Serie A | Lazio 0-2 Juventus: Bonucci puts Sarri on the spot

Lazio saw their 19-match unbeaten home record ended by a pair of Leonardo Bonucci penalties, as Juventus took revenge on Max Allegri at the Stadio Olimpico.

It was a special game for Sarri against the side that sacked him 18 months ago, despite winning the Scudetto, but Ciro Immobile was injured with Adam Marusic testing positive for COVID-19. Juve missed Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio, Aaron Ramsey and Federico Bernardeschi, while Alex Sandro was rested after returning from Brazil, making way for Luca Pellegrini.

Lazio had a very aggressive start and things got worse for Juve when Danilo was stretchered off after a knock to the inside of the thigh from Elseid Hysaj.

That seemed to shake up the game and Juventus received a penalty after the VAR on-field review, as Danilo Cataldi went into a risky sliding tackle and Alvaro Morata just moved the ball a moment earlier. Leonardo Bonucci converted calmly to put the visitors in front.

Juan Cuadrado floated in a cross for Alvaro Morata’s acrobatic volley over the bar from 10 yards, while Luiz Felipe charged down Dejan Kulusevski’s attempt after an Adrien Rabiot fresh-air volley.

Pepe Reina used his boot to parry a Kulusevski solo effort at the near post, then did just enough to put off Bonucci on the resulting corner.

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Francesco Acerbi made a decisive block on Moise Kean, while Vedat Muriqi couldn’t get his head to a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic knockdown.

However, Reina was entirely at fault for the second goal, as he first was way off his line, then brought down Federico Chiesa from behind while desperately trying to make up for the error. It was an inevitable penalty and Bonucci converted again.

Kean nearly added a third on the counter from his own half, denied by a Reina save, but Juventus still catch Lazio in fifth place.

Lazio 0-2 Juventus

Bonucci pens 23, 83 (J)