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Cuadrado saves the day for struggling Juventus

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Juventus struggled to break down a ten men Fiorentina, but a late goal by Juan Cuardado keeps all 3 points in Turin. Max Statman gives you a quick breakdown and match ratings.

Juventus’s real first big chance came when Morata won a battle against Odriozola. The Spanish striker dribbled past goalkeeper Terracciano, but was unable to fire on goal. He gave it to Dybala, who missed.

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Fiorentina grew stronger towards the end of the first half. Odriozola passed two Juve players with a bit of luck and gave it to Saponara, who’s volley went over. Callejón put a cross near the back post, but Perin was alert and tipped it away. Vlahovic headed the following cross just wide. De Ligt and Rugani did an excellent job in marking Vlahovic today, because the Serbian striker could barely create any danger. There was some drama before halftime, because the VAR was looking at a potential handball from Danilo. Fiorentina weren’t rewarded a penalty, so Juve headed towards the dressing room with a 0-0 score.

Helping hand

The second half started with an opportunity for Morata. He passed Milenkovic with some luck and his volley just went past the post. Juve came close once again with a shot from Rabiot that got blocked. Fiorentina gave Juve a helping hand when Milenkovic got his second yellow for a foul on Chiesa. Juventus went on the hunt for the three points. Chiesa hit the bar with a thunderbolt after a combination with Locatelli. Cuardado dribbled past Duncan and crossed it towards Morata, who scored, but he was offside. Chiesa forced a good save out of Terracciano, but it was Cuadrado who would break the deadlock. ‘Panita’ dribbled past Biraghi and beat Terracciano at the near post. Chiesa almost doubled the score, but Terracciano was able to save his attempt.  

Player ratings

Perin 6.5;

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Danilo 6, De Ligt 7, Rugani 6.5, Alex Sandro 5 (Pellegrini 5.5);

Rabiot 5 (Cuardrado 7), Locatelli 6.5, McKennie 7.5, Chiesa 7;

Morata 5 (Kaio Jorge -), Dybala 6 (Bentancur -)

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Jurre van Wanrooij is a writer and lead match analyst for Max Statman. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he still lives. He is studying journalism and that’s why he joined Max Statman, so that he could develop his writing. Apart from Juventus, he also support PSV Eindhoven, the club closest to his home. The goal is to give you guys the best information about Juventus in English and be as reliable as possible.