Juventus halted in SPAL in Scudetto title claim

Juventus were denied their bid to seal the Serie A title after SPAL came back to claim a 2-1 win at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on April 13, 2019, in Ferrara, Italy.

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Juventus hold a 20 point lead in the Serie A over their nearest rivals Napoli and needed just a win to seal their eighth straight Scudetto.

Teenage sensation Moise Kean had given the Old Lady a first-half lead for his sixth goal in as many games for Juve.

However, the home side fought back after the break as goals from Kevin Bonifazi header from a corner and Sergio Floccari secured their first win against the Italian champions in 62 years.

Allegri changed the starting eleven after their 1-1 draw in the champions league clash against Ajax with Andrea Barzagli and Juan Cuadrado after injury lay-offs.

while 17-year-old defender Paolo Gozzi and midfielder Grigoris Kastanos made their Serie A debuts for the club, as did substitute Stephy Mavdidi.

“We had a lot of young players and they did well but above all the second goal showed a lack of experience,” Allegri added.

“We reacted well in the second half but couldn’t get the game back on track. Paolo Gozzi had a good game, including after Barzagli went off. Kastanos was struggling a little in the role of mezz’ala, while (Hans) Nicolussi and Mavidi did well.

Barzagli announces retirement

Meanwhile, Barzagli has also announced that this would be his last season for the club

He told Sky Sport Italia after confirming that his distinguished career is coming to a close: “Future? I’ve thought about it a lot.

“When you’re a footballer you have trouble thinking about the aftermath but because of injuries you have to think about it. 

“I am attracted to everything and will evaluate my options in the coming months. 

“Manager, coach or columnist? I have to understand what I could be good at and what could interest me.

“I have to find something that gives me great enthusiasm.”

SPAL manager Leonardo Semplici, on Sky Sport Italia, after the victory declared the results gave them confidence with the relegation battle in their minds.

” This success must give us confidence – he reveals –because the struggle continues and still misses so much, always remaining with the feet firmly on the ground. We have grown from all points of view, even at the corporate level, and it was unexpected to do it with this speed and to save us, for us, would represent an exceptional goal. We wanted to show a certain type of football, but we knew that a team like ours should have suffered: against Juve we played with great desire and personality.

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