Juve, with ten, takes the lead. But they didn’t hold on to their advantage, conceded a goal and struggled until the end. With 1-1, you run the risk of losing the lead
With ten on the field since the 16th minute of the first half, leader Juventus, at home, only drew with the penultimate placed Empoli, 1-1. This Saturday’s game (27/1) was for the 22nd round of the Italian Championship. Juve were only better before Milik’s expulsion and in some moments of the second half. He took the lead with Vlahovic and saw the visitors draw with Baldanzi. Thus, he frustrated his fans at the Juventus Stadium, in Turin. After all, they faced the team with the worst attack in Italy and had just 38% possession, in addition to just over half of their rival’s shots (9 to 15).
Juventus is on 53 points, in the lead, with two points ahead of Inter Milan. However, it should be noted that the interistas have two games in hand and are still playing in the round, against Fiorentina, away from home, in this Sunday. Empoli, with 17 points, is 19th in the relegation zone (Z3). But just one behind the first off the stick.
Juventus, with ten scares little
Juventus started dominant, pushing Empoli into defense and building the first good opportunities. However, in the 16th minute, Milik recklessly hit Cerri in a tackle and was sent off. With ten, Juve started to play behind and then it was Empoli who started to control the field, not reaching the goal because of two great saves by Szczesny.
In the second half, even with ten, Juventus started effectively. He used the strategy of leaving the ball with his rival. However, even with much less possession (38%) and shots (13 to 17), he opened the scoring after six minutes. The corner from the right resulted in confusion in the area. The remainder went to goalscorer Vlahovic.
If Juve were closed at 0-0, imagine them in front of the scoreboard and with one less. Thus, the team closed down once and for all. But he equalized at 25, with a shot from outside the area by Baldanzi. And he had to withstand the pressure from the visiting team until the end. For Empoli, lots of partying. After all, coach Davide Nicola took over two rounds ago. They debuted with a victory (3-0) and now draw with Juve. Nicola, the King of salvation in Italy, seems like he will prevent the fall of yet another team, repeating what he did with Crotone and Salernitana.
Matches of the 22nd round of the Italian Championship
Cagliari 1×2 Turin
Atalanta 2×0 Udinese
Juventus x Empoli
Milan x Bologna – 16h45
Genoa x Lecce – 8h30
Verona x Frosinone – 11h
Monza Sassuolo – 11h
Lazio x Napoli – 2pm
Fiorentina x Inter- 16h45
Salernitana x Rome – 4.45pm
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