Juventus, still without the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, in quarantine for coronavirus, crashed this Sunday against the defensive wall of Hellas Verona and did not go beyond 1-1, which is its second consecutive trip in the Italian Serie A, with three remaining days for the crossing with Barcelona in the Champions League.
Without Cristiano, coach Andrea Pirlo opted for Argentine Paulo Dybala as the starter, something that had not happened since July 7, and his team created a great volume of play and chances in the final half hour, but crashed twice against the wood and a great defensive performance from Verona.
Dybala played 95 minutes of high technical and athletic level and accompanied the Spaniard Álvaro Morata in the lead, who was correctly annulled the goal of the possible advantage on the brink of halftime by a millimeter offside.
The Madrid striker, the protagonist last Wednesday with a double in the win against Dinamo Kiev, had beaten the goalkeeper with an excellent Vaseline, shortly after Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado shook the crossbar.
Verona grew a lot, which was superior at the beginning of the resumption and which was ahead of the game thanks to Andrea Favilli and who put a Juventus in serious trouble that also lost Leonardo Bonucci due to a muscle injury.
Pirlo then gave way to Swedish talent Dejan Kulusevski, who signed the equalizer in 78 with an excellent personal move culminating with a left-footed shot at the far post.
Juventus gave it their all in the final minutes, in which Dybala hit the crossbar again with a left foot deflected by the defense, but could not avoid his second stop in a row in Serie A.
It is the third draw in five league games for Juventus, after 2-2 against Roma and 1-1 with Crotone. The only victory in the field came on the first day against Sampdoria (3-0), while they won 3-0 administratively at Naples, because their rival did not travel to Turin by order of the Neapolitan Local Health Finance because of the coronavirus .
Pirlo’s team has nine points and is three behind the leader Milan, who plays this Monday against Roma.