Vlahovic and Chiesa fury, Juventus sinks Lazio


By John

Juventus-Lazio 3-1

Markers: 10′ st and 22′ st Vlahovic, 26′ pt Chiesa, 19′ st Luis Alberto.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Szczesny 6.5; Gatti 6, Bremer 6, Danilo 6.5; McKennie 7 (27’st Weah sv), Miretti 6.5 (14’st Fagioli 6), Locatelli 7, Rabiot 6.5, Kostic 6 (14’st Cambiaso 6); Vlahovic 8 (38’st Kean sv), Chiesa 7.5 (38’st Milik sv). On the bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, Alex Sandro, Yildiz, Iling-Junior, Rugani, Nicolussi Caviglia. Coach: Allegri 7.
LAZIO (4-3-3): Provedel 5.5; Marusic 5.5, Casale 5, Romagnoli 5, Hysaj 4.5 (1st Pellegrini 5.5); Kamada 6 (33’st Guendouzi sv), Cataldi 5 (1’st Rovella 6), Luis Alberto 6.5; Felipe Anderson 6 (28’st Pedro sv), Immobile 4.5 (24’st Castellanos 5), Zaccagni 4.5. On the bench: Sepe, Mandas, Patric, Vecino, Tang Isaksen, Lazzari, Mario Gila. Coach: Sarri 5.
REFEREE: Maresca of Naples 6.
NOTE: overcast skies, terrain in perfect condition. Booked: Miretti, Bremer, Gatti, Cambiaso, Vlahovic, Pellegrini. Corners: 9-7 for Lazio. Recovery: 2′; 6′.

Fresh from the blow against Maradona against Napoli who won the championship, Lazio fails to give itself an encore at the Allianz Stadium against Juventus. The Bianconeri, authors of a convincing performance and led by a super Vlahovic, won 3-1, achieving their third success in four matches. The brace from the Serbian center forward (fourth center in the championship) and Chiesa’s seal are decisive, while Luis Alberto’s outburst is not enough for the Biancocelesti. While waiting for the Milan derby, Allegri’s team climbs to first place with 10 points, while former Sarri’s men, forced into their third defeat, remain stationary at 3. Ten minutes pass after kick-off and the Bianconeri move ahead with a nice turn by Vlahovic, who screws in with his right foot following an assist from Locatelli, finding the corner where Provedel cannot reach. Strengthened by the advantage, the hosts continued to play the game, again frightening the guests with a shot by Kostic lifted for a corner by the goalkeeper.

The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, struggle to present themselves in the offensive zone and only in the 25th minute create their first real chance with Kamada, who attempts a left-handed counter-ball, calling Szczesny to intervene. In what seems to be the best moment of Sarri’s team, Juventus still finds the chance to double the lead: the signature is that of Chiesa, who guesses a left-footed outside neck following a touch from Rabiot, causing the Stadium to explode. At the start of the second half Allegri’s men also came close to scoring a hat trick with Rabiot, whose header was blocked from a few steps away by a reactive Provedel following an aerial pass from Gatti following a corner from Kostic. Lazio remained afloat and reopened in the 64th minute with a good goal from Luis Alberto, but it is a hope that lasts a few moments, because just three minutes later Vlahovic takes the stage again: the Serbian controls a throw from the back with his chest, tames the ball between two opponents and explodes with a right-footed shot from the edge in the corner. Double, hat-trick for Juventus and match practically over. In the final, Juve also comes close to scoring a poker with the new substitute Weah, who practically on the goal line puts it high after Milik’s beautiful save.