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Juventus hanging on to Crotone

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 18, 2020
Unable to win on the lawn of promoted Crotone this Saturday, as part of the fourth day of Serie A (1-1), Juventus could not do better than a draw. The expulsion of Federico Chiesa did not help.

Juventus will have to wait a little longer before offering themselves a first away victory in the league this season. This Saturday, the players of the Old Lady, deprived of a Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for Covid-19 and still in isolation, did not do better than a draw on the lawn of Crotone, just returned to Serie A. Authors of a complicated start to the match with a penalty conceded in the 12th minute and transformed by Simy for the locals (1- 0), Andrea Pirlo’s men found the loophole less than ten minutes later to equalize, thanks to Alvaro (1-1, 21st).

No double for Morata

But the Turinese reaction capacity was more or less limited to that. Especially since Federico Chiesa decided to take out the secateurs on an opposing player, collecting a direct red card (60th) to leave his teammates outnumbered for half an hour. Admittedly, Alvaro Morata thought he scored a double, on a three-cushion billiard shot after a shot from Cuadrado, but the VAR had stifled the joy of the center forward, signaled in an offside position (76th).

Very lively, the Spanish international could not prevent Juve from conceding a draw (1-1), the second in two trips this season in the league. Facing the red lantern of Serie A, this sharing of points is a real underperformance for the Bianconeri who let AC Milan slip away at the top of the elite of transalpine football. Absentees do not explain everything and Andrea Pirlo will have to find solutions to remedy the few shortcomings interviewed this evening. No urgency, however, for Juve, who will have to react quickly on October 25 against Hellas Verona. By then, there will be a trip to Dynamo Kiev’s lawn. It will be Tuesday, as part of the Champions League.