The strange cytomegalovirus has weakened him in recent weeks but has not affected his sense of goal and Álvaro Morata, in the first ball that he touched after Andrea Pirlo had entered, opened the essential triumph of Juventus against Spezia that was finished off by Federico Chiesa and Cristiano Ronaldo (3-0).
Three vital points for the Turinese, 7 behind leaders Inter and 4 behind Milan, consolidate in third place in Serie A and maintain their hopes of achieving their tenth consecutive ‘scudetto’.
De Ligt suffers from warming up
The injury crisis at Juventus worsened during the warm-up when Matthijs de Ligt, who ended Saturday’s game against Verona with a blow, felt pain and as a precaution stayed on the bench. A loss that was added to those of Bonucci, Chiellini and Cuadrado and led Andrea Pirlo to improvise an emergency defense with Danilo on the right, Demiral and Alex Sandro as centrals and the young Frabotta on the left.
CR7 shoots to the post before the break
Also even without Arthur or Dybala, Juventus had a hard time making plays as in previous games in the face of the desperation of a Cristiano Ronaldo who barely got balls until just before the break he finally received and out of nowhere a shot was taken that repelled the post (42 ‘).
It was the best chance for a Juve that pushed more out of pride than out of play in the final stretch of the first half, thanks in large part to the connection between Enrico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski on the right wing. Spezia cried out for rest as they were already besieged.
Double decisive change
In the second half, Juve continued without finding their way to the goal and Pirlo decided to introduce a double change at the time of the game that paid off immediately. In his first intervention, Federico Bernardeschi, who had just entered through Frabotta, ran for a ball on the left wing and put it at the near post so that Morata, reliever of the ‘hit’ Weston McKennie, would send him to the first net (62 ‘).
Madrid’s fifth league goal rose to the scoreboard after the referee, after canceling it in the first instance, verified through the VAR that Bernardeschi did not start offside.
Bernardeschi also assists in the 2-0
Bernardeschi was also key in the 2-0 when he put an inside ball to Federico Chiesa, who scored in a double shot. The first was covered by Ivan Provedel and, in the rebound, the Italian winger took him to the volley net despite being down on the grass (71 ‘).
The game was sentenced and the only interest was to see if Cristiano Ronaldo scored his goal. In the end, the Portuguese ended the despair that he shows when he resists him in a match. Rodrigo Bentancur stole and led with his assistance a clear arrival to the counter that culminated the ‘capocannoniere’ of Serie A with his 20th goal.
Szczesny for a penalty in discount
Already in discount Merih Demiral knocked down Emmanuel Gyasi in the area, but Wojciech Szczesny saved Andrey Galabinov’s penalty. The promoted Spezia, 16th in the table, could not save the honor after being the champion for an hour of the match.
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Demiral, Alex Sandro, Frabotta (Morata, 61 ‘); Chiesa (Ramsey, 72 ‘), Bentancur, Rabiot, McKennie
(Bernardeschi, 61 ‘); Kulusevski (Di Pardo, 88 ‘) and
Spezia: Provedel; Vignali, Terzi, Erlic, Marchizza (Agoume, 86 ‘); Estévez, Léo Sena (Bastoni, 86 ‘), Maggiore (Acampora, 73’); Gyasi, Nzola (Galabinov, 73 ‘) and Diego Farias (Green, 73’)
Goals: 1-0 Morata (62 ‘), 2-0 Chiesa (71’), 3-0 Cristiano Ronaldo (89 ‘)
Referee: Jean Luca Sacchi. Cards: YELLOWS: Frabotta (10 ‘), Demiral (95’)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at Juventus Stadium