Juventus and Napoli stopped again, only managing to snatch a draw to avoid defeat

On matchday 25, Bologna confirmed itself as the surprise of the Serie A season by managing to beat Lazio away, catching Atalanta in fourth place in the table.
In the last four matches Juventus FC have obtained only two points.
In the last four matches Juventus FC have obtained only two points. / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

1. Hellas Verona v Juventus

The Bianconeri team presented itself in Verona with an enormous load of responsibility. In fact, the Vecchia Signora had only one task: obtaining a victory so as not to lose further points in the race against an unstoppable FC Internazionale.

However, the approach to the match was not the best. So much so that in the 11th minute, Hellas Verona found the opening goal with a magnificent finish from midfielder Michael Folorunsho with a surgically precise left-footed volley that went past the goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The disadvantage evidently affected the Bianconeri as their offensive game was neither brilliant nor decisive. On the contrary, the home team proved to be very solid.

Just before the half hour mark, a penalty was awarded to Juventus for a handball. Dusan Vlahovic appeared on the spot and finished powerfully past the opposing goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipò, thus tying the match.

The coach Massimiliano Allegri decided to start the second half without making any tactical changes.

Like in the first half, Hellas Verona once again found the opening goal. In the 52nd minute, with a disruptive action by Tomas Suslov, whose pass turned into an assist for Tijjani Noslin who scored his first goal in Serie A.

This time, however, the reaction of the Bianconeri was immediate and clear. In fact, in the 55th minute they found the equalizer with a nice pass from Manuel Locatelli towards the center of the area, where the French midfielder Adrien Rabiot was able to control the ball and immediately finish with his left foot to the bottom corner.

The match then continued both teams looking for a winner and precisely for this reason, the outcome was completely uncertain as there was no clear dominance of one over the other.

In any case, in the final minutes of the match Juventus had the opportunity to find the victory thanks to a play by Federico Chiesa but a great save by Montipò kept the final result at 2-2.

2. Napoli v Genoa

SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC - Serie A TIM
SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC - Serie A TIM / Francesco Pecoraro/GettyImages

The reigning champions once again had to do without striker Victor Osimhen who was still not available for coach Walter Mazzarri.

The match started with a sustained pace by both teams who maintained this intensity for a long part of the first half.

The talented Khvicha Kvaratskhelia immediately became dangerous and after a personal initiative, instead of passing it to his teammates, he went for the shot which was saved by the opposing goalkeeper.

Genoa also became dangerous through Mateo Retegui, who twice challenged the opposing goalkeeper Alex Meret.

The first half ended goalless.

The second half began with the unexpected goal of the visiting team's with a precise shot from midfielder Morten Frendrup who scored his first goal in Serie A.

The match continued with continuous attacks by the home team, also driven by the support of the fans, however, without ever becoming truly dangerous.

Only in the final minutes, as the match now seemed to end in defeat, did the equalizing goal arrive thanks to the latest purchase of the winter transfer market, striker Cyril Ngonge, who was able to coordinate himself and kick on goal a ball put into the penalty area by a precious pass from captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

All things considered, the draw was of no use as Napoli's objective of reaching the top of the table was further removed by victories from its direct rivals.

Furthermore, this result cannot be considered a dose of confidence for the difficult match on Wednesday, Feb. 21 against Barcelona in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

3. Lazio v Bologna

Joshua Zirkzee, Thiago Motta
The hug between coach Thiago Motta (left) and Joshua Zirkzee (right), protagonists of Bologna FC's great season. / Silvia Lore/GettyImages

After the very important triumph achieved against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, Lazio fans were expecting a further show of strength, this time against the surprise team of the current season.

Confirming the teams' excellent form, we witnessed a first half full of competitive spirit and interesting game plots.

The home team took the lead with a brilliant move involving captain Ciro Immobile and attacking winger Gustav Isaksen who finished in a winning way to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Subsequently, it was again Lazio who came close to doubling the score but without finding it.

Bologna found the equalizer courtesy of Oussama El Azzouzi who was able to cynically exploit a serious error when setting up from low between Luis Alberto and goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

Thus ended a very balanced first half between two very tactically prepared teams.

In the second half, the pace was slower than in the first part of the match but in any case there was no shortage of fun.

The decisive episode occurred in the 79th minute when Bologna's emerging talent, Joshua Zirkzee, started a brilliant move with his teammate who then closed the triangle with the same Dutch attacker who scored the winning goal.

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