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Hellas Verona 2-1 Juventus: Giampaolo Pazzini scores late penalty awarded by VAR to shock Juve

Giampaolo Pazzini
Hellas Verona club captain Giampaolo Pazzini (right) came off the bench to score a nerveless penalty and secure a priceless three points for his side

Giampaolo Pazzini scored a late penalty to hand Hellas Verona a shock victory over Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted in his 10th successive league game - one short of a Serie A record - to open the scoring for the league leaders before Fabio Borini equalised for the hosts.

But Pazzini converted an 86th-minute spot-kick after the video assistant referee said Marash Kumbulla's header hit Leonardo Bonucci's arm.

Victory sees Verona rise to sixth.

Meanwhile, Juve remain top with 54 points but Inter Milan could replace them at the summit of Serie A if they beat AC Milan on Sunday.

The hosts, who won promotion to the Italian top flight via the play-offs last season, impressed in the first half and could have easily gone ahead when Davide Faraoni's powerful drive was tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny.

Kumbulla thought he had given his side an unlikely lead on 23 minutes when his header from Miguel Veloso's deep free-kick beat Szczesny only to be ruled out by VAR.

But the champions did have chances of their own - Ronaldo struck the post after driving infield while Douglas Costa drew a super save from ex-Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri.

And it was away side who broke the deadlock as Ronaldo latched on to Rodrigo Bentancur's through ball, shrugged off the attentions of Amir Rrahmani, and fired home to become the first Juve player to score in 10 consecutive Serie A games.

Ronaldo, who turned 35 on Wednesday, has now scored 20 goals from 20 league games this season, with 15 of those strikes coming in his last 10 outings.

The best goalscoring runs in a single Serie A season have stopped at 11 games - Fabio Quagliarella last season and Gabriel Batistuta in 1994-95.

However, it was not to be for Ronaldo and co, as ex-Liverpool and Sunderland striker Borini capitalised on a defensive error by Miralem Pjanic to break into the area and slot home the equaliser.

And with time running out it was another 35-year-old, Pazzini, who had the final say as he rifled past Szczesny from the spot to seal a famous win for his side and put Juve's hopes of defending their title in jeopardy.

Line-ups

Hellas Verona

  • 1Silvestri
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 21Günter
  • 24Kumbulla
  • 5Faraoni
  • 4Pinto VelosoSubstituted forVerreat 58'minutes
  • 34S Amrabat
  • 88LazovicBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDimarcoat 79'minutes
  • 32PessinaBooked at 41mins
  • 16Borini
  • 20ZaccagniSubstituted forPazziniat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Eysseric
  • 9Stepinski
  • 10Di Carmine
  • 11Pazzini
  • 14Verre
  • 15Bocchetti
  • 22Berardi
  • 23Dimarco
  • 27Dawidowicz
  • 33Empereur
  • 96Radunovic
  • 98Adjapong

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 4de Ligt
  • 19BonucciBooked at 85mins
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 20mins
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forDe Sciglioat 82'minutes
  • 5Pjanic
  • 25Rabiot
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forRamseyat 72'minutes
  • 21HiguaínSubstituted forDybalaat 59'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 8Ramsey
  • 10Dybala
  • 14Matuidi
  • 24Rugani
  • 31Pinsoglio
  • 35Olivieri
  • 41Coccolo
  • 77Buffon
Referee:
Davide Massa
Attendance:
28,654

Match Stats

Home TeamHellas VeronaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Verona 2, Juventus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Verona 2, Juventus 1.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Federico Dimarco (Verona).

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Koray Günter.

Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus).

Fabio Borini (Verona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Sandro.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Marco Faraoni.

Goal!

Goal! Verona 2, Juventus 1. Giampaolo Pazzini (Verona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

VAR Decision: Penalty Verona.

Penalty conceded by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Marash Kumbulla (Verona) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Federico Dimarco with a cross.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Leonardo Bonucci.

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Verona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Giampaolo Pazzini with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Mattia De Sciglio replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Federico Dimarco replaces Darko Lazovic.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Goal!

Goal! Verona 1, Juventus 1. Fabio Borini (Verona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Fabio Borini (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Aaron Ramsey replaces Douglas Costa because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Giampaolo Pazzini (Verona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofyan Amrabat with a cross.

Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

Fabio Borini (Verona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Mattia Zaccagni.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Koray Günter.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrien Rabiot.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Fabio Borini (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Verona 0, Juventus 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Sofyan Amrabat (Verona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Faraoni.

Attempt blocked. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Koray Günter (Verona).

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Verona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mattia Zaccagni.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 8th February 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus23173344232154
2Inter Milan22156144182651
3Lazio22155252203250
4Atalanta23126561313042
5Roma23116642301239
6Hellas Verona239772824434
7Bologna239683736133
8Cagliari228863834432
9Parma229583129232
10AC Milan229582327-432
11Napoli228683431330
12Torino2383122742-1527
13Sassuolo2275103637-126
14Fiorentina2367102634-825
15Udinese2273121935-1624
16Sampdoria2365122538-1323
17Lecce2247112742-1519
18Genoa2237122343-2016
19Brescia2243152041-2115
20SPAL2243151638-2215
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