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Juventus are next in action on Wednesday in their Coppa Italia quarter-final clash against SPAL at home. Bologna host AC Milan next Saturday in their next Serie A contest.
Juventus bounce back from their defeat to Inter with a 2-0 triumph over Bologna this afternoon in their Serie A clash. It was not a classic performance from Andrea Pirlo’s men, but a solid outing to earn the three points. Arthur’s deflected strike put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute, while Lukas Skorupski made a string of fine saves to keep the visitors in the game. However, Weston McKennie secured the win for the Bianconeri with a fine header 19 minutes from time.
90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: JUVENTUS 2-0 BOLOGNA
90′ + 2′ Demiral replaces McKennie for the dying minutes of the contest.
90′ + 2′ Juve continue to work hard in the closing stages, throwing their bodies in the way of drives from Barrow and Soriano to keep their clean sheet intact.
90′ There will be three minutes of added time.
90′ SAVE! Skorupski continues to shine between the posts. Ronaldo is frustrated as he sees his left-footed blast from 12 yards repelled by the Bologna keeper after being teed up by Cuadrado.
88′ It has not been a classic performance from the Bianconeri, but it appears to be good enough to earn the three points today.
86′ CHANCE! Rabiot bundles his way through a challenge from Soumaoro and continues on a run into the box. He smashes a left-footed strike with power towards the net that Skorupski does well to palm wide of the target.
84′ Soriano angles a cross-field pass towards Sansone in the left inside channel. The winger shoots first time, but scuffs his effort into the ground and Szczesny watches it safely past the left post.
82′ SAVE! Ronaldo surges through the Bologna defence and lines up a left-footed strike from the edge of the box. He shoots low towards the target, but Skorupski makes the save. Ronaldo is caught late after shooting by Soumaoro, but the referee waves play on.
80′ OVER! Danilo Luiz finds Bentancur in space 25 yards from goal and the midfielder lines up a strike to nothing. The Uruguayan’s radar is off as he blasts his effort well over the bar.
78′ De Ligt is on for Bonucci in the Juve backline for the closing stages.
78′ Ramsey comes on to replace Kulusevski in the Juve midfield.
78′ Rabiot replaces Arthur in the middle of the park for the home side.
76′ Ronaldo tries a one-two with Morata in the box rather than going for a strike or even a cross. However, the visitors are alert and clear the danger.
76′ Skov Olsen enter the action to replace Orsolini.
75′ Palacio replaces Dijks for the visitors to provide extra firepower in the final third.
75′ Orsolini brings down Cuadrado on the left flank, handing Juve a free-kick in a dangerous position that Ronaldo will take.
74′ SAVE! McKennie should put the game beyond doubt, but he fails to convert from close range. Ronaldo turns in the left inside channel and delivers a dangerous cross into the middle. McKennie meets his delivery first time, only to strike his effort straight at Skorupski.
71′ Cuadrado delivers a peach of a cross for McKennie to divert past Skorupski.
71′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MCKENNIE DOUBLES JUVE’S LEAD!!!!! 2-0!!!! The home side extend their advatange as the American rises to plant a header past Skorupski into the left corner of the net. Cuadrado curls a fine cross in from the right corner and McKennie is unchallenged in the air. He makes no mistake directing his attempt into the back of the net.
70′ SAVE! Morata is played into space down the right flank by Cuadrado and tries to force a strike towards the near post, but Skorupski diverts it behind.
69′ Bernardeschi makes way for Morata, which will see Kulusevski shift out wide to the left flank.
66′ Bologna are giving themselves hope of forcing a positive result. They’ve been the better side in the second half, but the quality of Juve in the final third could be the difference.
64′ Dominguez replaces Svanberg in the Bologna midfield.
64′ Cuadrado lines up a strike from distance in the aftermath of Ronaldo’s blocked effort, but the Colombian smashes his attempt well over the bar.
63′ BLOCK! Ronaldo goes for the piledriver with his strike from 25 yards, but he can only blast his attempt straight into the wall.
62′ Dijks brings down Cuadrado on the charge and hands Juve a free-kick in threatening position. The full-back goes into the book for his challenge.
60′ SAVE! Bologna are not happy as Tomiyasu gets barged off the ball and is not awarded a free-kick. Juve hit the visitors on the counter and Cuadrado blasts a strike from 20 yards that Skorupski has to turn behind.
60′ Bologna are causing problems in the final third, but they have to be more composed in front of goal to notch the equaliser their play deserves.
59′ OVER! Soriano clips a delightful pass into the feet of Sansone in the left inside channel. He takes a touch before firing at goal, but he slices his attempt wide of the left post.
