Andrea Cambiaso stole the victory for Juventus with an incredible last-minute goal, propelling them to the top of Serie A in a hard-fought 1-0 win against Hellas Verona. The game was marked by intense VAR controversies, as Moise Kean had two goals disallowed in Verona’s battle against relegation.
Verona has never been able to secure a victory away at Juventus in the history of Serie A, a record that now stands at 33 matches. Juventus initially thought they had taken the lead in the 13th minute when Kean, who had been goalless for 10 league games, skillfully maneuvered past a defender and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards out. However, the VAR review ruled him marginally offside by going back to when he first received the ball.
Moments later, Kean was denied once again when his header from Manuel Locatelli’s corner was saved by Verona’s goalkeeper, Lorenzo Montipo. The frustrated Italy striker, still reeling from the disallowed goal, managed to elude a couple of challenges on the edge of the box but failed to hit the target with his shot, as he was forced wide.
Verona managed to weather the storm and even created a couple of half-chances of their own. Michael Folorunsho and Milan Djuric both missed the target, while Wojciech Szczesny made a crucial save from Federico Bonazzoli just before halftime.
Kean squandered another clear opportunity early in the second half, heading the ball wide. His frustration escalated when he skillfully nodded a beautiful header into the net after an impressive Juventus attack, only to have it disallowed once again due to a foul committed by the forward during the build-up. As a result, Kean received a yellow card for throwing the ball away in frustration.
After 11 matches without finding the back of the net, Kean was substituted by Federico Chiesa in the 60th minute. The replacement immediately made an impact, forcing an acrobatic save from Montipo with his powerful shot. Chiesa was left disappointed moments later, as his first-time strike from 10 yards was cleared off the line by Davide Faraoni.
Both Federico Gatti and teenage substitute Kenan Yildiz failed to hit the target with their attempts, with Gatti’s fierce drive missing wide and Yildiz lifting a glorious chance over the bar. However, Juventus’ moment of triumph finally arrived in the dying seconds of six minutes of added time. Arkadiusz Milik’s header struck the inside of the far post, and Cambiaso pounced on the rebound to secure the win for his team.
In summary, Juventus fought tooth and nail to secure a crucial victory against a determined Verona side. The game was filled with VAR controversies, as Kean had two goals disallowed, but Cambiaso’s late heroics propelled Juventus to the top of Serie A standings.