Alvaro Morata continued his sturdy begin to the season by netting the opener, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient as Gianluca Letizia’s equalizer within the dying seconds of the primary half helped Benevento declare a 1-1 draw with Juventus on Saturday night time.
The Bianconeri got here into the match having already booked their place within the knockout phases of the Champions League due to a midweek victory over Ferencvaros, however issues didn’t come collectively towards the Stregoni.
With Cristiano Ronaldo unavailable after being left in Turin, it was Morata who took management of proceedings by netting a effective strike within the twenty first minute to seemingly put Juve on their means.
Nevertheless Filippo Inzaghi’s males had different plans and levelled the rating by means of Letizia with the final kick of the opening body. Regardless of having a complete half to discover a winner, Andrea Pirlo’s facet have been unable to take action and needed to accept the lone level.
The away facet opened the scoring within the twenty first minute after an important passing play setup by Federico Chiesa. The Italian picked out Morata on the left with a pinpoint cross-field cross, and after dribbling previous Artur Ionita, he picked out the far backside nook with an angled drive.
It ought to have been 2-0 when Morata chested an Aaron Ramsey cross onto the trail of Paulo Dybala, nonetheless the Argentine despatched his strike simply extensive of the mark.
Gianluca Lapadula and Dybala noticed penalty appeals waved away by referee Fabrizio Pasqua, whereas Benevento ended the half on the entrance foot as Wojciech Szczesny was pressured right into a spectacular diving save on Pasquale Schiattarella from shut vary.
The house facet have been rewarded for his or her efforts and levelled the rating from the ensuing nook. Arthur couldn’t clear the hazard away, opening the door for Letizia to hit an correct volley into the far backside nook on the stroke of half-time.
Benevento continued to push ahead after the break and Riccardo Improta flashed an angled drive simply extensive of the far submit, whereas Chiesa picked out Morata in shut just for the Spaniard to nod extensive from two yards out.
Morata continued to be Juve’s finest participant, sending a thumping effort from distance simply off the mark, whereas Ramsey and Arthur have been introduced off and changed by Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
The substitutions didn’t change a lot for the Bianconeri nonetheless as their ventures ahead have been typically disjointed and stunted as they appeared to leapfrog the midfield most of the time.
One in every of their finest probabilities got here from a counter as Federico Bernardeschi pulled again and located Dybala reducing into the penalty space. The Argentine wasn’t capable of get a lot energy behind the trouble although, permitting Montipo to get his fingertips to it.
The ultimate minutes performed out in sloppy trend with Benevento doing all that they may to recover from the end line, with Morata selecting up a straight pink card after the ultimate whistle for saying an excessive amount of to the referee.