Spezia 2-3 Juventus: Matthijs de Ligt scores winner as Juventus come back to earn first Serie A win

Spezia 2-3 Juventus: Matthijs de Ligt scores winner as Juventus come back to earn first Serie A win

Last updated on 22 September 202122 September 2021.From the section European Football

Juventus had drawn two and lost two of their opening four Serie A matchesJuventus produced a second-half fightback to earn their first Serie A victory of the season against Spezia.

Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt scored the winner from a corner six minutes after Federico Chiesa’s equaliser.

Spezia had produced their own comeback from a goal down through Emmanuel Gyasi and Janis Antiste, after Moise Kean’s low strike into the bottom corner gave Juventus a 28th-minute lead.

Victory moves Massimiliano Allegri’s side up to 12th in the table.

Manager Allegri billed the match as a “relegation six-pointer” after two points from four matches had left Juventus in the bottom three.

Having failed to win any of their first four games for only the fourth time in the club’s history, Kean’s first Juventus goal since rejoining from Everton in August temporarily relieved some of the pressure on the visitors.

But Gyasi levelled with a looping strike five minutes later and, after a couple of good saves by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet from Paolo Dybala at the end of the first half, Antiste’s deflected shot threatened to extend Juve’s miserable start.

Chiesa, rewarded for his persistence as the ball broke kindly for his goal, led the Juventus fightback and De Ligt stabbed home with 18 minutes remaining before a nervous-looking Juventus held on for a valuable first three points of the campaign.

Line-upsSpeziaFormation 4-2-3-1

1Zoet

27Amian15Hristov43Nikolaou20Bastoni

21Ferrer6Bourabia

10Verde25Maggiore11Gyasi

22Antiste

1Zoet27Amian15Hristov43NikolaouBooked at 85mins20Bastoni21Ferrer6BourabiaSubstituted forSalaat 77’minutes10VerdeSubstituted forManajat 77’minutes25MaggioreSubstituted forSalcedo Moraat 85’minutes11Gyasi22AntisteSubstituted forNzolaat 77’minutesBooked at 90minsSubstitutes7Sala9Manaj14Kiwior17Podgoreanu18Nzola29Salcedo Mora40Zovko44Strelec77Bertola94ProvedelJuventusFormation 4-4-2

1Szczesny

6Danilo19Bonucci4de Ligt2De Sciglio

22Chiesa14McKennie30Bentancur25Rabiot

10Dybala18Kean

1Szczesny6Danilo19Bonucci4de Ligt2De SciglioSubstituted forLobo Silvaat 45’minutes22ChiesaSubstituted forKulusevskiat 84’minutes14McKennie30BentancurSubstituted forLocatelliat 45’minutes25RabiotSubstituted forBernardeschiat 67’minutes10Dybala18KeanSubstituted forMorataat 59’minutesBooked at 90minsSubstitutes8Ramsey9Morata11Ju Cuadrado12Lobo Silva17Pellegrini20Bernardeschi23Pinsoglio24Rugani27Locatelli36Perin44KulusevskiReferee:Gianluca Aureliano

Attendance:5,700

Live TextMatch ends, Spezia 2, Juventus 3.

Second Half ends, Spezia 2, Juventus 3.

Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kelvin Amian (Spezia).

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Jacopo Sala.

M’Bala Nzola (Spezia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by M’Bala Nzola (Spezia).

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Manuel Locatelli.

Álvaro Morata (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

Dimitrios Nikolaou (Spezia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Amian (Spezia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simone Bastoni with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Spezia. Conceded by Federico Bernardeschi.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simone Bastoni with a cross.

Corner, Spezia. Conceded by Alex Sandro.

Substitution, Spezia. Eddie Salcedo replaces Giulio Maggiore.

Dimitrios Nikolaou (Spezia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dimitrios Nikolaou (Spezia).

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