Juventus 0-1 Benevento: Serie A champions dealt huge blow in bid for 10th straight title as Adolfo Gaich strike seals shock win for visitors
- Serie A champions Juventus suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Benevento
- A second half Adolfo Gaich’s goal was enough to sink Juve despite dominating
- Juventus are now third in Serie A, 10 points behind league leaders Inter Milan
Benevento dented Juventus’ Serie A title hopes on Sunday as Adolfo Gaich’s second-half strike sealed a shock 1-0 victory in Turin and ended the relegation battlers’ 11-match winless run.
The Argentine pounced on a careless pass from Juve midfielder Arthur Melo to fire in the decisive goal after 69 minutes, and the toothless hosts failed to find a way past goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo.
The defeat left champions Juve in third place, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 games remaining.
Juventus suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home against relegation battlers Benevento on Sunday
Argentine centre-forward Adolfo Gaich (centre) scored the game’s only goal to secure victory
Benevento’s survival hopes were boosted as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone in 16th position.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juve were unbeaten in their last five league games but he couldn’t overcome his former AC Milan team mate Filippo Inzaghi in the opposing dugout, despite the hosts mustering nine shots on target to Benevento’s one.
When asked about Juve’s title hopes after the game, Pirlo said: ‘We must continue believing, continue our path so that we are up there.
The visitors had just one shot on target for the whole game but it was the one that mattered
Juve striker Federico Chiesa (right) won a penalty in the first half that was overturned by VAR
‘As I said yesterday, the objective does not change, but we do need a completely different attitude to this. We wear an important jersey and must honour it every time.’
Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport Italia: ‘It was an unexpected game. I am here just to underline that over the years we gave the fans so much joy, unfortunately today we give them disappointment.
‘It was a bad performance, but the campaign continues, we have to get our heads down, keep working, understand our mistakes and try not to repeat them.
Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) had a volleyed goal disallowed in the first half for offside
‘If you play at Juventus, you are accustomed to dealing with pressure. Unfortunately, we played a bad game. Sometimes you can’t even understand why these things happen.
‘We had a bad day, that’s beyond doubt, and we have to get our heads down and keep working.’
Asked about a controversial VAR decision in the first half that overturned a Juve penalty awarded to Federico Chiesa, Paratici said: ‘I am not here to discuss that. Incidents can affect your evaluation of a game.
‘I didn’t see it again, it seemed a foul, but that’s not why I am here.’
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