Thursday, June 13

Juve crash at home

Champions Juventus endured their first Serie A loss of the season. After seeing Juan Cuadrado sent off after 18 minutes, they crashed 3-0 at home to modest Fiorentina.

Fiorentina had failed to win any of their previous six league matches. But won it by a fair margin. They were also aided by some disastrous defending by the hosts. With Leonardo Bonucci enduring an off-day in particular.
In the third minute before Alex Sandro put through his own goal. Dusan Vlahovic shocked the Turin side by giving the visitors the lead.

Vlahovic wasted another chance after Bonucci lost the ball. Juve’s problems mounted when Cuadrado caught Gaetano Castrovilli’s shin with a dangerous studs-up tackle. The referee showed a yellow card but changed it to red after viewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

After another Bonucci error, Szczesny tipped away a Castrovilli shot. But Juve also threatened with Ronaldo firing into the side-netting and with a long-range effort . Until Juve fell apart in the closing stages, Ronaldo had a header disallowed for offside after the break. Bonucci made a complete mess of an effort to clear the cross of Cristiano Biraghi.

And in the 76th minute the ball reached Alex Sandro and sailed into the net. Five minutes later, Bonucci had his pocket picked by Ribery. And the French veteran found Biraghi whose cross was tapped in by Caceres to complete a thoroughly miserable night for Juve.

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