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Fiorentina v Juventus Live Commentary, 9/3/22

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1 - 1
FIO
JUV
C. Kouamé (29)
A. Milik (9)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Commentary

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That draw means neither side makes much movement in the table. Fiorentina rise a place to tenth, but will be all too aware that despite doing enough to win this game, they still haven't tasted victory since the opening day of the season. Juve remain fourth, but have now drawn more games than they've won, with three of their last four ending in stalemates. The Old Lady need to start turning one point into three if they're to make serious impacts on the title race.
Amrabat was outstanding in the middle for the hosts, running all game long and providing a constant threat from the base of midfield. He finished the game with more touches and passes than anyone else on the pitch, as well as completing 62 passes in Juve's half. He won the ball eight times, also a game leading number, and managed to create a chance with one of these, also managing one shot on target from two attempts. Anchor.
The match ends with the spoils shared, but the hosts will know they could very well have had that game sewn up! La Viola were completely on top of Juve for much of the half, and had several chances to find a winner, but the final pass or finish was too much for them to handle! Juve defended gallantly, but were blunt in the extreme when going forward, and with both sides knowing that an extra touch of quality could've gone a long way in that game!
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: FIORENTINA 1-1 JUVENTUS.
90' + 4' La Viola comes forward again as Biraghi hooks a cross to the back post, but Zurkowski snatches at a first-time volley and it flies well wide!
90' + 3' After Mandragora's cross is cut out, Biraghi floats it back into the area, and another header away sees both Amrabat and Cabral attempt to shoot, but neither can connect!
90' + 1' We're into four minutes of added time to close out this game. Don't go anywhere!
89' Biraghi's corner lands right on the head of Cabral, but he can't direct the effort on target and heads over the crossbar!
88' SAVED!!! La Viola keep the ball superbly well and it comes to Amrabat 25 yards from goal. He picks his spot and tries for goal, but his on-target, curling effort is tipped over the bar by Perin!
86' CHANCE!!! Ikone does brilliantly to skilfully beat both Danilo and Fagioli as he dribbles into the box, but when he pulls the trigger it's to skew a woeful shot well wide of the target!
85' Locatelli looks to pick out Kean with a delightful ball over the top with the outside of his foot, but Terracciano races out to smother the ball before the substitute can shoot!
83' After cutting out an inside ball, Danilo gives it to McKennie to spark a counter-attack. He takes a heavy touch though, and in flies Martinez to ricochet the ball up and away!
N. Fagioli
L. Paredes
Juventus
83' Paredes' Juventus debut draws to a close, as he's replaced by Nicolo Fagioli for the final few minutes.
81' More good play from the home side sees Biraghi find Sottil out on the left. He's isolated, but takes on the much bigger Bonucci and manages to win his side their eighth corner of the match!
S. Żurkowski
A. Barák
Fiorentina
79' Barak is the next Viola man to come off, as Szymon Zurkowski enters the fray.
Arthur Cabral
L. Jović
Fiorentina
78' Jovic's missed penalty would've been the difference at the moment, had it gone in of course, and a frustrating match for the striker comes to an end as he's replaced by Arthur Cabral.
L. Bonucci
Alex Sandro
Juventus
78' Another change coming for Juve, with Sandro withdrawn for Leonardo Bonucci. He'll likely fill in at centre-back, pushing Danilo out onto the left side.
76' Bremer has been excellent at the back for Juve, having more touches and passes than any other Bianconeri player so far. Alongside him, Danilo has also been solid, intercepting the ball four times, and blocking two shots. Rocks.
74' Biraghi swings another cross to the back post, where Ikone rises to head the ball, but he's just a tad too late to jump and the ball evades him!
72' Paredes picked up a knock during that chance, and leaves the field for further treatment. He's been thrown in at the deep end having only arrived at the club days ago, but has performed well in a rather sluggish Juve side.
70' Ikone races down the byline and crosses for Jovic, causing havoc in the Juve box. The Old Lady can't get it clear, and Dodo's cross back into the box is inches away from Sottil scoring at the back post!
