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Monza v Juventus Live Commentary, 2022/09/18

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That victory - their first ever in the Italian top-flight - lifts Monza off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, just a point from safety. They played so well to beat Juve, and you'd hope they will back themselves against anyone from now on. For Juve, a first defeat of the season merely extends their stuttering start to 2022-23. They remain eighth, but it's now just one win in six, and none in their last three. This, coupled with two losses from their first two Champions League group games, suggests that Max Allegri's position will soon be under some serious pressure.
Armando Izzo was an absolute mountain at the back for Monza, and put in his fair share of attacking contributions too. Going forward, he managed two key passes, as well as a successful cross from open play, and won six of his 11 duels, five of which came in the air. At the back, he made three tackles, four clearances, five interceptions and a block, winning possession five times and routinely denying Juventus any meaningful attacking opportunities.
What a result for Monza, and what a way to secure your first ever victory in Serie A! It wasn't exactly a snatch-and-grab either, as the hosts thoroughly outplayed a disjointed Juventus side, with substitute Gytkjaer popping up to score the winning goal 26 minutes from time. There's still a long way to go in their maiden Serie A campaign, but with performances like that against such opposition, Monza can have renewed hope of staying in this league!
90' + 7' Colpani chases McKennie back towards his own goal, but is judged to have fouled the Juve midfielder and the Old Lady get a late free-kick.
90' + 6' From a drop ball, Danilo crosses into the box, but it's straight to Di Gregorio, who holds the ball, and that might well be all we've got time for!
90' + 5' Juve attempt to come down the left again, but for the second time in two minutes Izzo races in to perfectly intercept and cut out the pass. He's been immense at both ends for Monza.
90' + 3' Mari is down in the goalmouth holding his right foot, but Monza will be in no hurry to make a substitution given the clock is ticking down on a famous victory for them.
N. Rovella
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Caldirola's all over Vlahovic as he brings down a high ball, and the striker is eventually brought to ground, winning a free-kick and resulting in a yellow card for the Monza substitute.
90' + 1' We're into five minutes of added time to close this game out, and can Juve find a late surge to claim a point?
90' Fagioli whips in a corner after Mari puts another behind, and it falls to Bremer, whose attempted shot ricochets off Gytkjaer's chest and is cleared!
P. Ciurria
Yellow Card
89' Ciurria who has switched to the left, tries to halt the momentum of Soule, dragging back the Juve substitute to concede a free-kick. The goal-assisting wing-back is booked for his troubles.
87' Monza almost get sight of goal after Gytkjaer dispossesses Bremer on the edge of his own box, but Juve counter down the left through Kean, who is tackled superbly by Izzo!
M. Soulé
M. De Sciglio
86' De Sciglio is also withdrawn, replaced at right-back by Matias Soule.
N. Fagioli
F. Miretti
86' Miretti comes off for Juve in midfield, and is replaced by another young playmaker in Nicolo Fagioli.
S. Birindelli
Carlos Augusto
85' Augusto comes off in Monza's latest alteration, with the wing-back replaced by Samuele Birindelli.
84' There's no sugarcoating the fact that Juve have been poor. Kean's chance was only their second shot on target, despite having eight on target in their last league match vs Salernitana. In their previous three games vs Fiorentina, Spezia and Roma combined, the Bianconeri had only seven attempts on target, with that high-octane Salernitana match looking more and more like an outlier.
82' SAVED!!! McKennie evades Caldriola and crosses from the byline for Kean, but he can only aim his free header straight at Di Gregorio, who catches it right on the goal-line!
81' There's no sugarcoating the fact that Juventus have been poor, particularly in the second half. They've had a sole shot on target, WIDE!!!! That could've sealed it!!! Kytgjaer finds himself through on goal, with no flag raised despite Juve's three defenders appealing. He's one-on-one with an onrushing Perin, but can only curl his shot wide of the far post!
79' Kean's first involvement is to surge into a challenge with Colpani, sending the Monza forward flying and conceding a free-kick.
M. Kean
F. Kostić
78' Juve finally make their first change off the game, bringing off the largely ineffective Kostic for a different kind of threat up front in Moise Kean.
