Last Updated on 03/09/2022 by

Juventus put on yet another frustrating display as they conceded a lead to Fiorentina before holding on for a 1-1 draw.

Juve took the lead early on thanks to a goal from Arkadiusz Milik, but Christian Kouame quickly leveled the score and made it an attack versus defense exercise, which was very difficult for Juventus to take.

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One of the uglier goals you’re likely to see this season was forced into play by summer signing Milik after just nine minutes as the visitors came out with some respectable energy. Filip Kostic was assisted by Juan Cuadrado’s cross, and Milik’s tummy helped push Kostic’s volley over the goal line.

Fiorentina were active and looking for a reaction. Before Antonin Barak and Youssef Maleh’s attempts were scrambled away by some last-ditch Juve blocks, Kouame sent a soft header straight at Mattia Perin. Fiorentina’s equalizer actually came from a Juve corner just before the half-hour mark, despite all their effort and possession.

Riccardo Sottil beat Angel Di Maria to the ball after Pietro Terracciano punched the ball clear. Between Kouame and Cuadrado, it came down to a foot race, and the Fiorentina man displayed his agility to get there first and fired beyond Perin for an equaliser.

Juventus’ response wasn’t the best. The fans were only made angrier when VAR caught a handball from new player Leandro Paredes in the box. The sideways passing that has tarnished the Max Allegri era continued full steam ahead.

With what was almost the final kick of the first 45, Luka Jovic stepped up, but Perin’s deft touch caused his attempt to rebound off the post. Allegri’s decision to substitute Mattia De Sciglio for Di Maria at halftime served as the perfect premonition of what was to come if anyone had any doubts about Juve’s intention to pursue a victory in the second period.

The start, as well as the middle, of the second half was underwhelming due to a string of clumsy fouls and terribly executed corners. Fiorentina appeared to have the best chance of scoring, but neither team had a strong forward presence.

the thrilling Although Jonathan Ikone appeared active and gave Juventus a lot of trouble, his goal-scoring on numerous occasions fell far short of expectations. Juve’s constant sideways passing, which was frequently inaccurate and gave Fiorentina the chance to retake Perin’s goal, contributed to the home team’s increasing possession.

Most of the time, it was an ugly show, but toward the end, there was some genuine beauty. Late in the game, Sofyan Amrabat’s powerful strike drew a superb save from Perin, who was filling in for the injured goalkeeper. This could have been a serious embarrassment for Juventus, if it wasn’t already, had Fiorentina been more clinical or Perin not been on his game.

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