Fiorentina and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw in Serie A at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday afternoon. Matchday 5 is the first ‘regular matchday’ of the season regarding kick-off times as the usual 15:00 kick-off returned post-August. Though there was not a huge amount to shout about for either team in Tuscany.
The scoring was opened early on by Arkadiusz Milik who is in great form early on with Juventus. The scores were levelled by Christian Kouame.
Milik two in two for Juventus
It was Milik who got his second goal in two games for his new side to open the scoring at the Franchi on Saturday.
It was not the best goal that he’ll ever score but they all count. Filip Kostic’s volley was at such a height that Milik was able to chest the ball into the net whilst on his knees. His early form suggests that Dusan Vlahovic will need to be at his best if he is to remain the striker of choice.
Massimiliano Allegri made the brave decision to bench Vlahovic for this game with his eyes on other fixtures coming up in this busy period.
The scores were levelled on the half-hour mark through Kouame. It was a deeply impressive counter-attack from La Viola and it was finished off by Kouame.
Fiorentina were then awarded a penalty after a handball but Luka Jovic stepped up and missed a perfect chance to give his team a precious lead at the Franchi.
Juventus invite Fiorentina pressure
Juventus appeared more than happy to spend the majority of the second half camped in their own defensive third and showed very little willingness to score.
They were let off the hook somewhat by the fact that Fiorentina’s pressure, whilst plentiful, was very disjointed and they rarely looked like actually scoring.
Their midfield appeared to completely get the better of Juventus throughout the half but they just couldn’t create that golden chance that they needed to snatch all three points.