Serie A: Alvaro Morata scores twice in Juventus’ comeback win over Lazio to shut hole at prime

Serie A: Alvaro Morata scores twice in Juventus’ comeback win over Lazio to shut hole at prime

Champions Juventus fell behind to an early Joaquin Correa purpose following a Dejan Kulusevski passing error midfield.

Serie A: Alvaro Morata scores twice in Juventus' comeback win over Lazio to close gap at top

Juventus’ Alvaro Morata, left, celebrates scoring a purpose. (Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse by way of AP)

Milan, Italy: Alvaro Morata scored twice and arrange one other as Juventus warmed up for subsequent week’s Champions League sport in opposition to 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 sport in opposition to 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.

However Morata arrange Adrien Rabiot to drag the hosts degree 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.

“At this time we began the sport 20 minutes late nevertheless it was regular as a result of many had been out of place and plenty of returned (from damage),” mentioned Pirlo.

“However there was an amazing response, we did not get down and regardless of the various absences we performed a wonderful match.

“For us it was a remaining, an vital match for the standings and we’re blissful.”

Paulo Dybala stays out injured together with defender Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Matthijs de Ligt, whereas Rodrigo Bentancur optimistic for coronavirus .

However 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 Motionless 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 Szczęsny within the Juventus purpose.

Szczesny denied Luis Alberto a second eight minutes later.

Rabiot pulled a purpose again six minutes earlier than the break, choosing up a Morata via ball to fireplace in a robust left footed angled drive over Pepe Reina.

Motionless attracts a clean

Either side 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 method 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 prime striker Motionless threatened however was unable so as to add to his 14 targets this marketing campaign, drawing a clean for a fourth straight sport because the Romans fell to their third defeat in 4 matches.

“It is 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 sport alone, freely giving an avoidable penalty. We made some errors and at Juventus, with some errors you do not win.”

Sassuolo’s Europa League hopes additional dwindled with a 2-0 loss at midtable rivals Udinese stretching their winless run to a few 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 damage time.

Sassuolo, in ninth, have received 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 dwelling in opposition to Benevento, in a match between promoted sides vying to remain within the prime flight subsequent season.

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