69' Kean looks to find room to shoot at the back post, but catches the leg of Martinez in the process of creating space and is penalised.
68' Danilo landed awkwardly on his trailing leg when sliding in to put that ball out, and the Juve defender looks to be in significant discomfort.
66' Dodo's low cross towards the from post is met by Danilo, who slides in and almost puts the ball in his own net, but it rolls wide of the post and behind for a Fiorentina corner!
64' OVER!!! Biraghi's cross from the left is whipped into the box, where Jovic meets it with a glancing header that flies over the bar!
F. Miretti
J. Cuadrado
Juventus
64' Cuadrado also comes off for the Old Lady, with Fabio Miretti introduced from the bench.
M. Kean
F. Kostić
Juventus
64' Kostic is the next Bianconeri player to come off, and is replaced in attack by Moise Kean.
J. Ikoné
C. Kouamé
Fiorentina
62' Kouame's exceptional match comes to an end also, as he makes way for Jonathan Ikone.
R. Mandragora
Y. Maleh
Fiorentina
62' Maleh has been busy in the middle of the park, and comes off now for Rolando Mandragora. Mandragora scored a late winner in Fiorentina's only win so far this season. An ominous substitution?
60' Another battle ensues between Sandro and Kouame, and the Fiorentina winger comes out on top again as he wins a corner, his side's fifth of the match.
58' Igor appears to have kept the ball in play, but inadvertedly concedes a Juve corner!
56' Juventus are looking to win against Fiorentina on the road for the first time since December 2018. Fiorentina have won one game and drawn twice at home against Bianconeri since then, last remaining unbeaten for four consecutive home matches against this opponent back in 1999.
L. Martínez
N. Milenković
Fiorentina
54' Milenkovic comes off in Fiorentina's first change, and is replaced at centre-back by Lucas Martinez Quarta.
Danilo
Yellow Card
Juventus
53' Kouame comes away with the ball on the counter after a Juventus attack is thwarted, but Danilo flies straight into him in a tackle more likely to be seen on a rugby pitch! The Brazilian defender is rightfully booked by the referee.
M. Locatelli
Yellow Card
Juventus
52' Locatelli's forward pass goes astray and Maleh comes back with the ball. He's chopped down by the Juve midfielder, with Locatelli being shown a yellow card by the referee.
50' Sandro appears to have out McKennie into acres of space down the left, but the American is stopped in his tracks after being flagged for offside.
48' BLOCKED!!! Biraghi strides forward for the hosts, arriving in the box before cutting the ball back to Barak. He shoots first time, but Bremer gets in the way and blocks it for Juve!
47' Barak gets the ball in the box and looks to pick out a cross, but gets into a tangle with Sandro and wins La Viola a corner.
46' Jovic kicks off for Fiorentina, and we're back underway for the second half!
M. De Sciglio
Á. Di María
Juventus
46' Di Maria comes off at half-time after a quiet first 45 minutes, and full-back Mattia De Sciglio will replace him.
The sides are back out for the second half, and can Fiorentina make up for that missed penalty by finding a winner in the next 45 minutes?
Kouame has been excellent down the right for La Viola, scoring the equaliser and managing another shot on target. He's also played two key passes, one good cross, and has engaged in eight duels so far. He's won the ball three times too, as well as a free-kick, and the Ivorian will hope to cause Sandro more trouble in the second half.
The first half ends, with the match level despite a plethora of chances! Juve started brightly and were ahead within 10 minutes, but after that La Viola really came into their own, and were all over the Old Lady at times. The breakaway equaliser for Kouame was expertly finished, and they could've had another following a bizarre VAR awarded penalty, but Perin denied Jovic from the spot! The second half should be just as gripping as the first, as these two mean business!
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: FIORENTINA 1-1 JUVENTUS
45' + 2' CHANCE!!! A long ball finds Milik in the box, but Milenkovic and Dodo are all over him and Terracciano is able to gather the ball before Milik can shoot.
45' + 1' Igor slides in wildly, catching Di Maria on halfway. It's a definite free-kick, but the referee again refrains from showing a card!
