Serie A: Juventus Title Hopes Rocked By Benevento Defeat


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Juventus’ hopes of profitable a tenth consecutive Serie A title took one other blow on Sunday with a 1-0 house loss to lowly Benevento. Argentine ahead Adolfo Gaich scored the sport’s solely purpose within the 69th minute following a nasty go throughout the penalty space from Juve midfielder Arthur. Andrea Pirlo’s aspect keep third, 10 factors behind Inter Milan whose match towards Sassuolo was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak on the league leaders. It was a fourth league defeat for Juve, who’ve 11 video games left to play this season, and one other blow after being dumped out of the Champions League on the final 16 stage by Porto earlier this month.

“It isn’t a query of strain, we needed to play a greater sport, we needed to win,” stated Pirlo. 

“We had a nasty sport in each approach. We rushed an excessive amount of, we made too many errors.

“We’ve to proceed to consider within the title. We should proceed to comply with our path to have the ability to attempt to keep there. 

“The target doesn’t change, it’s the head which should change.”

Cristiano Ronaldo had scored a hat-trick final trip towards Cagliari within the league, to convey his tally to a file 770 profession targets in official matches.

And the 36-year-old was offered with a ‘GOAT’ jersey by membership president Andrea Agnelli earlier than kick-off for breaking Brazil legend Pele’s official goalscoring file.

However the Serie A high scorer, who has scored 23 occasions within the league this season drew a clean on the Allianz Stadium with Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo pulling off a string of wonderful saves.

Ronaldo fired huge minutes into the sport and had the ball within the web simply earlier than the break solely to be dominated offside, whereas Montipo denied Alvaro Morata an opener after half an hour.

Benevento broke the impasse following Arthur’s horrendous go throughout the face of purpose in direction of Danilo, which allowed Gaich to pounce for his second purpose in 5 video games since arriving on mortgage from CSKA Moscow.

Federico Chiesa had penalty appeals for a Daam Foulon problem overruled amid protests from all the Juventus group.

Montipo then denied Ronaldo twice late on, first from shut vary with 10 minutes to go and once more within the ultimate minute, with Danilo then sending the rebound over the bar.

After holding Juventus 1-1 of their final assembly, Sixteenth-placed Benevento earned a treasured three factors of their battle towards relegation and now sit seven factors away from the drop zone.

– Atalanta, Lazio bounce again –

Juventus are equal on factors with Atalanta, who bounced again after their Champions League exit to Actual Madrid with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona to consolidate fourth place.

Ruslan Malinovskyi scored the primary from the penalty spot after a Federico Dimarco handball within the thirty third minute in Verona.

Duvan Zapata added a second earlier than the break, after an earlier effort hit the submit, the Colombian sweeping the ball previous Marco Silvestri into an empty web.

Verona coach Ivan Juric was serving a touchline ban and Gian Piero Gasperini shocked with a four-man defence as a substitute of his most well-liked three.

Zapata spearheaded the Atalanta assault with Luis Muriel and Josip Ilicic each beginning on the bench earlier than approaching for the ultimate quarter of an hour.

“There are a lot of groups preventing for the Champions League. We are the underdogs however we’ll battle to the tip,” stated Gasperini. 

“We hope there will not be any issues as occurs in the course of the worldwide break and gamers return match.”

Atalanta are 5 factors forward of each Napoli and Roma who face one another afterward Sunday, whereas Verona fell to a 3rd successive defeat to remain ninth.


Lazio additionally recovered from the Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich with a 1-0 win at Udinese due to an Adam Marusic purpose seven minutes earlier than the break.

The Romans are six factors off fourth place.

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