Alvaro Morata scores first Juventus goal since his return but ten-man Champions are held by newly-promoted Crotone as striker sees late winner denied by VAR
- Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo gave Crotone an unlikely lead from the spot
- Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since his return to Juve to level things up
- Federico Chiesa was sent off on his Juve debut with half an hour to play
- Morata thought he scored the winner for the away side but VAR ruled out strike
Juventus winger Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut and the Serie A champions also had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside by the tiniest of margins as they were held to a 1-1 draw at promoted Crotone on Saturday.
Chiesa, signed from Fiorentina during the recent transfer window, was given a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Luca Cigarini on the hour before Morata’s goal was chalked off after a three-minute delay because his heel was offside.
Juventus were missing Cristiano Ronaldo after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday while Gianluigi Buffon, their second choice keeper, became the first player to make 650 Serie A appearances.
Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since returning to Juventus as they drew 1-1 with Crotone
Juve, chasing a 10th straight title, have eight points from four games while Crotone picked up their first point.
Crotone started well and Simy put them ahead after 12 minutes, the Nigerian sending 42-year-old Buffon the wrong way from the penalty spot after a foul by Leonardo Bonucci on Arkadiusz Reca.
Chiesa provided an assist for Juve’s equaliser nine minutes later as he ran on to Dejan Kulusevski’s through ball and laid it off for Morata to score from close range.
Pedro Pereira tested Buffon again just before the break while Manolo Portanova was denied by Alex Cordaz at the other end.
Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo gave the newly-promoted side an unlikely lead from the spot
A reduced number of spectators were allowed into the Ezio Scida Stadium for the clash
Juve’s evening began to unravel with Chiesa’s dismissal. The 22-year-old lifted his studs dangerously as Cigarini came into tackle him and was immediately sent off amid Juve protests.
Morata then saw his header hit the inside of the post before having what he thought was the winner chalked off.
Juan Cuadrado weaved his way past two defenders and his weak shot was deflected in by Morata but VAR officials disallowed it to the delight of the 1,000 fans allowed into the ground.
Seven minutes of stoppage time were added but, by then, Crotone seemed happy with the draw.
Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut for the Serie A Champions with half an hour to play
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