After the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Juventus needed a rejuvenated performance. Therefore, the start of the game saw Max Allegri’s men keeping a high intensity.
The heads went down as soon as they conceded the first goal of the night, with Antonio Candreva directing Pasquale Mazzocchi’s cross into the net. VAR checked the sequence of the play for an alleged handball, but the goal stood at the end of the probe.
VAR showcased its authority once again as Bremer was penalised for a handball inside his own box. The following spot kick was dispatched clinically by Krzysztof Piątek. As a result, the side from Salerno ended the first half with a two-goal advantage.
In the 51st minute of the game, Filip Kostic put in a delicious ball for someone to head it home. Bremer, the culprit for the concession of Juve’s second goal, responded to the call and grabbed one back for the hosts with a thumping header.
A match, now brimming with excitement, was on the brink of a mega climax. A mistake in Salernitana’s defence awarded a penalty to Juventus, thanks to the presence and anticipation of Alex Sandro, a second-half substitute for the Bianconeri. Leonardo Bonucci fired it home to give Juve the deserving equaliser.
Another second-half substitute, Arek Milik conceded his second yellow of the match for taking off his shirt after scoring a goal that was chalked off by VAR for a suspected offside. Following the decision, a scuffle broke out between the players of both sets, and it ended with Federico Fazio, Juan Cuadrado, and Allegri all getting dismissed. Here are the player ratings as the Old Lady shared spoils with Salernitana.
Juventus: Perin (6.5); Cuadrado (5.5), Bonucci (6.5), Bremer (6.5), De Sciglio (6); Miretti (6), Paredes (6), McKennie (5.5), Kostić (6.5); Kean (4), Vlahović (5).
Substitutes: Milik (6), Alex Sandro (6.5), Nicolò Fagioli (6), Danilo (6), Matìas Soulé (N/A).
Salernitana: Sepe (6.5); Bronn (6.5), Daniliuc (6), Fazio (5), Mazzocchi (7); Coulibaly (6), Maggiore (6.5), Vilhena (6), Candreva (7.5); Piątek (7.5), Boulaye Dia (6.5).
Substitutes: Botheim (5.5), Bonazzoli (N/A), Kastanos (N/A), Gyomber (N/A), Sambia (N/A).
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder