Dejan Kulusevski got here off the bench to rescue some extent as champions Juventus, taking part in with out Cristiano Ronaldo, had been held to a 3rd Serie A stalemate at house towards Hellas Verona on Sunday. Portuguese ahead Ronaldo stays absent after testing constructive for coronavirus with Juventus getting ready for subsequent week’s Champions League tie towards Barcelona in Turin. “We had a too wait-and-see first half, we weren’t very aggressive with the midfielders however we had essentially the most harmful alternatives,” mentioned Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.
Substitute Andrea Favilli put Verona forward after an hour in Turin however Swedish ahead Kulusevski rescued Pirlo with 13 minutes to go.
“Within the second half after the purpose there was a very good response, however we should not want a slap within the face to wake us up.
“While you play towards Verona it is arduous for everybody, however we may have finished higher.”
So as to add to Pirlo’s issues earlier than internet hosting Barcelona, defender Leonardo Bonucci went off with a thigh downside. Veteran Giorgio Chiellini is already out.
“He had already felt one thing on Tuesday (towards Dynamo Kiev), he felt one thing once more at present,” mentioned Pirlo.
“We are going to consider it tomorrow, calmly.”
Juventus are fifth in Serie A, three factors behind leaders AC Milan, who host Roma on Monday.
The nine-time reigning champions have stalled underneath new coach Pirlo after profitable their opener towards Sampdoria, their solely victory on the pitch in Serie A this season.
They drew towards promoted Crotone 1-1 and 2-2 at Roma. Between these matched they had been awarded a 3-Zero victory after Napoli refused to journey to Turin on October Four due to coronavirus circumstances.
On Sunday, Ebrima Colley had a purpose dominated offside after quarter of an hour for Verona with the hosts additionally denied an Alvaro Morata purpose for a marginal offside.
Favilli got here on after 55 minutes and 5 minutes later had the guests forward ending off a Mattia Zaccagni cross.
Morata missed one other probability on 72 minutes. Paulo Dybala, making his return after three months, hit the crossbar 5 minutes later. Then Kulusevski beat Silvestri from an angle.
The Verona goalkeeper pulled off two late saves to cease Dybala and Morata.
– Napoli go second
Napoli moved as much as second place, one level behind AC Milan, after a 2-1 win over promoted Benevento, a match through which brothers Lorenzo and Roberto Insigne scored for rival golf equipment.
“I am very completely happy, however sorry my first purpose in Serie A was towards my brother,” mentioned midfielder Roberto, 26, who opened the scoring after half an hour towards his hometown membership who he left two seasons in the past for Benevento.
Lorenzo Insigne, 29, marked his return from damage with a surprising equaliser for his 68th top-flight purpose for Napoli, with Matteo Politano organising Andrea Petagna for the winner seven minutes later.
Gennaro Gattuso’s aspect acquired again to profitable methods after their shock 1-Zero Europa League house defeat by AZ Alkmaar.
“After the sport? I informed him (Roberto) my left is best than his,” joked Lorenzo.
“No, I am kidding, we additionally hugged as a result of at present was an thrilling day for our household. I am pleased with the purpose and congratulate my brother too.
“The left foot just isn’t my favorite however I struck it very nicely and I have to say it was an exquisite purpose.”
Napoli have received all 4 Serie A video games they’ve performed this season
Mid-table Fiorentina acquired again profitable 3-2 towards Udinese due to a Gaetano Castrovilli brace both aspect of a Nikola Milenkovic header.
A pair of Stefano Okaka headers had revived 18th-placed Udinese hopes.
In Sardinia, Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, scored his fourth purpose in 5 video games as Cagliari beat 10-man Crotone 4-2.
5 of the objectives got here in an exciting first half. Cagliari are 11th with Crotone backside of the desk.
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