Serie A: Nwankwo On Target As Struggling Crotone Draw Vs Juventus

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

Simeone Nwankwo scored for struggling Crotone who held Serie A champions Juventus to a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday, reports.

Alvaro Morata's first goal since rejoining the club on loan from Atletico Madrid cancelled out Simy's early penalty for the hosts, but their hopes of going on to claim all three points were dealt a blow with 30 minutes remaining when Chiesa, who joined on loan from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, received a straight red card.

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Juventus, missing Cristiano Ronaldo after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, thought they had scored a victor when Morata turned the ball in from close range in the 77th minute, but a long VAR review showed his heel was offside.

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was left to fret over two more dropped points and the "carelessness" of his team.

Adrien Rabiot was dismissed in the 2-2 draw with Roma on September 27, Juve's last competitive game after they were handed a 3-0 win for Napoli's no-show last time out, and Pirlo accepts his fledgling side's over-enthusiasm might come back to haunt them on occasion.

"We built a team with quality, but it is still a work in progress and needs time".

Bereft of the talismanic Ronaldo, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 while on global duty with Portugal, Juve looked far from their best at Stadio Ezio Scida.

"We made a few mistakes in the timing of the press, but as I said, these things happen when we're still getting the machine oiled".

Juventus, chasing a 10th straight title, have eight points from four games and have dropped four behind leaders AC Milan. "We have to pick up points".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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