It was the ‘I would like but I can’t’ match that was seen at the Arechi where Salernitana scared Juventus, took the lead with a great shot from Maggiore and in the end were left with ten men and immediately two goals in 25 minutes. Inzaghi’s boys had believed in it, the idea of ’avenging’ the 6-1 tennis win achieved in the Italian Cup crumbled when, in the 53rd minute, Maggiore got himself sent off for a double yellow card. The rhythms imposed on the match by Allegri’s boys forced Salernitana to move the center of gravity of their actions back, allowing Vlahovic and his teammates to arrive in the opponent’s area with consistency from both flanks. The Serbian striker’s goal, the seal of suffocating pressure that allows Juventus to remain attached to Inter, the winter champions.
The match in Campania began at full speed with an opportunity for Yildiz who took advantage of a distraction from Daniliuc by stealing the ball and falling into the area without a foul being detected and the opportunity faded. Salernitana dangerous from the 3rd minute with Sambia, stopped by a feat from Szczesny. Juventus again with McKennie heading in the 9th minute following the development of a corner, Costil opposes. Salernitana responds in the 19th minute with Legowski, once again it is Szczesny who leaves the result intact.
Maggiore was the one to reverse the inertia of the match: in the 29th minute of the first half the Granata midfielder found the opening goal with a nice shot from the edge. The reaction of the Bianconeri was furious, as they immediately looked for an equalizer in the second half, with Vlahovic, however, unable to find the target. In the eighth it was Maggiore again who changed the match, this time to the negative: the former Spezia player was sent off for a double yellow card, after a foul on Rabiot. Inzaghi tried to make up for the numerical inferiority but the newly substitute Iling-Junior, in the 20th minute, found the goal to make it 1-1 with a shot from inside the area. However, the Campanians remained in the game, Bradaric scared Szczesny with a violent conclusion, immediately afterwards Simy failed to connect to a silky ball from Candreva. Dusan Vlahovic’s winning header from Danilo’s cross decided the match at the start of injury time. Six minutes of added time that did not change the balance: Juventus can continue to dream of the tricolor without anxiety while the hosts hold on to the good performance and nothing more.
The official lineups:
SALERNITANA (3-4-2-1): Costil; Daniliuc, Gyomber, Fazio; Sambia, Legowski, Major, Bradaric; Candreva, Tchaouna; Simy. Coach Inzaghi.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Weah, McKennie, Nicolussi, Rabiot, Kostic; Vlahovic, Yildiz. All. Allegri.
Referee: Guide; assistants: Imperiale – Bresmes; IV: Di Marco; VAR: Valeri; AVAR: Dionysus
Samuel Iling scored the Juventus equalizer
The Arechi stadium, Unione Sportiva Salernitana
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