45' We'll play two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
M. Perin
Penalty Save
Juventus
44' It was a good penalty from Jovic, but an even better save from Perin, and Juve fans will feel relieved to still be level after a somewhat baffling last few minutes!
L. Jović
Penalty Miss
Fiorentina
44' MISSED!!!! Jovic strikes low and hard to the left side of the goal, but Perin stretches to tip it onto the post!!! The ball skews across the face of goal, and rolls behind wide of the opposite post!
43' PENALTY!!! What a turn of events!!! A seemingly random VAR check results in the referee only needing a few replays of the footage to decide it's a handball against Paredes, and Fiorentina have a glorious chance to take the lead here!
42' The referee brings play to a jarring halt, and heads over to the VAR screen to check a handball in the box against Paredes from minutes earlier!
41' Sottil takes on Bremer and attempts a cross, but a deflection off Paredes takes it away from the danger area!
40' Viola boss Vincenzo Italiano won his last managerial game against Juventus in Serie A, having lost each of his previous three such matches; Italiano could become the first Fiorentina coach to win consecutive games against Bianconeri in the top-flight since Luigi Radice in 1992.
38' Sottil's on the deck again after he's caught late by Cuadrado, and those two are having some battle down the left-hand side!
36' SAVED!!! A Fiorentina corner is swung in, and Jovic beats Sandro to the ball to glance a downward header towards goal! Perin gets across to it and hold it, and the striker is then penalised for fouling Sandro.
35' BLOCKED!!! It's a sweetly-hit free-kick from Sottil, but the Juve wall does its job and it's headed away!
34' Paredes loses out to Jovic in midfield, and he approaches the edge of the box before being brought down by Bremer, and La Viola have a great chance to score directly from this close-range free-kick!
Alex Sandro
Yellow Card
Juventus
33' Dodo looks to turn Sandro, and is almost successful, but the Juve left-back catches him late and is penalised and booked by the referee.
32' Sottil is barged off the ball in the box by Cuadrado, though cleanly according to the referee, and the Fiorentina winger can't believe he hasn't won a penalty there!
31' You can't argue that it hasn't been coming, and that slick counter-attacking move has given La Viola the hope to win this one, as well as scoring their first goal in four games!
R. Sottil
Assist
Fiorentina
29' Although he got lucky with Locatelli misjudging the flight of the ball, there was nothing but composure in that final pass from Sottil to Kouame. A sumptuous ball, and one that has levelled the scores here!
C. Kouamé
Goal
Fiorentina
29' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! La Viola equalise!!!! Terracciano gets a good punch on the corner and Locatelli can't get control of the ball. It drops to Sottil, who splits the backtracking Juve defence with a throughball to Kouame, who races clear and slots the ball beyond the onrushing Perin and into the back of the net! 1-1 in Florence, and it's game on.
28' BLOCKED!!! Forward come Juve as Paredes finds McKennie in acres of space in the box. He flashes it across goal, where it finds Kostic at the back post, but his low drive is deflected behind for a corner!
27' Biraghi's corner is headed away by McKennie and falls to Kouame. He cuts the ball back to Amrabat, but his effort flies miles over the crossbar!
26' SAVED!!! Dodo's cross deflects off the back of Sandro, but drops back the to the full-back on his left boot. He strikes a sumptuous volley towards goal, but Perin is well-positioned enough to hold it!
24' Cuadrado's inside ball is flicked on by Di Maria, but it's a poor touch from the Argentine and the ball rolls through to Terracciano.
22' McKennie glides across the open field with no purple shirts closing him down whatsoever. He travels from one box to the other, before finding Sandro, but his cross can't find a target and goes behind.
21' Fiorentina have failed to score in their last three Serie A matches, and they could go goalless in four in a row in the competition for the first time since November 2020.
19' Biraghi cuts the ball back to Barak in the box, who is sandwiched between Bremer and McKennie and goes down in the box! The referee's unbudged though, and play carries on as Juve counter!
