bench: Berardi, Pandur, Dimarco, Barak, Favilli, Ilić, Terracciano, Cancellieri, Rüegg, Magnani, Dawidowicz, Amione