Serie A club Hellas Verona produced an amazing display as they defeated league leaders Juventus 2-1 on Saturday. Verona came from a goal down to beat the defending champions in a match which is considered as one of the biggest upsets in recent times to throw the league race open.
Cristiano Ronaldo who drew first blood for the defending champions in the 65th minute of the match set a new record for Juventus by scoring in the 10th consecutive league fixture at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
Ronaldo's goal went in vain
Yet Ivan Juric's side left the visitors stunned as Fabio Borini struck an equaliser before a late penalty from substitute Giampaolo Pazzini completed the comeback. Juve remain on top of the table on 54 points, but Inter Milan will draw level with them if they beat AC Milan on Sunday, and third-placed Lazio will go one point off top if they win at Parma.
Verona moved up to sixth place on 34 points, stretching their unbeaten run to eight games. "What we need to realise is that winning is not to be taken for granted," Juve coach Maurizio Sarri told DAZN.
"We have to work harder, get dirty when we need to and not rest on our laurels.
"This team is accustomed to winning comfortably in recent years and we have to get it into our heads that we can't afford to waste points."
Douglas Costa went close in the first half when he fired a shot off the crossbar before Verona celebrations were cut short when Marash Kumbulla's headed goal was ruled out for a narrow offside following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review. Ronaldo threatened when he cut inside and curled a shot off the foot of the post at the end of a balanced first half.
Verona turned it around at the end of the match
The Portuguese forward eventually broke the deadlock with a goal of individual brilliance, as he exchanged passes with Paulo Dybala to launch a counter-attack, before beating his marker and firing in a low finish. Verona drew level, however, when Borini latched onto a loose ball inside the Juventus area and struck a shot into the bottom corner.
The hosts turned the game on its head with five minutes remaining when Pazzini struck from the spot after Leonardo Bonucci was penalised for handball following a VAR review. Earlier, Moreno Longo's debut as Torino coach ended in defeat as his side were beaten 3-1 by Sampdoria.
Walter Mazzarri parted ways with Torino earlier this week after a run of four consecutive defeats. Longo, however, could not turn the tide as Simone Verdi's second-half opener was cancelled out by a Gaston Ramirez double before Armando Izzo was sent off as he conceded a penalty that was converted by Fabio Quagliarella.