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Serie A

Result: Hellas Verona 1-1 Juventus

Date: 27 February 2021

Venue: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 

Juventus' Serie A title hopes took another knock after only managing a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Saturday evening.

Bianconeri made three changes from their thumping win over Crotone, as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was recalled alongside Federico Bernardeschi and Adrien Rabiot.

Verona almost grabbed an early goal in the eighth minute from a short corner after Marco Faraoini glanced a header at the near post which forced Szczesny into a reflex save.

The hosts did not allow Juventus to build from the back, pressing them high, with the likes of Cristaino Ronaldo and Dejan Kulusevski not receiving service upfront.

Ronaldo only got involved in the game for the Old Lady on the stroke of half-time with a free-kick outside the box that did not threaten shot-stopper Marco Silvestri as the first stanza ended goalless.

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However, Ronaldo broke the deadlock three minutes into the second stanza with a first-time low strike inside the box that Silvestri could only help towards the back of the net after a great hold-up play by Federico Chiesa.

Juventus were dropping deep after going ahead and they paid the price for it in the last quarter of an hour, after Antonin Barak levelled matters for Verona with a towering header at the back post from Darko Lazovic's cross.

Lazovic came close to snatching the winner for Verona in the last five minutes with a curling strike inside the box that Szczesny tipped onto the crossbar, as the hosts held on to the share of the spoils.


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