76' BLOCKED!!! Back come the leaders on the break, and Gytkjaer switches it wide to Colpani. He smashes a left-footed effort goalwards, but a block by Danilo sends the ball behind for a corner!
P. Ciurria
74' Ciurria's been whipping in threatening crosses all game long, and despite that one taking a nick off Bremer on the way through, found Gytkjaer perfectly and left him with the simplest of finishes!
C. Gytkjær
74' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Magnificent from Monza!!!! It's been coming, and now Serie A's bottom side have taken the lead against the mighty Juventus!!! Rovella finds Ciurria wide to his right, and he cuts back inside before looping a left-footed cross to the front post. Gytkjaer ghosts in behind the defence and stabs a first-time finish beyond Perin and into the bottom corner!! 1-0 to Monza, and now the question is can they hang onto their lead?
72' OVER!!!! Paredes whips a free-kick into the box, and Danilo escapes his marker to head goalwards, but gets a tad underneath his effort and it loops over the bar!
71' WIDE!!! Rovella picks the ball up 30 yards from goal and lets fly from the edge of the box, with his curling effort whooshing just wide of the far post! What a statement goal that would've been!
A. Colpani
G. Caprari
69' Caprari's next off for the hosts, replaced in attack Andrea Colpani for the Monza side.
68' What a tackle!!! After a Monza attack on the Juve box is thwarted, the Old Lady race forward on the counter. Danilo surges ahead and looks to find McKennie to his right, but Mari slides in to win the ball in a perfectly timed and executed tackle!
66' SAVED!!! Izzo's first-time pass catches Juve out and puts Gytkjaer through on goal. He shoots first-time from a tight angle on the right, and Perin holds it at his near post!
64' SAVED!!! A good spell on the ball for Monza sees it spread wide to Augusto, who cuts inside and shoots from 20 yards, drawing a low save from Perin in the corner!
62' Izzo floats a ball forward for Caprari, but a heavy touch from the Monza forward sends the ball behind before he can square for Gytkjaer.
60' A good Juve attack is broken up by Izzo and Ciurria, and McKennie slides in on the latter to win the ball back but catches him late, conceding a free-kick.
58' Monza earned their first Serie A point of the season in their last league game against Lecce. Of the last four top-flight teams to pick up just one or fewer points after their first six games played, only Salernitana, last season, avoided relegation.
56' OVER!!! Izzo floats a cross into the six-yard box, and Gytkjaer meets the ball with a powerful header, but one that he can't keep down as he sends it over the bar!
L. Caldirola
55' Defender Santos is the third player withdrawn for the hosts, and is replaced at the back by Luca Caldirola.
C. Gytkjær
Dany Mota
55' Mota also comes off having come close a few times up front, and he's replaced by Christian Gytkjaer.
A. Barberis
S. Sensi
54' New Monza manager Raffaele Palladino makes a triple substitution, there first of which sees Sensi come off for Andrea Barberis.
53' BLOCKED!!! McKennie's cross from the left is latched onto by Miretti, who stumbles as he shoots on the volley, and it's blocked and cleared by Mari!
52' Vlahovic attempts to turn and shoot in the box, but Santos and Mari block his path. He goes down when attempting to shoot, with his appeals for a penalty convincing no-one!
52' WIDE!!! Ciurria's cross from the right takes a deflection and heads towards the near post. Mota races onto the ball and attempts to fire it goalwards, but can only find the wrong side of the post!
50' A poor ball forward from Gatti is cut out by Caprari, who shoots from 20 yards and sends the ball whistling just over the crossbar!
49' SAVED!!! Rovella finds Pessina in the box and runs ahead for the return ball, before attempting to loop the ball over the head of Perin, unsuccessfully!
47' Ciurria's cross is cut out by Bremer, but Pessina races into the box and deflects his attempted clearance back towards goal, but Perin picks it up!
46' Monza kick off the second half, and will the hosts be able to snatch an unlikely three points?
The teams are back out for the second half, and will 10-man Juve improve enough in the second half to claim victory here?
