SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 6 - 26 Sep 2018 (20.00 UK)
Juventus 2 - 0 Bologna
Dybala 11 (J), Matuidi 16 (J)
Allianz Stadium

Paulo Dybala got his first goal of the season and Cristiano Ronaldo assisted Blaise Matuidi, as Juventus made short work of Bologna.

The Bianconeri had a 100 per cent record in all competition, so were seeking a seventh consecutive victory. Mattia Perin made his debut and Andrea Barzagli returned from injury, as Max Allegri rotated both squad and system to a 3-5-2, but Douglas Costa was suspended with Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio, Moise Kean and Leonardo Spinazzola siedelined. Pippo Inzaghi’s side hadn’t scored a single goal before beating Roma 2-0 at the weekend, but missed Andrea Poli, Rodrigo Palacio, Godfred Donsah, Filip Helander and banned Erick Pulgar.

The last time Bologna beat Juventus was a 2-0 success in Turin in February 2011, followed by three draws and 10 defeats, home and away in all competition.

Paulo Dybala broke his goal drought with a well-worked move. Dybala hooked a long Leonardo Bonucci ball over the top, set up Blaise Matuidi for a shot parried by Lukasz Skorupski, but could do nothing on La Joya’s acrobatic volley follow-up.

Matuidi did get his goal eventually, as Dybala’s cross found Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post, knocking it back across the face of goal for the Frenchman to smash under the bar from a tight angle.

Ronaldo’s fierce attempt was beaten away by Skorupski at the near post, while Bologna’s only real chances were from Diego Falcinelli.

Penalty appeals were waved away for a Blerim Dzemaili handling offence considered to be involuntary and Skorupski flew to fingertip a Cancelo curler round the far post.

Miralem Pjanic risked a second yellow on a couple of occasions, so Max Allegri wisely removed him from the fray. Perin had precious little to do on his Juventus debut, plucking a Ladislav Krejci free kick out of the air.

It was almost 3-0 in stoppages, but Skorupski parried the Emre Can effort.

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Juventus: Perin; Barzagli (Alex Sandro 85), Bonucci, Benatia; Cuadrado (Bernardeschi 76), Bentancur, Pjanic (Emre Can 63), Matuidi, Cancelo; Dybala, Ronaldo
Bologna: Skorupski; Calabresi, Danilo, Paz; Mbaye, Nagy, Dzemaili, Krejci, Dijks (Orsolini 86); Falcinelli (Okwonkwo 68), Destro (Santander 68)
Ref: Mariani