Lazio 0-2 Juventus: Bonucci penalties secure win for Old Lady

A
Leonardo
Bonucci
penalty
in
each
half
proved
enough
for
Massimiliano
Allegri’s
side,
making
it
back-to-back
wins
in
the
league
after
they
beat
Fiorentina
1-0
before
the
international
break.

Lazio
were
without
star
striker
Ciro
Immobile
and
it
showed
as
the
Biancocelesti
struggled
to
create
much
in
the
way
of
chances.

Maurizio
Sarri
would
have
been
hoping
to
do
better
against
his
former
club,
with
his
team
now
having
won
just
twice
in
their
last
seven
games
in
all
competitions.

Danilo
was
forced
off
with
an
injury
for
the
visitors
after
15
minutes
following
a
strong
challenge
from
Elseid
Hysaj,
with
Dejan
Kulusevski
replacing
the
Brazilian.

Juventus
had
their
first
penalty
in
the
22nd
minute
after
Danilo
Cataldi
was
judged
to
have
fouled
Alvaro
Morata
in
the
box
following
a
VAR
review,
which
Bonucci
coolly
dispatched
past
Pepe
Reina.

Morata
should
have
made
it
two
just
before
half-time
when
Juan
Cuadrado
lifted
a
delicate
ball
into
the
box,
only
for
the
Spain
striker’s
scissor-kick
to
fly
over
the
bar.

Juve
had
their
second
penalty
with
ten
minutes
to
go
after
Federico
Chiesa
rounded
Reina,
only
to
be
hacked
down
by
the
goalkeeper
before
he
could
score,
and
Bonucci
made
no
mistake
to
seal
the
win.


What
does
it
mean?
Juve
back
on
track

Shortly
before
the
international
break
there
was
slight
talk
of
crisis
at
Juventus.
Back-to-back
defeats
against
Sassuolo
and
Verona
saw
the
Old
Lady
sitting
in
ninth
place,
16
points
off
the
top
of
the
table.

After
victory
here,
they
are
temporarily
at
least
up
to
sixth
and
have
cut
Napoli
and
Milan’s
lead
at
the
top
to
11
points,
albeit
with
both
still
yet
to
play
this
weekend.

They
will
hope
to
build
on
three
wins
in
a
row
in
all
competitions
when
they
travel
to
Chelsea
for
matchday
five
of
the
Champions
League
in
midweek,
where
a
win
will
confirm
them
as
winners
of
Group
H.


Better
week
for
Bonucci

Bonucci
and
the
rest
of
his
Italian
team-mates
had
an
international
break
to
forget,
with
draws
against
Switzerland
and
Northern
Ireland
meaning
that
the
Azzurri
must
now
go
through
the
play-offs
if
they
are
to
qualify
for
the
2022
World
Cup.

However,
Bonucci’s
penalties
against
Lazio
not
only
won
the
game,
but
also
mean
he
has
scored
more
Serie
A
goals
than
any
other
defender
since
the
beginning
of
the
last
decade
(27).


Lazio
lack
mobility
without
Immobile

Immobile
is
one
of
only
four
players
already
with
at
least
10
goals
in
the
big
five
European
leagues
this
season,
along
with
Robert
Lewandowski,
Karim
Benzema
and
Mohamed
Salah.

Lazio
unsurprisingly
missed
their
talisman
here,
with
only
one
of
their
eight
shots
at
goal
hitting
the
target.


What’s
next?

Lazio
face
Lokomotiv
Moscow
in
Russia
in
the
Europa
League
on
Thursday,
while
Juventus
travel
to
Chelsea
in
the
Champions
League
on
Tuesday.

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