SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 25 Oct 2020 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 1 - 1 Verona
Favilli 60 (V), Kulusevski 77 (J)
Allianz Stadium

Juventus again failed to get the three points in Serie A, as only a Dejan Kulusevski moment of magic cancelled out the Andrea Favilli opener for Hellas Verona.

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Paulo Dybala got his first start in three months with Federico Bernardeschi, Alvaro Morata and Aaron Ramsey, but Alex Sandro, Matthijs de Ligt and Giorgio Chiellini were injured, with Federico Chiesa suspended. Hellas made the trip without Miguel Veloso, Samuel Di Carmine, Koray Gunter, Mert Cetin, Marco Benassi and Eddie Salcedo, so Nikola Kalinic received his first start for the club.

Juve were wearing a special edition jersey designed in conjunction with Pharrell Williams, made to visibly be hand-drawn.

Kalinic tested Wojciech Szczesny from close range after out-muscling Leonardo Bonucci and on the resulting corner, Ebrima Colley had the ball in the net after wandering offside.

Juve’s first chance came on 20 minutes, as Bernardeschi sprung the offside trap to sprint forward, Marco Silvestri palming the snapshot round the near post.

Verona were more dangerous again, Colley hooking a Darko Lazovic ball back across the six-yard box with nobody able to finish, then Kalinic’s scuffed effort went wide.

Ramsey’s cross went just beyond both Bernardeschi and Morata, but the best chance of the half fell to Juan Cuadrado on 42 minutes. It was at the end of a well-worked team move, Cuadrado hitting a rocket from 12 yards on to the crossbar after Bernardeschi rolled it across from the left.

Morata thought he had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when running on to a Cuadrado through ball and immediately flicking it up over Silvestri with a delightful first-time lob. However, it was disallowed using VAR for the slimmest of offside margins.

Szczesny palmed a long-range Mattia Zaccagni effort over and Verona took the lead when Zaccagni rolled across a smart no-look pass with the outside of the boot for Andrea Favilli to smash home. It was a special goal for the substitute, who spent time in the Juventus youth academy and is on loan from Genoa, but he pulled a thigh muscle during that move and had to come off again, lasting just seven minutes.

Ramsey had penalty appeals waved away, as he went over too easily under pressure from Massimo Lovato. Dejan Kulusevski wasted a promising move and Juve had a series of corners to pin Hellas back, Silvestri smothering a Morata effort on the turn.

Things deteriorated for the Bianconeri, as Leonardo Bonucci pulled up clutching the back of his thigh and immediately asked to be substituted, making him a real doubt to face Barcelona next week too.

Dybala was unlucky on 76 minutes, his strike from the D taking a double deflection to loop up and bounce off the crossbar.

The equaliser arrived moments later, as Kulusevski’s shimmy drove Davide Faraoni dizzy as he cut inside from the right to place a snooker shot into the far bottom corner.

Juve wanted to win it and Adrien Rabiot’s rocket skimmed the upright, as did Dybala’s scuffed finish from 12 yards. In stoppages, Silvestri parried a Dybala solo strike and got hold of the Morata follow-up header too.

Silvestri also had to palm a Cuadrado scorcher out of the near top corner.

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Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci (Frabotta 75), Demiral; Cuadrado, Arthur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi (Kulusevski 61); Ramsey (Vrioni 90); Dybala, Morata
Verona: Silvestri; Lovato, Ceccherini (Magnani 55), Empereur; Faraoni, Vieira, Tameze (Ilic 51), Lazovic; Colley, Zaccagni; Kalinic (Favilli 55) (Barak 62)
Ref: Pasqua