Juventus got back on track in Bologna with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and fantastic Paulo Dybala left-foot strike, but lost Mattia De Sciglio to injury and had Danilo sent off.
The pressure was really growing on Maurizio Sarri after the two goalless Coppa Italia games, losing the Final to Napoli on penalties. Gonzalo Higuain, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira were injured, so Mattia De Sciglio, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Bernardeschi came in for Danilo, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa. Bologna had Mattia Bani, Jerdy Schouten and Federico Santander suspended, with Andreas Skov-Olsen injured.
Both goalkeepers were almost caught out by shaky back-passes in the opening couple of minutes, while Cristiano Ronaldo cut inside to test Lukasz Skorupski, Stefano Denswil just about blocking the Bernardeschi follow-up.
Rabiot had penalty appeals rejected, as it took a double ricochet off Danilo and then Riccardo Orsolini, so could not be considered intentional handball.
VAR was used later, however, as Denswil had a fistful of Matthijs de Ligt’s shirt as a corner came in. The referee viewed it again and agreed it was a penalty, which Cristiano Ronaldo converted.
There were no complaints about the second Juve goal, as Bernardeschi’s back-heel flick allowed Dybala to turn in the D and curl a magnificent left-foot finish into the top corner. It was unstoppable for Lukasz Skorupski.
Nicola Sansone tried to fight back moments later, his own swerving strike just wide of the far post, then Dybala volleyed a Juan Cuadrado cross off target with his weaker right foot.
Leonardo Bonucci celebrated as if he’d scored a goal when sticking to Orsolini like glue, charging down all three attempts in the same move.
After the restart, Ronaldo should’ve completed a brace, but prodded just wide of the open goal after springing the offside trap.
Moments later, Bernardeschi cut inside from the right and his left-foot screamer was fingertipped on to the far post by Skorupski, the Ronaldo follow-up charged down.
Dybala drilled wide with his right foot too, but Mattia De Sciglio did just enough to stop Musa Barrow turning in a corner from six yards.
There was bad news for De Sciglio, who pulled up while running to clutch his hamstring, suggesting he will be out of action for a few weeks.
Bologna were turning up the pressure as the second half wore on, although Ronaldo and Orsolini curled wide from promising positions.
Ronaldo had the ball in the net in the final minute, but Douglas Costa was offside in the build-up before rolling it across for the Portuguese star.
There was time for another setback, as in stoppages substitute Danilo received his second yellow card for barging into Juwara and was sent off. It means he’ll be suspended for the next game with Lecce and Juventus have no remaining left-backs.
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Sent off: Danilo 91 (J)