A great goal from Spanish Álvaro Morata was not enough this Sunday for Juventus to beat Fiorentina, who stopped the Turin team with a 1-1 that complicates their fight for a place in the UEFA Champions League.
A penalty transformed to the ‘Panenka’ by the Serbian Dusan Vlahovic half an hour into the game put Fiorentina and Juventus ahead, despite equalizing through Morata as soon as the second half started, he could not leave the Franchi stadium with the three points.
Andrea Pirlo’s men momentarily caught up with Milan, second in the standings, but they can be overtaken by Atalanta, fourth, who will play Bologna, and Napoli, fifth, who will face Torino.
Fiorentina, who had beaten Juventus 3-0 in the first round, played a very high level first half, in which he was also able to score through the Chilean Erick Pulgar, whose shot from 25 meters hit a post after a deflection by Leonardo Bonucci.
Pirlo, who lined up the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentine Paulo Dybala, the Colombian Juan Cuadrado and the Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentancur as starters, switched to the “Joya” after the break and gave way to Morata, who rewarded him within seconds of jumping to the field with a great goal by a squad.
However, the Madrid forward’s ninth league goal was not enough for Juve to achieve the three points, on a bad day for Cristiano, who chained his third game in a row without scoring.
Juventus needs to increase the pace in the last five days if it wants to shield its ticket for the next Champions League, the minimum objective for Pirlo to continue training the team in the following campaign, according to the Juventine football director, Fabio Paratici, before the match.