24 Jul Udinese vs. Juventus – Football Match Report – July 23, 2020
Juventus should wait to verify a ninth-straight Serie A title after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat towards Udinese on Thursday.
Seko Fofana scored the winner for the hosts in second-half damage time to steal all three factors from Juventus.
The eight-time holders dominated the primary half and eventually discovered their opener simply after the 40-minute mark when Matthijs de Ligt settled an Udinese clearance and smashed a shot from outdoors the penalty space previous Juan Musso to take the lead into the break.
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Udinese surprisingly hit again early within the second half via Ilija Nestorovski, who scored with a stellar diving header on 52 minutes to get the match again on degree phrases.
The aim appeared to enliven the hosts and a tense back-and-forth match performed out over the remainder of the second half earlier than a wonderful particular person effort from Fofana gave Udinese an necessary and stunning win.
Gab Marcotti reacts to Juve’s 2-1 loss to Udinese and feels the facet is unable to deal with stress conditions.
Juventus have now given up a number of objectives in 4 of their final 5 matches, the one time within the final 10 seasons this has occurred.
“We misplaced a little bit of order,” Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri after the match. “We misplaced within the 93rd minute as a result of we had been making an attempt to win at any price.”
Juve are actually on 80 factors from 35 video games and might seal the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday or if chasing Inter Milan and Atalanta fail to win on Saturday. Udinese, on 39 factors, are virtually sure to keep away from relegation from Serie A.
And whereas the Bianconeri are nonetheless on course for the title, it is primarily as a result of two of the opposite contenders, Inter Milan and Lazio, have additionally suffered a lack of kind.
Inter have gained two of their final six video games and Lazio had taken just one level from their final 15 earlier than Thursday.
“This season is tough, all of the teams are enjoying in circumstances totally different to the standard ones and everyone seems to be drained,” stated Sarri.
“It is difficult to remain mentally and bodily on the ball for 90 minutes. The video games are unusual and the momentum adjustments very simply. The psychological fatigue is greater than the bodily fatigue.”
Juventus are additionally nonetheless alive within the Champions League and have work to do to achieve the quarterfinals as they path Lyon 1-0 on combination forward of the Aug. 7 second leg in Turin.