Moise Kean was on target for the fourth Serie A game on the bounce, but SPAL fought back for a 2-1 victory to postpone the Juventus Scudetto party.
The Bianconeri needed just one point to be sure of their eighth consecutive Scudetto, with a record six rounds to spare, so with the Champions League quarter-final against Ajax coming up on Tuesday, Max Allegri rested numerous stars. Juan Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli made their comebacks after long injury lay-offs, with 17-year-old defender Paolo Gozzi getting his Serie A debut. SPAL were hovering above the relegation zone, but Jasmin Kurtic was not fit enough to start, so Pasquale Schiattarella stepped in.
Alessandro Murgia’s overhead kick didn’t quite work out and Paulo Dybala had a shot charged down, but SPAL started to take control of proceedings.
Mohamed Fares and Andrea Petagna had efforts deflected during the same sweeping right-to-left move, while on the resulting corner Barzagli’s defending prevented Petagna nodding in from six yards.
Juventus took the lead somewhat against the run of play, as Joao Cancelo cut inside from the right and his daisy-cutter was going wide, but Kean found himself in the vicinity and stuck out a foot to redirect from 12 yards, wrong-footing Emiliano Viviano. It was the 19-year-old Italy international’s fourth consecutive Serie A match on target, his sixth in a row between club and country. He also became the youngest player to score in four Serie A games on the bounce in the three points for a win era.
Another Dybala curler from the edge of the box was charged down, while Sergio Floccari couldn’t steer his header on target.
SPAL came out fighting for the second half and Kevin Bonifazi’s downward header from a corner at the near post put them on level terms.
The hosts continued to pour forward, notching up a series of corners and pinning Juve back into their own half. Murgia’s header was too weak and straight at Mattia Perin on a floated Lazzari cross, but Hans Nicolussi-Caviglia stung Viviano’s gloves from distance.
However, SPAL turned the game around completely when Murgia used his chest to intercept a pass on the edge of the area, rolled across for Floccari and the veteran striker swept into the far bottom corner from 12 yards. It was his first Serie A goal of the season.
This result would postpone the Scudetto party, so Juve threw on Federico Bernardeschi and poured forward, but deep into stoppages his free kick was nodded wide by Mattia De Sciglio.
These are three precious points to keep SPAL away from the drop zone and they become only the second Serie A team to beat Juventus this season.
It is still possible Juventus could win the Scudetto this weekend if Napoli fail to beat bottom of the table Chievo.
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