SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 27 May 2017 (17.00 UK)
Bologna 1 - 2 Juventus
Taider 52 (B), Dybala 70 (J), Kean 94 (J)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Juventus fought back from a Saphir Taider stunner to conquer Bologna with Paulo Dybala and 17-year-old Moise Kean’s debut Serie A goal.

The Bianconeri had already won their sixth consecutive Scudetto and third Coppa Italia in a row, but wanted to test Sami Khedira’s fitness levels ahead of next Saturday’s Champions League Final with Real Madrid. Dani Alves was suspended, Marko Pjaca injured, but 20-year-old Emil Audero given his Serie A debut in goal. Federico Di Francesco and Domenico Maietta were sidelined.

Juve are unbeaten against Bologna in Serie A since a 2-0 Turin result in February 2011, putting together three draws and seven victories. Their last defeat at the Dall’Ara was 3-0 in November 1998 with Giuseppe Signori on target, followed by five stalemates and nine successes.

Mattia Destro fired wide, then Kwadwo Asamoah crossed on a Gonzalo Higuain back-heel flick for Paulo Dybala’s shot charged down at the near post.

Stefano Sturaro had the ball in the back of the net, but was already offside when he met the Dybala assist at full stretch.

Higuain didn’t put enough power behind his effort, smothered by Angelo Da Costa, while Sturaro had another great chance on Khedira’s cross-field pass, this time blocked by a decisive Emil Krafth sliding tackle.

On the stroke of half-time, Higuain’s angled drive flashed just wide from the edge of the box.

Straight after the restart, Higuain sent Khedira clear with a marvellous flick off the outside of the boot, but the German international only hit the side-netting from close range.

It was Bologna who broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from Saphir Taider. He channelled his inner Alessandro Del Piero by cutting in from the left and curling a right-foot rocket into the far top corner. Audero on his debut had no chance.

Dybala should’ve equalised, but narrowed the angle too much on his volley, while Da Costa had to time the rush off his line perfectly to stop Higuain going clear.

Da Costa prevented a Dybala stunner by clawing the right-foot finish out of the far top corner after a remarkable left-foot touch to get into position.

Moments later, Da Costa denied Higuain from 10 yards too, but Dybala was quickest on the rebound to fire under the net. It was La Joya’s first away goal since October in Empoli, ending a run of 16 home strikes in all competition.

Federico Viviani’s free kick skimmed the far post and a Miralem Pjanic volley whistled wide. Just as it seemed to be ending in a stalemate, deep into stoppages a Pjanic free kick over the top found Kean to peel away from his marker and turn a diving header into the far bottom corner. Kean was the first player in Serie A born in the year 2000 and this was his debut goal.


Bologna: Da Costa; Krafth (Petkovic 75), Torosidis, Gastaldello, Mbaye; Pulgar (Nagy 86), Viviani, Taider; Okwonkwo, Destro, Krejci (Masina 68)
Juventus: Audero; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Benatia, Asamoah; Marchisio (Pjanic 56), Khedira (Mandzukic 59); Cuadrado, Dybala (Kean 78), Sturaro; Higuain
Ref: Mariani