Juve-Cagliari 2-0, goals from Kean and Bernardeschi

The bianconeri close the first round with a victory

Juventus beat Cagliari 2-0 in anticipation of the 19th matchday of Serie A. The bianconeri close the first round with 34 points and shorten the distance compared to the Champions area: the fourth place occupied by Atalanta – at 38 after the 0-0 on the Genoa field – is only 4 points away. Cagliari, stopped at 10, remains penultimate halfway through the tournament.

The verdict matures at the end of a match that does not offer a memorable spectacle to the spectators of the Allianz Stadium, which has large empty spaces in the stands. Juve try to build a game and settle in the opposing half of the pitch. The maneuver of Allegri’s team does not shine for speed and fluidity. The hosts close to scoring with a close-range header from Kean, who hits the post from a few meters. The center forward redeems himself in the 40th minute by putting his head on Bernardeschi’s cross-shot. The combination is a winner, ball in the net and 1-0.

In the second half, Cagliari leaves the bunker and creates two sensational scoring chances. Dalbert, on a perfect restart, manages to miss the aim from 4 meters: it is impossible to miss the goal, but the left is rickety and Juve is saved. Shortly after, it takes a miracle from Szczesny to deny the goal to Joao Pedro, who hits his head in splendid solitude. Juve dances, but amidst uncertainties and errors find the goal that closes the accounts. At 83 ‘Kulusevski leads the counter-attack to perfection and triggers Bernardeschi, who puts an end to an interminable goal fast. Left-handed diagonal, 2-0 and Juve go up.