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HT: Eventful Verona-Juventus


It has been a very eventful first half at the Bentegodi, as Hellas Verona had a goal disallowed, but Juventus hit the woodwork twice.

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Hellas were unbeaten in seven rounds, but tired from Wednesday’s rescheduled Week 17 fixture against Lazio, holding out for a 0-0 draw at the Olimpico. Sofyan Amrabat returned from suspension and Fabio Borini took an attacking role, while Juve opted for 4-3-3 with Douglas Costa, but Giorgio Chiellini, Merih Demiral, Danilo, Federico Bernardeschi and Sami Khedira missed out.

It was a very aggressive start from the hosts, as Wojciech Szczesny flew to fingertip a deflected Marco Davide Faraoni cross-shot over the bar, then on the resulting corner Matteo Pessina’s volley flashed just wide, with Amir Rrahmani attempting a back-heel flick at the far post.

Borini also drilled wide, but against the run of play, Juventus rattled the crossbar with a Douglas Costa solo effort out of nowhere at the end of a strong run.

Verona had the ball in the net moments later, when Miguel Veloso’s free kick was floated over the top and Marash Kumbulla only grazed it with his head, surprising Szczesny. However, the goal was disallowed using VAR, much to the chagrin of Kumbulla on his 20thbirthday, as his shoulder was offside.

Verona continued to swarm around Juve and the visitors kept getting the best chances, as on 36 minutes Ronaldo’s right-foot curler from the edge of the box bounced off the far post.

CR7 went close again with a similar opportunity, this time wide, with the same fate befalling his acrobatic header on Douglas Costa’s cross.

Verona 0-0 Juventus (Half-Time)

Verona:Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Gunter; Faraoni, Amrabat, Veloso, Lazovic; Pessina, Zaccagni; Borini

Juventus:Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Ronaldo

Ref:Massa

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