Rovella's been right in the thick of the action against his parent club, showing Juventus what they're missing out on by going toe-to-toe with their midfield three. As well as a shot and a key pass, he's completed more passes than anyone else on the pitch, with nine of these coming in the final third. He's won half of his four duels, and has won possession five times, including via three interceptions.
The first half draws to a close, with zero goals on the scoreboard and one less player on the pitch! It's hard to say Monza haven't been the better team, playing some good, free-flowing football and having several half-chances. Juve have been frustrated at every turn, with Vlahovic a marked man in the box and Monza's pressing causing them problems. It boiled over when Di Maria lashed out at Izzo, and his red card makes Juve's task to win their first game in six even harder!
45' + 2' A free-kick is swung into the Monza box, and Gatti heads it on to Bremer, but the Brazilian is offside and the hosts get the free-kick.
45' We'll play three minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
44' Bremer takes the free-kick and hits it towards the box, but the ball is cleared. How that situation resulted in a Juventus free-kick remains unclear.
42' Di Maria's still not left the pitch, as he and his teammates, as well as the bench, protest his innocence. But, even if there wasn't much contact, there was certainly intent, and he'll soon be walking regardless.
Á. Di María
Red Card
40' RED CARD!!! Di Maria attempts to evade Izzo's attention, but gets frustrated and lashes out wildly at the Monza defender. He appears to catch him in the chest with an elbow, and the red card is out almost as soon as Izzo hits the floor!
40' With Di Maria down and Juve playing with no intention to stop, Monza break at speed and Augusto races through midfield. He looks to find Mota in space to the left, but the forward's offside and play is brought back.
38' Kostic's cross flies over everyone but De Sciglio. Who cuts the ball back from the opposite side of the box. Paredes arrives at the edge, firing a first time shot low and hard, but it's blocked and cleared with little difficulty by the home side.
37' Danilo's cross into the box is plucked out the air by Di Gregorio, who rushes to kick, slips, and sends the ball out on the full!
36' Juventus’ last win in a Serie A away match was in April, and the Bianconeri haven't waited so long between two Serie A away wins since September 2010, when they won against Udinese 197 days after a win at Fiorentina in March of that year.
34' Rovella bursts through the Juve midfield and looks to create a chance, but Kostic slides in to win the ball and catches him late to concede a free-kick.
32' SAVED!!! Sensi finds space to shoot on the edge of the box and lets fly, but it's right down Perin's throat and the Juve keeper holds the bouncing ball!
31' OVER!!! After Caprari is crowded out on the edge of the box, he spreads the ball wide to Ciurria. He takes a touch before smashing a shot from 20 yards, that swerves and dips before soaring over the bar!
31' Vlahovic has scored all four of his Serie A goals this season at home. The last time he found the net in a league away match was on April 9th against Cagliari. The Juve forward has failed to score in four away Serie A apps in a row, and the last time he did worse was a run of 10 such goalless appearances.
29' Di Gregorio's long kick has Caprari racing after it, but Perin comes out of his box to head the ball over the Monza striker before clearing!
28' SAVED!!! De Sciglio comes inside and tees up Vlahovic to shoot in the box. He does so, but his first-time effort across goal is held by Di Gregorio!
27' Pessina ghosts between Miretti and Gatti on the byline before crossing, but Miretti gets in the way to concede a corner, Monza's third of the match.
26' Vlahovic releases Kostic down the left, who cuts inside and finds his international teammate in the box. Vlahovic is blocked off by Mari though, and the on-loan Arsenal defender blocks his shot from a tight angle!
26' No team have scored fewer goals than Monza’s three so far this season. Only Spezia (52) have had less shots than the Biancorossi (54) so far, and Spezia (10) have had fewer shots on target (15).
24' Pessina takes the free-kick from the right edge, but it tests no-one as the ball sails straight into the gloves of Perin.
Yellow Card
22' Bremer flies in on Mota as he looks to escape the Juve defender on the far touchline, and the yellow card is out for the Brazilian, the first one of the match.
20' Ciurria heads forward down the right, but is caught from behind by Kostic, who concedes the free-kick. It's the home side who are generating much of the better football on show so far, despite their lowly position.
