Tonight Sebastian Giovinco definitively answered certain critics who last year questioned whether he could score important goals: it was his consummate finish past Christian Abbiati that gave Juventus the lead in this evening’s crucial fixture with Milan.
Sent onto the field by Antonio Conte in the 67th minute, the 26-year-old netted just two minutes later, after which his trickery led to the free kick that saw Juve reach their insurmountable 3-1 lead.
Speaking after the final whistle, the Turin-born forward responded to the suggestion that he hasn’t managed to score on the most telling occasions.
He commented: “All goals are important. If you score on an evening like this it’s a different feeling, and I’m very happy. We played a good game tonight and deserved the victory, despite the occasional lapses in concentration that we paid dearly for.”
To beat Milan, Conte’s men again needed to come back from behind , a tendency which Giovinco acknowledged needs to stop.
“We conceded from their first opportunity, we need to try and concentrate for the full game. But we played well apart from those opening 10 minutes and I think it’s an important win.”