Juventus Turin Misses Opportunity to Take Italian Championship Lead: Genoa Holds Them to 1-1 Draw

2023-12-15 22:33:11

The Old Lady, held in check by Genoa (1-1), missed the opportunity to take the lead in the Italian Championship.

Juventus Turin missed the opportunity to take the lead in the Italian Championship after their draw at Genoa (1-1) at the opening of the 16th day on Friday. Juve, however, opened the scoring from the penalty spot (28th) thanks to Federico Chiesa who had been unbalanced in the penalty area by the Genoa goalkeeper following a weak back pass from Milan Badelj. But the Piedmontese, deprived of Adrien Rabiot, injured in the ribs, let their opponents return at the start of the second half.

Served by Caleb Ekuban who entered at the break, Albert Gudmundsson brought the two teams back to back (48th). Massimiliano Allegri’s team sorely lacked inspiration and edge in the second half and could even have lost to another opportunity from Gudmundsson at the end of the match. “It’s an important draw and a point for us against a great team, but we could have finished this match with three points», Regretted the Icelandic striker who had not scored for a month.

“Never easy to come and play in this stadium”

«This is the kind of result that gives confidence», insisted his trainer Alberto Gilardino. Allegri unsurprisingly drew a less positive assessment of the evening: “It’s never easy to come and play in this stadium, but we lacked efficiency in front of the opposing goal, calm too and technical precision“, he observed.

«We have to think about the next game and continue our journey forward», He noted, refusing to blame his team’s performance after the break on Rabiot’s absence. Juve had won their two previous matches scheduled for a Friday on the 14th and 15th days to take the lead and put Inter under pressure.

It remains 2nd (37 pts), one point behind the Milan leader who travels to Rome on Sunday to face Lazio and can increase its lead to four points in the event of success at the Olympic Stadium. Genoa is 14th with 16 points.

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