Juventus, despite -10 in the standings, had in Empoli a huge opportunity to stay alive in the fight for the Champions League. With a win, Allegri’s men would have moved within two points of fourth place occupied by Milan, turning the meeting with the Rossoneri next day at the Allianz Stadium into an extraordinary tiebreaker. At the Castellani, however, a psychodrama took place that left Juventus’ season almost doomed.
The defeat (4-1) was born in four horrible minutes for a Juve that had not started badly. After Vicario made two saves against Vlahovic and Kostic, Milik hit the crossbar in a corner and Gatti pushed the ball between the posts. His goal would have changed the history of the match, but the referee canceled it due to a foul on the goalkeeper and, three minutes later, He called a penalty in the other area, due to a foul by Milik himself on Cambiaghi.
In the 18′ Caputo materialized the maximum penalty and at minute 22′ it also made it 2-0, scored by defender Luperto after a shot from the same Italian striker parried by Szczesny.
La Vecchia Signora pushed to close the gap until the break, but they started the second half also conceding the third. Akpa Akpro took the ball from Alex Sandro, beat Bremer and crossed to Caputo, who did not miss the opportunity with an elegant vaseline. Juventus gave a sign of life with Chiesa, who scored 3-1 at minute 85, but it was not a day for happiness and Piccoli reminded him of it, who in 93 ‘completed the poker for the locals. The Bianconera entity, after the cup elimination with Sevilla, thus ended a week consistent with their season: totally forgettable.
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Tommaso Barbieri(Four. Five’)
Alessandro Pio Riccio
Frederick Chiesa (45′, Tommaso Barbieri), Leandro Paredes (45′, Fabio Miretti), moise kean (57′, Arkadiusz Milik), angel di maria (58′, Manuel Locatelli), Daniele Rugani (62′, Alex Sandro), Nicolas Haas (67′, Filippo Bandinelli), Marko Pjaca (78′, Nicolo Cambiaghi), Liam Henderson (78′, Jacopo Fazzini), Petar Stojanovic (87′, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro), Roberto Piccoli (87′, Francesco Caputo)
1-0, 17′: Francesco Caputo2-0, 20′: S. Luperto3-0, 47′: Francesco Caputo3-1, 84′: Frederick Chiesa4-1, 92′: Roberto Piccoli
Referee: Giovanni Ayroldi
VAR Referee: Daniele Doveri, Federico La Penna
Fabiano Parisi (53′,Yellow) rabiot (55′,Yellow) Filippo Bandinelli (65′,Yellow) Walls (75′,Yellow)