17' Fiorentina are looking to win consecutive games against Juventus in Serie A for the first time since 1998, having won 2-0 at home against Bianconeri last May. Both of those two victories took place at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
S. Amrabat
Yellow Card
Fiorentina
15' Milik knocks the ball past Amrabat as he looks to spark a counter-attack, and is subsequently floored off the ball by the Moroccan, who can have no complaints when the referee shows him a yellow card!
14' BLOCKED!!! Kouame does very well to beat his man down the right, and cuts the ball back to Amrabat. He shoots, but a deflection takes it Maleh's way, and his powerful effort at the near post is blocked behind by Bremer!
14' Sottil gets into space down the left and looks to drill in a cross from the byline, but it's put behind for a corner by Cuadrado.
12' Maleh flies in late on Cuadrado, catching him in a nasty-looking challenge. The Colombian is sent flying and the referee blows, but there's no card for the Fiorentina midfielder!
11' SAVED!!! Sottil wins the ball from a poor Perin kick and races forward before linking up with Maleh. He crosses to Kouame at the back post, whose downward header is held by Perin!
F. Kostić
Assist
Juventus
9' The control Kostic had on that flying volley was superb, putting the ball on a plate for Milik to finish off the easiest of chances!
A. Milik
Goal
Juventus
9' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! There's the opener!!! Cuadrado's cross from the byline is met by Kostic deep in the box, who volleys the ball back towards goal where Milik is waiting to stab it home! A real poacher's finish from the striker, and it's 1-0 with nine minutes gone!
8' Kostic's floated cross into the box is punched away by Terracciano, but Locatelli has space to shoot from the follow-up, but it's deflected away!
6' Biraghi's free-kick from the left is dealt with but Kouame recovers possession. He tees up Amrabat to cross, and his ball finds Milenkovic, who skews his attempted header wide.
5' Fiorentina have lost 79 games and conceded 268 goals against Juventus in Serie A, more than they have against any other opponents in the top-flight.
3' A poor backpass from Biraghi allows Paredes to steal possession on the edge of La Viola's box, but after finding Milik, the Pole can't get a shot away and the hosts win the ball back.
1' Milik gets us underway, and we're off and running in Florence!
The teams head out of the tunnel, and we're not far away from kick-off now!
Dusan Vlahovic is the joint-top scorer in Serie A with four goals, including the opener against Spezia, but he drops to the bench for this game in favour of the man who scored the winner, on-loan Marseille striker Milik. Meanwhile, Leandro Paredes comes straight into the starting XI follow his own loan move from PSG.
Luka Jovic opened his Fiorentina account by scoring the second in their opening day 3-2 victory over Cremonese, but has been firing blanks since, and needs to find his shooting boots to trouble this makeshift Juve defence.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia De Sciglio, Dusan Vlahovic, Frederico Gatti, Moise Kean, Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio Miretti, Daniele Rugani, Matias Soule Malvano, Giovanni Gabriele Garofani, Nicolo Fagioli.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Mattia Perin; Juan Cuadrado, Danilo, Bremer, Alex Sandro; Weston McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Leandro Paredes; Angel Di Maria, Arkadiusz Milik, Filip Kostic.
FIORENTINA SUBS: Michele Serofolini, Pierluigi Gollini, Riccardo Saponara, Arthur Cabral, Jonathan Ikone, Aleksa Terzic, Luca Ranieri, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lorenzo Venuti, Szymon Zurkowski, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Rolando Mandragora, Alessandro Bianco.
FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Pietro Terracciano; Dodo, Nikola Milenkovic, Igor Julio, Cristiano Biraghi; Youssef Maleh, Sofyan Amrabat, Antonin Barak; Christian Kouame, Luka Jovic, Riccardo Sottil.
Juve sit fifth in the table, and are unbeaten after their first four games. They’ve drawn two of these though, and needed a 92nd minute winner from Arkadiusz Milik to prevent a third straight draw against Spezia.
It’s been an indifferent start to the season for the hosts, who have won and lost a game apiece, as well as drawing two. They haven’t scored a goal since their opening day win over Cremonese either, and will need to improve rapidly in this area if they’re to give Juve a contest here.
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