Serie A Match Report: Carpi 2 ~ 3 Juventus + Highlights

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Despite barely having a touch of the ball in the opening 15 minutes, the hosts took a shock lead with the game’s first shot on target just before the quarter-hour mark.
Borriello, who scored twice in 13 appearances for Juventus back in 2012/13, turned Bonucci inside out on the edge of the box before firing low past Gianluigi Buffon at the Juventus goalkeeper’s near post.

The visitors responded within three minutes. Juan Cuadrado’s cross from the right was turned goalwards by Sami Khedira and, though Carpi goalkeeper Belec made a terrific double save from first the German and then Paulo Dybala, Mandzukic was on hand to volley home an equaliser.

Marchisio tested Belec with a low drive from range in the 23rd minute and, from the subsequent corner, Giorgio Chiellini nodded a free header over from six yards out as the away side dominated territory and possession.

Belec was on hand to beat away Khedira’s fierce effort three minutes later but Carpi were unable to reach half-time on level terms, as Mandzukic doubled his and Juve’s tally for the match four minutes before the break.

Chiellini’s pass found Patrice Evra down the left wing and the Frenchman crossed for Mandzukic to head past Belec from close range.

Four minutes after the restart for the second half, Pogba added a third in stunning fashion. Marchisio’s excellent long, diagonal pass picked out the run of his fellow midfielder and, after bringing down the ball with a superb first touch, Pogba lifted his shot over the advancing Belec.

Rugani thought he had smashed in his first Juventus goal in the 64th minute, after he volleyed home Cuadrado’s right-wing cross, but the 21-year-old’s delight was cut short by an offside flag.

It took until the 75th minute for Carpi to find their second effort on target, as substitute Jerry Mbakogu shot tamely at Buffon from 20 yards.

The hosts’ second goal came courtesy of a visiting defender. Bonucci stuck out his right boot in an attempt to clear Luca Marrone’s cross but only succeeded in prodding the ball beyond Buffon.

It arrived too late for Carpi to salvage anything from the match, as Juve signed off on a winning note ahead of Serie A’s mid-season break.

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