18' WIDE!!! Augusto's pass frees up Mota down the byline, and he crosses to the edge of the box. Ciurria arrives late and volleys the ball goalwards, dragging his shot just wide of the target!
18' Juventus are unbeaten in their first six league games of the current campaign but they have drawn four matches. The Bianconeri have never had five draws in their first seven Serie A games played in the three points for a win era, last doing so in 1972-73.
16' Gatti chops down Caprari as the Monza striker attempts to turn on halfway, and the Juve centre-back concedes the free-kick.
14' WIDE!!! De Sciglio's ball over the top finds Vlahovic running into the box, and he smashes a left-footed half volley wide from a tight angle!
12' OVER!!! Santos' cross from deep finds Mota on the run to the back post. He leaps high to connect with the ball, but can't direct his header goalwards and it sails over!
11' Sensi floats a cross into the box, but it's easily caught by Perin and Juve can break.
10' Monza have lost their first three Serie A home games. Only two teams have lost their first four home games in the competition – Benevento in 2017-18 and Treviso in 2005-06.
8' Kostic races down the left before cutting the ball back into the area, but Rovella slides in to grant his parent club a corner.
7' Caprari and Rovella link up on the edge of the box, but Rovella's return ball for the striker is overhit and goes behind for a goal kick.
5' Juventus and Monza have met four times before, with all those matches coming in the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri have scored in all four of those matches, and are unbeaten too.
3' WIDE!!! Sensi has a shot from the edge of the box blocked by Gatti, and the ball spills out to Augusto. His cross is half-cleared towards Rovella, whose volley from 22 yards is dragged wide!
1' Kostic crosses low into the area, but Di Maria's attempted shot is mis-cued horribly, and actually finds Kostic again by the corner flag!
1' Kostic kicks off for the hosts, and we're underway in Monza!
The teams are out on the pitch, and kick-off is just moments away here!
Dusan Vlahovic has four goals so far this season, albeit none in his last two games, and in the absence of the suspended Milik, the Juve number nine will be hoping to get back in the scoring charts against a Monza side who have conceded a league-high 14 goals.
Stefano Sensi’s free-kick gave Monza the lead against Lecce, but the Biancorossi were pegged back just after half-time and still await their first win. The on-loan Inter midfielder starts in midfield, alongside captain Matteo Pessina and Nicolo Rovella, who are on loan from Atalanta and Juve respectively.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Wojciech Szczesny, Carlo Pinsoglio, Moise Kean, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, Matias Soule, Tommaso Barbieri, Samuel Iling-Junior, Nicolo Fagioli, Enzo Barrenecha.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Mattia Perin, Danilo, Frederico Gatti, Bremer, Mattia De Sciglio; Weston McKennie, Leandro Paredes, Fabio Miretti; Angel Di Maria, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Kostic.
MONZA SUBS: Alessio Cragno, Alessandro Sorrentino, Luca Caldriola, Jose Machin, Andrea Barberis, Christian Gytkjaer, Mattia Valoti, Samuele Birindelli, Filippo Ranocchia, Valentin Antov, Andrea Colpani, Luca Marrone, Warren Bondo, Andrea Carboni, Salvatore Molina.
MONZA (3-5-2): Michele Di Gregorio; Marlon Santos, Pablo Mari, Armando Izzo; Patrick Ciurria, Matteo Pessina, Nicolo Rovella, Stefano Sensi, Carlos Augusto; Dany Mota, Gianluca Caprari.
Juve, meanwhile have had an indifferent start to the season by their standards, drawing four games, double the amount they've won, to sit eighth. They’ve only won one of their last five, but were denied a late, late winner against Salernitana last time out, after VAR chalked off Arkadiusz Milik’s 95th-minute winner, despite the striker having been sent off for a second yellow card picked up during his celebrations.
Promoted Monza sit rock-bottom, propping up the table with just one point, and are already four points from safety with six games played. However, after losing their first five, they did draw 1-1 with Lecce thanks to Stefano Sensi’s goal, suggesting results may be beginning to improve for the home side.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this fixture in Serie A, as Monza take on Juventus at Stadio Brianteo.