Bologna v Juventus Live Commentary & Result, 23/05/2021, Serie A | OkeGoal

That’s all for today, goodbye! 

It was a nervy wait after the final whistle for Juventus as they had to wait for the other results to come through. Milan beat Atalanta 2-0 but Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona means that Juve will be playing in the Champions League next season after finishing fourth. As for Bologna, they finish the season in 12th place.

Juventus come out on top with a comfortable 4-1 win over Bologna. They were 3-0 up at half-time, with Chiesa scoring an early goal on the rebound from Rabiot hitting the crossbar. Morata then headed in from close range before Rabiot added a third just before the break. Palacio had an early goal ruled out in the second half before Morata got his second at the other end after a VAR check. Orsolini got a late consolation for the hosts just before Cuadrado hit the post.

90′ + 1′ FULL-TIME: BOLOGNA 1-4 JUVENTUS.

89′ That goal has given Bologna a lot of confidence and they’re looking for another. Svanberg fires a powerful shot on goal from just outside the box which hits Bonucci in the face and the referee stops the game so he can get treatment.

87′ OFF THE POST! Cuadrado has time to wait for Dybala to make a supporting run before threading the ball through to him. He lets it run across his body before trying to catch out Skorupski at his near post but fires it against the woodwork.

85′ Baldursson’s pass loops up into the air and Palacio reacts quickest to drill it back across the box first time.

85′ BOLOGNA SCORE! Palacio’s cross into the six-yard box takes a slight nick off Bernardeschi, but it still gets through to Orsolini at the near post. It’s a tight angle, but he slots his effort past Pinsoglio and into the far side of the net. 4-1!

84′ Juventus are happy to just keep the ball in their own half at the moment and are in no hurry to push upfield. Bologna are pressing them high, but can’t get close to them.

82′ Bologna go for a more direct route to goal with Svanberg playing a long ball over the top to Palacio. He can’t control it though and Bonucci is able to clear his lines.

80′ OFFSIDE! McKennie’s shot is palmed away by Skorupski and Kulusevski is quickly onto the loose ball. He tries to open up a better angle for himself and curls a brilliant effort around the keeper and into the far corner only for the offside flag to deny him.

A. Baldursson

J. Schouten

80′ Final change for Bologna now and it’s Schouten that makes way for Baldursson.

78′ Again, Cuadrado gets the better of Tomiyasu down the right for Juve and he picks out Dybala on the edge of the box this time. He can’t get any power on his shot though and it’s a comfortable save for Skorupski.

76′ It’s well worked by Juventus down the right again as Cuadrado links up with McKennie and the substitute pulls the ball back to Arthur on the edge of the box. He hits the shot first time but fires it straight against Antov.

74′ Dybala’s throughball is cut out by Svanberg, but his heavy touch gifts it back to Kulusevski. He switches play out to Cuadrado on the right, but he can’t find a way past Tomiyasu to get a cross into the box.

72′ Davide Faraoni has just equalised for Hellas Verona against Napoli, which means that Juventus move back into fourth place as things stand.

70′ Juventus look nervy after the change in goalkeeper and Pinsoglio plays a poor pass out from the back. Palacio latches onto it, but Bonucci just does enough to put him off when he goes to shoot.

P. Faragò

L. De Silvestri

68′ Bologna are making another change as well, with Farago coming on to replace De Silvestri.

C. Pinsoglio

W. Szczęsny

68′ There’s also a change in goalkeeper, with Szczesny going off for Pinsoglio.

68′ Juventus are making their last two changes now and it’s Danilo that’s making way first for Bernardeschi.

67′ Sansone makes a good run through the middle before being dragged down by Arthur and Bologna have another free-kick, but just like the one before, this one comes to nothing.

65′ It’s clumsy from McKennie as he clips the back of Orsolini’s heels to stop his run and he’s booked for the challenge.

64′ McKennie spreads play out to Cuadrado on the right and he drills a low throughball into the box for Morata to chase. He’s caught on his heels though and Skorupski rushes out to clear his lines.

62′ Bad news for Juventus as Napoli have taken the lead over Hellas Verona thanks to Amir Rrahmani’s goal. That means that Juventus drop back down to fifth in the table, behind Atalanta due to their head-to-head record.

60′ Palacio picks the ball up inside his own half and drives forward on the counter. He has options on either side of him but chooses to go it alone and ends up firing his effort well wide of the near post from the edge of the box.

58′ And Chiellini is taken off, with Arthur replacing him.

58′ There’s a double change for Juventus now as well, with Chiesa going off for McKennie.

57′ And Medel goes off, with Antov on in his place.

57′ Vignato is also taken off, with Sansone replacing him.

