ROME. A goal from the Spanish Álvaro Morata prevented the defeat of a Juventus on Saturday without the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, positive for coronavirus, in the field of the recently promoted Crotone (1-1), on the fourth day of Serie A.
With Cristiano in quarantine in his home in Turin and still in doubt for the Champions League match against Barcelona on October 28, Juventus again showed difficulty at the level of play and stumbled for the second consecutive game, after 2-2 against Roma.
Andrea Pirlo’s team, in which Gianluigi Buffon, the Brazilian Arthur Melo or the Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentancur started, still does not shine and is now fourth, with eight points, four behind Milan, leader with full points. In addition, three of the eight points of the Turin team were handed over by the Sports Judge of Serie A, who considered that Napoli violated health protocol by not traveling to Turin on October 4 for the match corresponding to the third day.
This Saturday at the Ezio Scida stadium, it was Crotone who took the lead. He did so in the 12th minute, when a penalty by Leonardo Bonucci was safely transformed by Nigerian Nwankwo Simy, who struck down veteran Juventine goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The reaction of Juventus, who played with young starters Gianluca Frabotta and Manolo Portanova, was led offensively by Morata, who celebrated the first goal of his new stage in Turin. The Madrilenian already played in Turin from 2014 to 2016 and his last goal It went back to the 2016 Italian Cup final against Milan. The former Atlético Madrid striker gave everything to give victory to Juventus at the restart, even after Federico Chiesa, in his debut, was sent off for a hard foul on Luca Cigarini.
However, Morata ran into a post first and then with the VAR, which annulled a target by one millimeter, but correct, offside. In the other matches played this Saturday, Milan won the derby 2-1 against Inter thanks to a double by Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and reached the solo lead with four victories in as many games.
Napoli, Real Sociedad’s rival in the Europa League, beat Atalanta 4-1 thanks to a double by Mexican Hirving Lozano and goals from Matteo Politano and Nigerian Victor Osimhen. Lazio was shipwrecked, the orphan of Ciro Immobile, sanctioned, lost 3-0 in the Sampdoria field and barely added four points after the first four games of Serie A.