Alvaro Morata`s brace helps Juventus fight back vs Lazio


Alvaro Morata scored twice and arrange one other as Juventus warmed up for subsequent week`s Champions League recreation towards Porto with a 3-1 comeback win over Lazio on Saturday to shut the hole on the Milan groups in Serie A. Cristiano Ronaldo began on the bench earlier than subsequent week`s key final 16, second leg recreation towards the Portuguese in Turin with Juventus trailing 2-1. Champions Juventus fell behind to an early Joaquin Correa purpose following a Dejan Kulusevski passing error midfield. But Morata arrange Adrien Rabiot to tug the hosts stage earlier than the break with the Spaniard scoring twice in a three-minute spell earlier than the hour mark. Andrea Pirlo`s facet are third, seven factors behind leaders Inter who host Atalanta on Monday, and one level adrift of AC Milan who play Hellas Verona on Sunday. “Today we started the game 20 minutes late but it was normal because many were out of position and many returned (from injury),” mentioned Pirlo. 
“But there was a great reaction, we didn`t get down and despite the many absences we played an excellent match. “For us it was a closing, an essential match for the standings and we`re joyful.” Paulo Dybala stays out injured together with defender Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Matthijs de Ligt, whereas Rodrigo Bentancur optimistic for coronavirus. But Juan Cuadrado began after lacking three league video games with Arthur and Leonardo Bonucci additionally returning off the bench within the second half. Morata began up entrance alongside Kulusevski, with Ciro Immobile main the Lazio assault alongside Correa. And the Argentine pounced after quarter of an hour after Kulusevski gave the ball away, shaking off Merih Demiral to beat Wojciech Szczesny within the Juventus purpose. Szczesny denied Luis Alberto a second eight minutes later. Rabiot pulled a purpose back six minutes earlier than the break, choosing up a Morata by way of ball to fireside in a robust left footed angled drive over Pepe Reina.
Immobile attracts a clean
Both sides had probabilities after the break with Reina denying Federico Chiesa, Szczesny clearing from Correa and a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic header rattling the bar. Chiesa arrange Morata for the second after 57 minutes with the Spaniard finishing a brace from the penalty spot three minutes later after Milinkovic-Savic introduced down Aaron Ramsey within the field. Morata made manner for Ronaldo for the final 20 minutes with Arthur and Weston McKennie additionally coming off the bench instead of Ramsey and Cuadrado with Bonucci approaching for the ultimate eight minutes. Lazio`s high striker Immobile threatened however was unable so as to add to his 14 objectives this marketing campaign, drawing a clean for a fourth straight recreation because the Romans fell to their third defeat in 4 matches. 
“It`s a defeat that hurts,” mentioned Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi whose facet`s hopes of Champions League soccer subsequent season took a knock as they sit seventh, six factors adrift of Atalanta in fourth place. “We compromised the game alone, giving away an avoidable penalty. We made some mistakes and at Juventus, with some mistakes you don`t win.” Sassuolo`s Europa League hopes additional dwindled with a 2-0 loss at midtable rivals Udinese stretching their winless run to 3 video games. Spanish ahead Fernando Llorente scored his first purpose for Udinese simply earlier than the break with Argentine Roberto Pereyra firing in a second deep into harm time. Sassuolo, in ninth, have gained simply two of 11 league video games performed since after Christmas. Udinese are 4 factors behind in tenth place. Spezia snatched a 1-1 draw at residence towards Benevento, in a match between promoted sides vying to remain within the high flight subsequent season.
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