Benevento dented Juventus’s Serie A title hopes on Sunday when Adolfo Gaich’s second-half strike sealed a shock 1-0 victory in Turin and ended the relegation battlers’ 11-match winless run.
The Argentine pounced on a careless cross from Juve midfielder Arthur Melo to hearth in the decisive purpose after 69 minutes, and the toothless hosts failed to discover a well beyond goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo.
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The defeat left champions Juve in third place, 10 factors behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 video games remaining.
Benevento’s survival hopes had been boosted as they moved seven factors away from the relegation zone in sixteenth place.
“This was a game that marks a turning point; we had the right attitude,” stated Benevento captain Nicolas Viola.
“We are overjoyed. We are a humble team and when we find courage we are hard to beat, we make the opposition play badly.”
Andrea Pirlo’s Juve had been unbeaten in their earlier 5 league video games however he couldn’t prevail over his former AC Milan group mate Filippo Inzaghi in the opposing dugout, regardless of the hosts mustering 9 pictures on course to Benevento’s one.
Juve began on the entrance foot as Cristiano Ronaldo flashed a shot broad and Montipo denied Alvaro Morata with a diving save.
The referee awarded Juve a penalty for handball however overturned the choice following a VAR assessment, and Ronaldo discovered the online solely to be denied by the offside flag.
The Portuguese striker, who scored a hat-trick towards Cagliari in his final recreation, was hungry for a purpose and stung Montipo’s palms earlier than volleying an effort narrowly broad on the flip.
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But a catastrophic mistake from Arthur gifted the affected person guests the lead, because the Brazilian’s slack cross throughout his personal penalty field was intercepted by Gaich, who completed into the underside nook.
Ronaldo was Juve’s greatest menace as they pushed for a late equaliser, however he couldn’t beat Montipo. The goalkeeper caught out a leg to deny one effort earlier than parrying one other which fell into the trail of Danilo however the defender blasted the rebound over.
Elsewhere, Atalanta drew stage with Juve on 55 factors and strengthened their grip on fourth place with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona thanks to a Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty and a Duvan Zapata strike in the primary half.
Adam Marusic’s curling strike earned Lazio a 1-0 win at Udinese to put the seventh-placed Romans one level behind AS Roma and Napoli, whereas Antonio Candreva struck the winner as midtable Sampdoria defeated Seventeenth-placed Torino 1-0 in Genoa.