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Empoli 2-3 Juventus

Juventus hold on to beat Empoli 3-2. The visitors took the lead through Kean’s headed effort before Zurkowski poked in an equaliser after a scramble following a corner.

Vlahovic restored Juve’s lead with the last kick of the first half, coolly slotting in from close range, and he got his second in the 66th minute with a lovely chip over Vicario.

La Mantia came off the bench to pull one back after Juve struggled to clear another corner but they couldn’t find an equaliser.

Starting Lineup:

EMPOLI STARTING XI (4-3-2-1): Guglielmo Vicario;

Petar Stojanovic, Ardan Ismajli, Sebastiano Luperto, Liberato Cacace;

Szymon Zurkowski, Kristjan Asllani, Filippo Bandinelli;

Nedim Bajrami, Federico De Francesco; Andrea Pinamonti.


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Empoli 2-3 Juventus

JUVENTUS STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny;

Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Luca Pellegrini;

Denis Zakaria, Arthur; Juan Cuadrado, Adrien Rabiot, Moise Kean;

Dusan Vlahovic.

Empoli 2-3 Juventus


It’s a lovely cross into the box by Rabiot, and he clips it to Kean, who is unmarked at the far post. He rises high and nods his effort into the ground, and the bounce catches out Vicario before it hits the back of the net. 1-0 Juve.

The corner catches Juventus out again as Bajrami’s cross hits Luperto and drops to the ground. There’s a scramble, with none of the Juve defenders able to get a touch on it, and Zurkowski eventually pokes it through the crowd and into the bottom corner. 1-1.

Juventus brilliantly worked, with Arthur cutting out Bandinelli’s through ball to set Juve on the counter. He picks out Cuadrado, who dummies a shot before slipping it through to Vlahovic. He keeps his cool to dribble past Ismajli and slotting home from close range. 2-1 Juve.

Juventus break quickly after an Empoli corner, with Morata being fed in by Cuadrado. He bursts forward before picking out Vlahovic, who gets in behind Cacace before lifting a lovely chip over Vicario and into the back of the net. 3-1 Juve.

The free-kick is headed off the line and onto the bar by Bonucci, and Juventus are all over the place in the box. Luperto reacts quickest and manages to get it into La Mantia, who hits it the first time into the near bottom corner. 3-2.

So, where else do Empoli and Juventus go from here?

Juventus’ unbeaten run extends to nine games in all competitions, and they’ve ended their drawing streak.

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Empoli 2-3 Juventus

They stay in fourth, now seven points behind leaders Milan.

Next up for them is Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg. Empoli’s search for a win goes on, and they stay in 13th. The travel to Genoa next weekend.

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