56′ SAVE! Orsolini cuts in from the right flank and angles a strike towards the bottom-left corner. Szczesny gets down well and palms it away from danger. Further encouragement for the visitors.
55′ Bologna have been much improved since the restart and are asking questions of the Juve defence.
53′ Sansone goes for goal from the resutling free-kick, but he can only hammer his strike straight into the wall. A disappointing effort from 25 yards.
52′ Arthur is beaten by Schouten, who advances into a shooting position. The Brazilian acts to drag down the midfielder and is duly booked by the referee.
50′ Skorupski has a worrying moment as he allows Bernardeschi’s trickling strike to escape his grasp, but it falls safely and allows the Bologna stopper to gather at the second attempt.
49′ SAVE! Bologna keep the pressure on from the resulting corner. The home side clear the initial cross, but Barrow gathers and hammers a low strike at goal from the edge of the box that Szczesny gets down to smother.
48′ WHAT A SAVE! Szczesny stops Cuadrado scoring a spectacular own goal. Schouten raids down the right flank and delivers a dangerous cross into the box. Cuadrado gets his clearance all wrong and heads back towards his own goal with power. The Pole reacts brilliantly to turn it over the bar.
47′ Barrow gets the better of Chiellini and the defender pulls back the Bologna forward. He takes one for the team and is booked.
46′ We’re back underway at Allianz Stadium.
L. De Silvestri
46′ Soumaoro is on for the visitors at the back to replace De Silvestri.
46′ Sansone replaces Vignato at the break for the visitors.
Bologna have had a couple of decent opportunities as Roberto Soriano put his right-footed strike wide of the target, while Riccardo Orsolini also failed to test Wojciech Szczesny with a similar attempt. They will need to improve in the second period to get something out of the contest.
Juventus hold a 1-0 lead over Bologna in their Serie A clash at Allianz Stadium. Arthur’s deflected strike put the hosts in front in the 15th minute as Lukasz Skorpuski was powerless between the posts. However, Skorupski did keep the visitors in the game with a brilliant double save to deny Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernadeschi. As a result, the match remains in the balance at the break.
45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: JUVENTUS 1-0 BOLOGNA
45′ There will be two minutes of added time.
43′ McKennie rises highest from the resulting corner to head Bernardeschi’s cross towards goal, but it loops over the bar and Skorupski appeared to have it covered anyway.
42′ SAVE! Bernardeschi turns the ball into the feet of Cuadrado down the right flank. He drills a low delivery across the face of goal that Skorupski just turns away from McKennie on the slide at the back post.
41′ VAR! The VAR official takes a look as Orsolini is clipped by Danilo Luiz as he tees up Soriano, but the decision to not award a penalty is not overturned.
40′ WIDE! Barrow curls a delightful cross-field pass towards Orsolini on the right flank. He cuts back to tee up Soriano on the edge of the box, but the midfielder places his strike just wide of the right post.
39′ Orsolini digs out a cross in tight quarters from the right flank aiming for Barrow. The ball deflects off Chiellini and into the hands of Szczesny.
37′ Juve have had the opportunities to take control of the contest, but they’ve not had a clinical edge in the first half. Bologna have been on the back foot, although they’re still only trail by a single goal.
35′ BLOCK! Bentancur releases Ronaldo into the final third and he pulls the trigger on a left-footed strike. Danilo Larangeira is there with the Portuguese and slides to block his effort.
32′ OVER! Cuadrado wastes a huge opening. The Colombian surges into the box with a brilliant run and manages to fend off Danilo Larangeira. However, under pressure from the Brazilian, he scoops his strike from 10 yards over the bar.
30′ Kulusevski works his way into the right inside channel, but his pass towards Ronaldo is cut out by Schouten covering back for the visitors.
28′ DOUBLE SAVE! Skorupski keeps Bologna in the game with a brilliant double save. Ronaldo twists and turns on the edge of the Bologna box before rifling an effort at goal. Skorupski gets down to palm it away from goal, but Bernardeschi is first to pounce on the rebound. The Bologna keeper is up straight away and denies the winger from close range with his feet.
27′ McKennie tries to release Kulusevski behind the Bologna backline. Di Silvestri tries to guide it back towards Skorupski, but is forced to clear himself amid the pressure of the Juve forward.
25′ Juve are trying to establish a possession game, but the visitors are not making life easy on the hosts with a high press.
23′ It has been a scrappy game thus far, highlighted by Arthur’s deflected strike. Neither team has looked composed in possession.
21′ Kulusevski lunges in late on Svanberg and goes into the book.
19′ Orsolini finds room down the right inside channel and he tries to force a low effort towards the near post. Szczesny gets enough on the strike to divert it wide of the post and into the side-netting.
