Juve manages to overturn the initial disadvantage and pass Lazio 3-1. Udinese beat Sassuolo at home 2-0 and interrupted the positive streak of the Emilians. The match between Spezia and Benevento ends in a draw (1-1). These are the first three verdicts of the 26th matchday in Serie A.
Juve suffers first then passes, 3-1 to Lazio
Despite the absences in defense, Ronaldo started off the bench and an almost completely revolutionized formation, Juventus took a victory of strength and character against a beautiful Lazio in flashes. At the Stadium it ends 3-1 in comeback, with Correa opening the dance but not enough for the Capitoline, overturned by Rabiot and Morata’s brace. Pirlo and his team temporarily move to -1 from second-placed Milan, while Inzaghi’s team remains seventh behind Napoli.
Better the start of the Biancocelesti, who in the quarter of an hour exploit Kulusevski’s mistake to unblock the match. The Swede misses a pass by throwing Correa towards the goal, the Lazio striker is good at overcoming Demiral by beating Szczesny with a right at the near post. The hosts are not there and react immediately trying to increase the engine revs, also complaining for an alleged penalty not whistled at 24 ‘: Hoedt deflects with his arm in the area quite clearly, but for the referee and Var there are no the details for the penalty.
Pirlo’s team continues to push and after having almost equalized with Morata, they still find the 1-1 with Rabiot who kicks powerfully under the crossbar surprising Reina from a tight angle. The start of recovery is crackling, with Chiesa setting up on his own going close to a super goal, while on the other side Milinkovic is unlucky in hitting the crossbar with a header. At 57 ‘he hits Juventus again and does it with Morata, very good at completing a perfect counter-attack born from another beautiful play by Chiesa. Just a couple of minutes passed and the Spaniard scored twice on a penalty kick, won by Ramsey for a foul by Milinkovic. A blow for Inzaghi’s team, which proudly tries to stay in the game anyway, but all efforts will be in vain until the end.
Udinese-Sassuolo 2-0, Friulians far from the safety zone
Udinese beats Sassuolo at home 2-0 and interrupts the positive streak of the Emilians who have returned from three consecutive useful results, culminating in the last round with a draw against Napoli. The Friulians also had three positive results, but the last match, the draw with Milan, had a bitter taste because they had been reached in extremis on a penalty kick. Gotti, devoid of the injured Samir, Jajalo and Pussetto, prefers Stryger Larsen to Zeegelaar on the left and in attack launches Llorente from the first minute. De Zerbi has to do without Romagna, Chiriches, Bourabia and Boga. On the left Kyriakopoulos has the better of Rogerio, while Traorè wins the ballot with Djuricic. Forward jersey for Raspadori, with Caputo starting from the bench.
De Paul and his teammates beat Sassuolo 2-0 and kept their guard up until the end without suffering from De Zerbi’s 40-goal attack this season. Udinese rises to 32 points in the standings and perhaps leaves the battle for salvation behind them for good. Sassuolo remains at 36 points with a game to recover. Gotti relies on Pereyra behind Llorente, both of whom have scored. And the 1-0 goal is precisely the result of the Spaniard’s nose for a goal that was missed so much in the first part of the season. At 42 ‘Molina crosses from the right, Ayhan holds back Llorente who, in the fall, manages to deflect the ball just enough to scoff at Consigli. it is the goal that decides the first portion of the game.
In the second half, slower rhythms with Udinese holding the field well against a Sassuolo who changes form at half an hour: Defrel in place of Ayhan and the three-man defense gives way to the more tested 4-2-3-1. A change that does not affect, on the contrary, in the final the referee Maggioni first concedes a penalty to the Friulians for a hand from Locatelli and then circumscribes his decision for an offside detected by the Var. Double advantage only riviato: Udinese finds the goal with a restart that ends in the 93rd minute with Pereyra’s winning right from close range.
Spezia-Benevento 1-1, Green responds to Gaich
The match between Spezia and Benevento ends in a draw (1-1) valid for the 26th day of Serie A: the men of Italian and those of Pippo Inzaghi remain paired at 26 points in 14th place. Aggressive start of the hosts but the first opportunity is of Benevento, with the Argentine center forward Gaich on his debut from the beginning: his shot ends out.
The Ligurian replica is entrusted to the defensive outside Bastoni but it is up to Gaich, on 24 ‘, to sign the 0-1 on a cue from Viola. The reaction of the hosts produces no results as a storm hits the Peak and the game becomes fragmented. In the second half Spezia raises the pace and after the crossbar hit by Gyasi reaches equal in the 71st minute with Verde who resolves a beat and retries in the area triggered by a foray of Farias: the Var excludes hand touches. The nervousness increases and yellow cards fall: La Spezia’s second crossbar, with Erlic, but even the guests do not give up looking for the coup. The final assault of the Ligurians in injury time does not change the result.