SERIE A MATCH REPORT

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Brescia 1 - 2 Juventus
A Donnarumma 4 (B), Chancellor og 39 (J), Pjanic 63 (J)
Stadio Mario Rigamonti

Brescia had taken the early lead on Mario Balotelli’s debut, but a Chancellor own goal and Miralem Pjanic volley turned it around for Juventus.

Balotelli’s four-match left-over Ligue 1 ban had expired, so he was finally able to make the debut for his hometown club, though Ernesto Torregrossa, Emanuele Ndoj, Mattia Viviani and Giangiacomo Magnani were injured. Maurizio Sarri continued tinkering, as he left Cristiano Ronaldo at home, moving Aaron Ramsey to trequartista in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Mario Mandzukic were unavailable.

It took four minutes for Brescia to break the deadlock at the Rigamonti, as Alfredo Donnarumma smashed it at the near top corner from just inside the box, bending back Wojciech Szczesny’s gloves. The goalkeeper could’ve done better, but Sandro Tonali spread the play well and it was Serie A debutant Donnarumma’s fourth goal in his first five games.

Adrien Rabiot had his first start in a Juventus jersey and blasted over after Dybala’s attempt was charged down, while Gonzalo Higuain tested Jens Joronen at the near post and Ramsey’s header was just off target from the resulting corner.

Sami Khedira’s angled drive flashed wide, but Juve lost Danilo to a muscular injury, introducing Juan Cuadrado as makeshift right-back.

Cuadrado’s cross only grazed Gonzalo Higuain’s head and Sami Khedira at the back post, but Balotelli’s rocket of a free kick was fingertipped over the bar by Szczesny.

Juve eventually got their equaliser when Dybala’s corner bounced off Joronen’s gloves and Chancellor’s head to ricochet into the net from close range.

Balotelli tried again from a set play, this time curling wide of the near post, in a very open and entertaining match.

Juve pushed after the restart with a series of great scoring opportunities, as Joronen stood his ground one-on-one with Higuain and also managed to stop Chancellor scoring another own goal on the rebound.

Moments later, Dybala tested Joronen from the by-line down the right and Rabiot thought he’d scored on the follow-up, but was denied by a goal-line clearance.

The pressure was growing and Juve turned the game around. Dybala’s free kick from just outside the area hit the wall, but Miralem Pjanic smacked the rebound on the volley to fly into the far bottom corner.

Barely a minute later, Brescia almost equalised, as Daniele Dessena’s chest and volley shaved a coat of paint off the far top corner.

It was open and chaotic, as Khedira ran from midfield on a solo effort and almost scored, then Szczesny had to beat away an Alessandro Matri strike with Romulo unable to turn in the rebound.

Federico Bernardeschi fired a couple of long-range strikes off target and Balotelli’s header was over the bar under pressure. Deep into stoppages, Joronen's save on Cuadrado pushed the ball into the path of Higuain, who failed to turn in from six yards.

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Brescia: Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Mateju (Martella 69); Bisoli, Tonali, Dessena; Romulo (Aye 84); Balotelli, A Donnarumma (Matri 64)
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo (Cuadrado 19), Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Rabiot; Ramsey (Bernardeschi 69); Higuain, Dybala (Matuidi 80)
Ref: Pasqua