57′ Bologna are making a triple change here and it’s Olsen that’s making way first, with Orsolini on for him.

57′ GREAT CHANCE! Cuadrado intercepts the ball and sets off on the counter down the right. He curls a brilliant low cross into the far post for Morata, who hits it first time, but he fires into the side netting.

56′ Vignato chooses to go it alone as he cuts inside from the left, drifting past Rabiot and Cuadrado to open up space for a shot. He drills his effort down the middle from the edge of the box, but it’s straight at Szczesny.

54′ BLOCK! Dybala squares it to Morata at the far post and he hits the shot first time, looking for his hat-trick. Soumaoro throws himself in front of the shot to makes the block and there are half-hearted appeals for handball from Morata, but the claims are waved away.

52′ CLOSE! Chiesa steps away from Medel to drill a low shot towards the near post, but he drags it just wide of the near post. Juventus quickly win the ball back from the goal-kick which gives Dybala a chance, but his effort is always curling wide of the target.

51′ De Silvestri just sits back and allows Cuadrado to carry the ball down the right and he curls another good cross in from the right. He’s looking for Rabiot at the near post, but Soumaoro heads it clear.

49′ Juventus are keeping the pressure on here, but they’re not in as much of a hurry to push upfield as they were before. It’s patient play by the hosts and they’re keeping Bologna penned back in their own half.

47′ Assist Wojciech Szczęsny

47′ MORATA SCORES AGAIN! The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but after a VAR check, it stands! Bonucci went long and Morata did time his run perfectly to stay onside. He hits his shot low across goal and Skorupski gets a hand to it, but it loops off him and bounces over the line. 4-0 Juve! 

46′ OFFSIDE! Bologna go for a direct route to goal as Svanberg slots it through to Palacio. He peels off the back of Bonucci and manages to poke it past Szczesny from a tight angle at the near post, but the flag goes up to deny him.

46′ Bologna get us back underway for the second half! 

46′ There’s a change for Juventus at the break. De Ligt isn’t coming back out due to an injury picked up in the first half, so Bonucci replaces him.

Juventus are doing exactly what they need to if they want to stand a chance of getting a Champions League spot. They just need to keep control of it in the second half. They currently sit in fourth place in the table – Milan are beating Atalanta, but Napoli’s goalless draw with Verona is what’s keeping the visitors in the top four.

Juventus are cruising with a 3-0 lead over Bologna at the break. They got off to a great start after Chiesa volleyed in the rebound from Rabiot hitting the bar. Morata then doubled the lead after a great run from Dybala which left the Spaniard with a close-range header and Rabiot added a third just before half-time when he coolly slotted past Skorupski.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: BOLOGNA 0-3 JUVENTUS.

45′ Kulusevski just drops back to get the ball from Morata before laying it off to Rabiot.

45′ RABIOT SCORES! It’s a great bit of play from Juventus as they get in behind Bologna’s defence with a series of one-touch passes. Kulusevski touches it onto Rabiot and he coolly slots his shot past Skorupski and into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 Juve! 

44′ Milan have just taken the lead over Atalanta through Franck Kessie’s penalty. Juventus are now fourth, but a goal for Napoli could see them slip back out of the Champions League places.

43′ Medel is all over Dybala and has a handful of his shirt to pull him back which earns him a booking.

42′ Szczesny passes his goal-kick to Danilo on the edge of the box but he’s closed down by Palacio so he plays it back to the keeper. Szczesny isn’t where he thought though and Juve get lucky as it rolls just wide of the far post.

41′ De Silvestri squares it to Barrow on the edge of the box and he steps away from Chiellini to open up space for a shot. He’s trying to curl it in at the far post but sends it wide of the target.

39′ Bologna’s corner is taken short to Olsen again and he whips another good cross in from the right. Palacio heads it on but collides with De Ligt in the process, and the defender wins a free-kick.

37′ Morata catches Medel with another late challenge and he’s shown the first yellow card of the game.

36′ Bologna are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment, but they are closing Juventus down high up the field. Kulusevski takes a heavy touch and Svanberg is quickly in to win a free-kick. 

34′ De Ligt went down off the ball after the corner was cleared for Bologna and he’s holding his ankle. Bonucci is warming up on the sidelines while he receives treatment, but it looks like the Dutchman will be able to carry on.

33′ OFF THE BAR! Olsen cuts inside from the right and sees the space open up for a shot ahead of him. Chiellini throws himself in front of it to make a block, which wrongfoots Szczesny, but it bounces off the top of the bar.

31′ Elsewhere, it’s still goalless in both Milan’s and Napoli’s game, which means that Juventus are up to third in the table as it stands.

