Kean strikes to end Verona's resilience - again

Kean strikes to end Verona's resilience - again
Kean strikes to end Verona's resilience - again
Kean strikes to end Verona's resilience - again

Juventus collected three precious points with a narrow win over Hellas Verona to maintain the winning form that had taken the Bianconeri into the international break.

The game's only goal was scored by Moise Kean - exactly as he had done in the first meeting between the two sides.

The Match

Despite the two sides battling for vastly different objectives - Juve to break into the top four, Verona to climb out of the bottom four - there was nothing to split the teams in the first half.

Ondrej Duda found himself with the ball at his feet inside the Bianconeri penalty area in the third minute but the Slovak drove his low shot straight at Wojciech Szczęsny. That would be the shot stoppers only save of the opening 45 minutes.

However, on the quarter hour mark Tek was grateful that Fabio Depaoli’s vicious volley whistled wide of his far post.

Juve threatened with two free-kicks. The first, struck by Juan Cuadrado - celebrating his 300th appearance with the Bianconeri - drove his shot over the bar. The second saw Arek Milik roll the ball for Danilo, whose drive took a wicked deflection, which diverted the ball onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

The game was taking the same shape as the corresponding fixture in Verona. A tight encounter with scoring chances few and far between.

And exactly as happened in November it was Moise Kean that broke the deadlock. On 55 minutes, the striker latched onto a through-ball from Manuel Locatelli. His first touch set him up, the second saw him beat Lorezno Montipò with a low drive.

Dušan Vlahović, Ángel Di María and Filip Kostić were all brought on as Juve looked for a killer second goal but it was Szczęsny who was called on more than his opposite number. The Juve keeper did well to sweep the ball away from the advancing Kevin Lasagna before making a full-stretch save from Filippo Terraciano’s long-range effort.

The last chance fell to Juve, however, when a well-worked free-kick saw Di María float in a cross which was met by Federico Gatti. The number 15 carefully placed his header across the face of goal but Bremer couldn’t find the finishing touch.


Scorer: 55′ Kean

JUVENTUS: Szczęsny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cuadrado (65′ Kostic), Fagioli, Locatelli, Barrenechea (46′ Miretti), De Sciglio; Milik (59′ Di Maria), Kean (59′ Vlahovic). Subs not used: Pinsoglio, Perin, Alex Sandro, Rugani, Soulé, Iling-Junior. Coach: Allegri.

HELLAS VERONA: Montipò; Dawidowicz, Ceccherini (66′ Cabal), Magnani; Faraoni (81′ Terracciano), Tameze, Veloso (66′ Verdi), Depaoli (66′ Doig); Duda; Lasagna (77′ Ngonge), Gaich. Subs not used: Perilli, Ravasio, Braaf, Abilgaard, Kallon. Coach: Zaffaroni.

Referee: Marchetti

BOOKINGS: 44′ Depaoli, 58′ Gaich, 59′ Kean

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