17′ Bernardeschi is played into acres of space down the left flank. He lines up an early strike, trying to lift the ball over Skorupski, but he sends his effort straight over the bar.
15′ Ronaldo works the ball to Arthur in space and the midfielder finds the back of the net with his deflected strike.
15′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ARTHUR PUTS JUVE AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!! The home side take the lead as the Brazilian sees his strike deflect off Schouten and find the bottom corner. Arthur is afforded space and time to launch a strike at goal. It’s not an overly powerful effort, but it hits the Bologna midfielder and completely wrong foots Skroupski, travelling away from the keeper into the bottom-right corner. A slice of luck for the hosts.
15′ Barrow is played into space down the left flank and he charges into the box. Soriano takes over in the inside channel and cuts a low ball into the middle that just evades Vignato as Szczesny gathers.
14′ Vignato catches Bentancur with a late boot on the ankle and goes into the book.
11′ Ronaldo tries to get the better ofg Danilo Larangeira down the left flank and he draws a foul to win a free-kick.
10′ McKennie continues to press into advanced positions. He rises to head Kulusevski’s cross at goal. It’s a difficult one as the ball skims the head of Schouten before it reaches the American, and he can only glance his effort wide.
8′ SHOT! Vignato sends a cross-field pass into the path of Orsolini. He nods the ball down, but gets fortunate as it deflects off Chiellini back to his feet. Orsolini launches a powerful strike towards goal that travels wide of the right post.
7′ WIDE! Ronaldo twists and turns down the left flank. He finds space to dig out a cross on his left foot, but McKennie on the stretch can only place his effort wide of the target.
5′ McKennie releases Cuadrado into space down the right flank and he goes down in the box under pressure from Vignato. The referee tells the Colombian to get to his feet.
3′ Bernardeschi tries to float the free-kick into the box, but Bologna clear their lines from the delivery.
2′ Danilo Larangeira slides in hard on Danilo Luiz and gives away a free-kick to the home side.
1′ Bentancur is hobbling in the early stages after taking a knock to his ankle following a challenge by Soriano. The midfielder requires treatment off the pitch.
1′ We’re underway at Allianz Stadium.
During the streak of nine consecutive league title-winning seasons, Juventus were unbeaten against Bologna in Serie A (16 meetings: 13W D3) – in this period, Bologna were the side that scored the fewest goals against the Bianconeri (seven goals), among the teams they faced more than 10 times.
Bologna have also made a single change to their line-up that overcame Hellas Verona in their 1-0 triumph. Svanberg gets the nod to start in front of the back four in place of Dominguez, who drops to the bench. Barrow continues to lead the line for Mihajlovic’s men.
Juventus have made one change to their side that beat Napoli last time out. Chiesa drops out of the starting line-up to the bench and is replaced on the left flank by Bernadeschi. Pirlo keeps the experienced tandem of Chiellini and Bonucci in the middle of the backline ahead of De Ligt.
BOLOGNA SUBS: Angelo Da Costa, Aaron Hickey, Adama Soumaoro, Nehuen Paz, Nicolas Dominguez, Nicola Sansone, Andreas Skov Olsen, Andrea Poli, Andri Fannar Baldursson, Sebastian Breza, Rodrigo Palacio.
BOLOGNA (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Skorupski; Lorenzo Di Silvestri, Danilo Larangeira, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mitchell Dijks, Mattias Svanberg, Jerdy Schouten; Riccardo Orsolini, Roberto Soriano, Emanuel Vignato; Musa Barrow.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Aaron Ramsey, Matthijs de Ligt, Alvaro Morata, Federico Chiesa, Adrien Rabiot, Merih Demiral, Carlo Pinsoglio, Alessandro Di Pardo, Radu Dragusin, Gianluca Frabotta, Nicolo Fagioli, Gianluigi Buffon.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo Luiz; Weston McKennie, Arthur, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Bernardeschi; Cristiano Ronaldo, Dejan Kulusevski.
Bologna ended an eight-match winless run in their last outing by beating Hellas Verona on home soil. The club had drifted towards the foot of the table after a solid start to the campaign. A strike from the penalty spot from Riccardo Orsolini secured the three points for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men. However, they need to be even better this afternoon against the reigning champions.
Juventus claimed the Supercoppa Italiana during the week with a 2-0 victory over Napoli courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata, allowing Andrea Pirlo to secure his first trophy as a manager. However, the Italian has to right the ship in Serie A as the Bianconeri are well off the pace in the title race after a 2-0 defeat to Inter last time out. Juve need to get back to winning ways today.
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