29′ MORATA SCORES! It’s great play from Dybala as he draws the Bologna defenders to him and opens up space for the cross and Morata pulls off the back of Medel to get on the end of it. He heads it over the line from close range to double the lead. 2-0 Juve! 

29′ Assist Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala

27′ Chiesa has scored more goals against Bologna than against any other side in Serie A (six goals in eight matches).

25′ Cuadrado wrongfoots De Silvestri on the right before swinging a good cross into the six-yard box. Kulusevski is making a late run to the far post, which is spotted by Skorupski, who dives out to push it away.

24′ Kulusevski gets the better of Medel again as he dances into the box before cutting back to try and pick out Morata’s run to the far post. He hits his cross against Soumaoro though, who clears his lines.

22′ Vignato stands over the free-kick for Bologna on the left, but it’s another poor cross into the box for the hosts as he can’t beat the first man and De Ligt heads it clear.

20′ Palacio gets the better of Cuadrado down the left again as he drifts away from the right-back to get into the final third. His cross lets him down again though and it’s a comfortable catch for Szczesny.

18′ Chiesa intercepts Barrow’s loose pass and he sets off on the counter. It’s four against three in Juve’s favour, but his throughball into Morata is poor and Medel hooks it clear.

16′ Juventus can’t get out of their own half at the moment as Bologna keep hold of possession. It’s all in front of the visitors though and they just can’t find a way into the final third.

14′ It’s patient play from Bologna as they work it out from the back and Palacio finds himself in a lot of space down the left. He curls his cross into the box, but none of his team-mates have made a forward run and Szczesny holds it.

12′ Tomiyasu lifts a great cross into the box and Svanberg is waiting under it. He has his back for goal, so tries to test Szczesny with an overhead kick, but he gets it all wrong and it flies high into the stands.

10′ Chiesa makes a driving run down the right for Juventus this time and he fizzes a dangerous low cross into the middle of the box. It’s behind Morata and there’s nobody following it in at the far post.

8′ Kulusevski is causing all sorts of problems for Soumaoro on the edge of the box. He dribbles past the defender but ends up crashing into Medel in his attempts to get into space and gives away a free-kick.

6′ CHIESA SCORES! It’s the best start Juve could ask for as they lead just six minutes in! Kulusevski pulls it back from the byline and Rabiot pokes his effort past Skorupski who rushes out, but it’s off the bar. Chiesa follows it in and volleys it into the back of the net. 1-0 Juve!

4′ It’s a great throughball from Svanberg to pick out De Silvestri, who is in a lot of space on the left. He puts in a low cross first time but Szczesny gets down quickly to push it away from Palacio before holding onto it.

2′ Nervy moment at the back for Bologna early on here after it looks like Medel sold Skorupski short as Morata chased down his back pass. The referee’s whistle goes though as the ball went out of play and the defender can breathe a sigh of relief.

1′ Dybala gets the game underway for Juventus! 

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Juventus have won each of their last nine Serie A games against Bologna – their best streak against any of the teams currently in the competition.

Andrea Pirlo also makes four changes to his side after their Coppa Italia win on Wednesday. Szczesny starts in goal, with Alex Sandro, Dybala and Morata also coming in. Ronaldo starts on the bench with McKennie and Buffon. Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended.

Sinisa Mihajlovic makes four changes to the team that drew with Hellas Verona last time out, bringing in Skorupski, Svanberg, Medel and Barrow. Ravaglia and Sansone drop to the bench.

JUVENTUS SUBS: Leonardo Bonucci, Weston McKennie, Gianluca Frabotta, Arthur, Carlo Pinsoglio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Felix Correia, Federico Bernardeschi, Gianluigi Buffon, Nicolo Fagioli, Merih Demiral.

JUVENTUS STARTING XI (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Georgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Juan Cuadrado, Dejan Kulusevski, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa; Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata.

BOLOGNA SUBS: Kacper Urbanski, Paolo Farago, Ibrahima Mbaye, Valentin Ivaylov Antov, Musa Juwara, Andrea Poli, Federico Ravaglia, Andri Fannar Baldursson, Nicola Sansone, Riccardo Orsolini, Angelo da Costa.

BOLOGNA STARTING XI (4-3-1-2): Lukasz Skorupski; Lorenzo De Silvestri, Adama Soumaoro, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mattias Svanberg; Jerdy Schouten, Gary Medel, Emanuel Vignato; Andreas Skov Olsen; Rodrigo Palacio, Musa Barrow.

Juventus start the day in fifth and need to win today if they want to secure a place in the Champions League next season, but even then, it might not be enough depending on the results of the teams around them. They won the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, which was their third consecutive victory in all competitions. As for Bologna, they’re winless in their last six (D4 L2) and haven’t won at home since mid-April when they beat Spezia 4-1.

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