Juventus has booked a difficult victory in the Serie A on Saturday. Without Matthijs de Ligt, 'The Old Lady' fought in front of his own audience 2-1 past Hellas Verona.
De Ligt, who had no base place for the first time since Giorgio Chiellini's serious injury, was given a break and was replaced by Merih Demiral in the defense. Wojciech Szczesny, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuaín also started on the couch.
The B-team of Juventus had a hard time against Hellas Verona and were awarded a penalty in the twentieth minute after a foul by Demiral. Samuel Di Carmine first shot on the post, after which Darko Lazovic hit the crossbar from the rebound.
Shortly thereafter, Miguel Veloso found the net for the visitors. The Portuguese got a falling ball in front of his feet and shot the ball of about 25 meters in the top left corner. Ten minutes later Juventus came alongside through a distance shot by Aaron Ramsey.
Hellas Verona surprisingly took the lead in Turin after twenty minutes. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ronaldo gives Juventus a win via penalty kick
The home team, with De Ligt remaining on the bench, was awarded a penalty just after the break after a foul on Juan Cuadrado, which was utilized by Cristiano Ronaldo. Hellas Verona was close to the equalizer a number of times, but Juventus finally held up. Hellas defender Marash Kumbulla received his second yellow card in injury time.
Because of the victory, Juventus is leading for a few hours in the Serie A. The team of coach Maurizio Sarri is one point ahead of number two Internazionale. The 'Nerazzurri' will play the derby against AC Milan on Saturday at 8.45 p.m.
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Atlético Madrid got no further than a draw against Celta de Vigo at home. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Atlético Madrid again loses points
At La Liga, Atlético Madrid dropped points for the second time in a row. After the defeat at Real Sociedad (2-0), coach Diego Simeone's team played a 0-0 draw at home against Celta de Vigo.
Due to the draw, number two Atlético and leader Seville are ten points. The team of Luuk de Jong will play the top match against Real Madrid on Sunday for their own audience.
Later on Saturday, FC Barcelona can also tie in with Sevilla and Atlético. The reigning national champion will visit Granada at 9 p.m.
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