Kulusevski rescues level for Juventus in opposition to Verona


Dejan Kulusevski got here off the bench to rescue some extent as champions Juventus, taking part in with out Cristiano Ronaldo, have been held to a 3rd Serie A stalemate at dwelling in opposition to Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Portuguese ahead Ronaldo stays absent after testing constructive for coronavirus with Juventus making ready for subsequent week’s Champions League tie in opposition to Barcelona in Turin.

“We had a too wait-and-see first half, we weren’t very aggressive with the midfielders however we had probably the most harmful alternatives,” mentioned Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo. 

Substitute Andrea Favilli put Verona forward after an hour in Turin however Swedish ahead Kulusevski rescued Pirlo with 13 minutes to go.

“Within the second half after the aim there was an excellent response, however we should not want a slap within the face to wake us up.

“Whenever you play in opposition to Verona it is arduous for everybody, however we might have performed higher.”

So as to add to Pirlo’s issues earlier than internet hosting Barcelona, defender Leonardo Bonucci went off with a thigh downside. Veteran Giorgio Chiellini is already out.

“He had already felt one thing on Tuesday (in opposition to Dynamo Kiev), he felt one thing once more right this moment,” mentioned Pirlo. 

“We’ll consider it tomorrow, calmly.”

Juventus are fifth in Serie A, three factors behind leaders AC Milan, who host Roma on Monday.

The nine-time reigning champions have stalled below new coach Pirlo after successful their opener in opposition to Sampdoria, their solely victory on the pitch in Serie A this season.

They drew in opposition to promoted Crotone 1-1 and 2-2 at Roma. Between these matched they have been awarded a 3-0 victory after Napoli refused to journey to Turin on October 4 due to coronavirus instances.

On Sunday, Ebrima Colley had a aim dominated offside after quarter of an hour for Verona with the hosts additionally denied an Alvaro Morata aim for a marginal offside.

Favilli got here on after 55 minutes and 5 minutes later had the guests forward ending off a Mattia Zaccagni cross.

Morata missed one other likelihood on 72 minutes. Paulo Dybala, making his return after three months, hit the crossbar 5 minutes later. Then Kulusevski beat Silvestri from an angle.

The Verona goalkeeper pulled off two late saves to cease Dybala and Morata.

– Napoli go second –

Napoli moved as much as second place, one level behind AC Milan, after a 2-1 win over promoted Benevento, a match during which brothers Lorenzo and Roberto Insigne scored for rival golf equipment.

“I am very comfortable, however sorry my first aim in Serie A was in opposition to my brother,” mentioned midfielder Roberto, 26, who opened the scoring after half an hour in opposition to his hometown membership who he left two seasons in the past for Benevento.

Lorenzo Insigne, 29, marked his return from harm with a surprising equaliser for his 68th top-flight aim for Napoli, with Matteo Politano establishing Andrea Petagna for the winner seven minutes later.

Gennaro Gattuso’s aspect acquired again to successful methods after their shock 1-0 Europa League dwelling defeat by AZ Alkmaar.

“After the sport? I instructed him (Roberto) my left is healthier than his,” joked Lorenzo. 

“No, I am kidding, we additionally hugged as a result of right this moment was an thrilling day for our household. I am pleased with the aim and congratulate my brother too.

“The left foot isn’t my favorite however I struck it very properly and I have to say it was a phenomenal aim.”

Napoli have gained all 4 Serie A video games they’ve performed this season

Mid-table Fiorentina acquired again successful 3-2 in opposition to Udinese because of a Gaetano Castrovilli brace both aspect of a Nikola Milenkovic header.

A pair of Stefano Okaka headers had revived 18th-placed Udinese hopes.

In Sardinia, Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, scored his fourth aim in 5 video games as Cagliari beat 10-man Crotone 4-2.

5 of the targets got here in an exhilarating first half. Cagliari are eleventh with Crotone backside of the desk.

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