Serie A: Fiorentina provide Juventus season’s first defeat, Juventus go down to 0-3
Juventus had the disadvantage of playing with 10 players after former Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado was sent off within the 18th minute.
Juventus got its first league defeat of the season by 0-3 in Serie A on Tuesday.
Dušan Vlahović got Fiorentina off to the right start when he scored within the third minute. Alex Sandro’s goal and a late effort from former Juventus defender Martín Cáceres sealed the match for Fiorentina as Cesare Prandelli got the first win for Fiorentina as a coach.
Juventus had a major numerical disadvantage after former Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado was sent off within the 18th minute.
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said.
“We came on with the incorrect attitude and once you go onto the sector like this, you get into these bad situations, then we were right down to 10 men, and at that time it became difficult to recover. Occasionally it happens that you simply aren’t 100%, but within the last half we came out with the proper mentality. It could have gone better. Now we’ve to start again with desire, brooding about the mistakes we made and carrying our project forward.”
Juventus had started the day in third place, four points behind Serie A pacesetter AC Milan. After Napoli’s appeal against a default loss to the Bianconeri was upheld. Juventus started at 7 points behind the lead from AC Milan.
After the loss to Fiorentina, it had been still seven points behind Milan but having played an equivalent number of matches.
Milan is now the sole remaining unbeaten team in Serie A.
Juventus heard the results of the appeal a couple of hours before kickoff in Turin. Its day swiftly went from bad to worse when Vlahović ran onto Franck Ribéry’s through ball and chipped it over the onrushing Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
Juve’s hopes of getting something from the match diminished just a quarter of an hour later when Cuadrado challenged Gaetano Castroville. The referee initially only booked Cuadrado, on the other hand, showed him a straight red after watching the incident again on video review.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a headed goal disallowed for offside at the beginning of the last half.
Both sides had chances to attain before Cristiano Biraghi’s cross bounced in off the unfortunate Sandro within the 76th.
Biraghi also found out Fiorentina’s third, rolling across for Cáceres to tap into the rear of the net.