How the Juventus win: a lesson in patience, discipline and strategy
Posted On July 23, 2021
By Simon HradeckyThe Bianconeri have won their first two Serie A games since the summer with a 1-0 win over Roma on Sunday, a result that came in a game in which the Biancones’ first two goals came from the penalty spot.
Juventus had only won two of their last six games, the first two of which came against Lazio in the Champions League and the last one against Udinese in the Coppa Italia final.
Juve had already lost seven of its last eight Serie A matches, including four of its first five, but the Biancocelesti took advantage of the poor form of both Lazio and Udinese to hold on for a comfortable 1-1 draw.
Juves were looking for a first win of the season and a second consecutive victory for the Biancos since a 3-2 defeat at Bologna on August 28.
The Biancons had the better of the first half, with Giorgio Chiellini putting the home side ahead with a neat move and an effort from the edge of the box.
However, the Nerazzurri had the breakthrough after a couple of minutes when a brilliant cross by Diego Forlan found Arshavin who headed home for his fourth goal in the past five matches.
Juvenian forward Gianluigi Buffon equalised for his side after an impressive run, slotting in the far corner of the net from close range after an excellent pass from Alessandro Del Piero.
The second half saw Udinese dominate the match and play the best football of the night.
Juve’s only other effort came from a free-kick after the break, but it was only one of six strikes they took, including the corner.
The game was also far from over in the second half as Juve threatened to add to their lead after a goal-mouth scramble.
The visitors did well to deny Del Pieros in the box and, after a good cross from Giorgino Chielli, Buffon curled the ball home from the spot after a poor clearance from Marco Verratti.
However the visitors took the lead in the 69th minute.
Buffon, who had been fouled by Lazio’s Giuseppe Gabbiadini, calmly slotted a superb through ball into the top corner.
Udinese, who finished the match in second place, had no answer for the former Juventus man and took the game to the Giallorossi in the 89th minute when they took advantage.
The first half was a complete mess for the Nerazimos, who looked more or less disinterested in attacking the Juventus box until a brilliant turn and finish by Arshavi allowed Udinese’s keeper, Antonio Caruso, to tip over a low shot by Zdenek Zeman.
With just under seven minutes left, Buffo sent in a pass to Gabbii for a goal he’d created in the 26th minute, but his shot was blocked.
Udine were also unable to create any chances for their striker, who failed to put the ball into a dangerous area.
After the restart, Udinese had the opportunity to add more goals but Buffon fired over in injury time from the far post after a brilliant run.