The race for the Champions League was in full swing in Serie A this Sunday: Juventus, third, Naples, fifth and Lazio Rome, sixth, played at the same time against Genoa, Sampdoria and Hellas Vérône. The three teams won but Lazio had to wait until the very end of the match to snatch victory.
After their victory against Naples last Wednesday (2-1), Juventus Turin continued by beating Genoa (3-1). Andrea Pirlo’s men quickly took the lead in this match. In the right lane, Juan Cuadrado eliminated his vis-à-vis to enter the penalty area and set back Dejan Kulusevski. The Swede opened his left foot to score with a flat foot at the far post (4th).
A few minutes later, Federico Chiesa intercepted a ball in the midfield and came to challenge Mattia Perin who pushed back on Cristiano Ronaldo who hit him with the post. Alvaro Morata followed and finally converted this Turin triple chance (22nd). To conclude the first half, Wojciech Szczeny also distinguished himself. The goalkeeper won his duel against Gianlucca Scamacca who had perfectly eliminated the central defense of the Old Lady (45th).
Back from the locker room, the center-forward of Genoa took his revenge with a powerful header after the fall of a corner (49th). This goal gave new impetus to the Genoese who came to worry Wojciech Szczeny several times. The goalkeeper perfectly released a shot from Marko Pjaca (55th) who then missed the frame in an even more advantageous position (56th).
But after a difficult period, Weston McKennie has definitely taken Juventus to safety. Served behind the defense by Danilo, the American, who had just come into play, won his duel against Mattia Perin (70th). With this success, Juventus keeps three points ahead of Napoli and takes four over Atalanta who will play this Sunday evening against Fiorentina.
For its part, Naples redeemed itself after its defeat to Juventus in the week and remains in the race for qualification for the Champions League. The Neapolitans pushed and multiplied the shots to beat Sampdoria (2-0). It was Fabian Ruiz who finally materialized with a strike from the right at the entrance to the surface after a good combination in the axis (35th). At the end of the match, Victor Osimhen sheltered his team (87th). With this victory, Naples temporarily doubles Atalanta.
Long held in check, Lazio Rome snatched victory at the very end of the match against Hellas Verona (1-0). A powerful ride through Felipe Caicedo’s axis early in the second half seemed to unlock this game, but the referee ultimately turned it down after consulting the video support.
The Lazio striker had helped a little too much with his hands and slapped an opponent who came back behind his back (47th). Finally, it was with the head that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic saved his team in added time (90th 1). With one more game played and four points behind Napoli, Lazio remain alive in the Champions League race thanks to this decisive goal.