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Morata
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90' + 7'
R. Insigne
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R. Improta
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45' + 3'
G. Letizia
Goal
1 - 1
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Morata
F. Chiesa
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For the Bianconeri then, it is back to the Champions League next, with Dynamo Kiev on the agenda. Benevento, buoyed by this result, square off with Parma next. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
Filippo Inzaghi gives a little fist-pump after he shakes hands with Andrea Pirlo. That is a hard-fought point and his side deserve every bit of it. His opposite number will be left to rue those missed chances. Would Ronaldo have been the difference? We'll never know, alas.
Alvaro Morata is sent off after the final whistle as Juventus slip to a draw against lowly Benevento in Serie A, to hand Andrea Pirlo another set-back on his side's road to a successful title defence. The Bianconeri - missing Cristiano Ronaldo for their trip today - hammered at the door throughout the second half but just couldn't find a winner. The hosts hold on for a famous point; at full-time, it finishes Benevento 1-1 Juventus.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: BENEVENTO 1-1 JUVENTUS
R. Insigne
Yellow Card
90' + 7' Yellow Card Roberto Insigne
Morata
Red Card
90' + 7' It's a sending-off for Alvaro Morata after the final whistle too! The goalscorer looks to have said something to the referee who has immediately flashed him a red card! Juve have finished this game with 10 men, after the final whistle! How utterly strange that is!
90' + 7' Some late drama as play comes to a pause for a Benevento player lying in the box. The referee deems no foul and Danilo is allowed to restart the game - but the hosts get that last clearance away to earn the final whistle!
R. Improta
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Improta absolutely cleans out Bernardeschi with a sliding tackle on the left wing. This could be the last-chance saloon for Juve.
90' + 2' It is Kulusevski who drills the eventual shot through the box, and Montipo makes a clean save to deny the substitute.
90' As if on cue, the board goes up for six minutes, while Juventus snatch a free-kick chance near the left edge of the Benevento box after a handball stop.
88' This has been a lively encounter, hasn't it? We're surely set for a long period of injury time too, after all those stoppages.
F. Barba
Yellow Card
86' Barba now gets a booking for what appears to be an off-the-ball incident inside the penalty area, just moments after Montipo parries a low Juve shot around the left post. Can the Bianconeri find a winner here?
83' Hello, Filippo Inzaghi has just been booked by the referee too. Not sure what that was all about - did he stray onto the pitch from his box? Either way, the coach has a yellow card to his name too.
P. Schiattarella
Yellow Card
82' Schiattarella gets a booking now for a wayward tackle, crashing into a Juve player on the break. Both sides are growing frustrated here.
J. Cuadrado
Yellow Card
80' Tempers are flaring here and Cuadrado picks up a yellow for squaring up to an opposition player. This could get quite stormy in the last few minutes.
78' If Benevento hold on for a point against one of the best sides in Serie A, it will be a fantastic result for Filippo Inzaghi - and against his old pal Pirlo no less. They played together at the World Cup in 2006, though the former only made one appearance in Germany.
76' Hetemaj stays down following a challenge inside his own half and Benevento promptly intercept a Juve cross to break downfield. It's their best piece of attacking play for the half so far but they turn up empty handed in the end following a poor final pass.
74' Those changes by Benevento actually look to have slightly thrown off Juve's rhythms here; this has become a much scrappier affair all of a sudden.
A. Tuia
G. Caprari
72' Benevento also bring on Tuia to replace Caprari.
M. Sau
G. Lapadula
71' There's a change up front for the hosts now too as Lapadula makes way for Sau.
A. Tello
A. Ioniţă
71' Indeed, Ionita is off and Tello is on in his place for the hosts.
70' Ionita has just dropped to his haunches inside his own box. There's been no contact and there's been no appeal, but something isn't right for the Benevento man.
F. Bernardeschi
F. Chiesa
69' Juve have made their latest change, with Chiesa replaced by Bernardeschi.
68' This game is very much still there for the taking, of course, but it feels like Juve will be the ones taking it. You could argue that this final quarter is more a test of whether Benevento can cling on for a major result.
66' The Bianconeri continue to hammer on the door here. There's not been much ball inside their own half in the last few minutes, save the occasional chance when Benevento have cleared.
64' Juve have had twice as many shots so far in this game, but both sides have only notched three apiece on target in total.
D. Kulusevski
A. Ramsey
62' The Bianconeri bring Kulusevski into play too, in place of Ramsey.
R. Bentancur
Arthur
62' Juventus meanwhile bring on Bentancur for Arthur in their first change.
C. Maggio
Yellow Card
60' Maggio picks up a booking now for a hefty challenge on Morata, and Juve have a decent vantage point from which to blast the ball into the box.
R. Insigne
C. Maggio
60' It is Maggio's last contribution too as Insigne is brought on in his place for Benevento. You don't often see substitutes get substituted but there you are.
58' Schiattarella seems fortunately fine to continue for the moment, though he may be changed soon as a precaution. Morata almost snaffles a loose ball to break away but Montipo has it well covered.
56' Lapadula helps spear Benevento's first real counter of the half now - though it comes to nothing - and Schiattarella is then forced to pick up some medical treatment in midfield which breaks up play.
54' It's been mostly one-way traffic in favour of the visitors since the restart and the hosts are getting rather frustrated with some decisions going against them. Juve have a comfortable foothold in opposition territory as it stands.
52' Morata! Juve come close to benefiting from that stroke of fortune as their corner, though initially repelled, provides a second bite for the striker to head wide at the left post a moment later.
50' The hosts are furious now after Juve win a corner despite a Rabiot handball in the buildup missed by the officials. The referee is unmoved and the set-piece stands.
48' Chiesa executes some lovely footwork to set Juve hearts racing but his skills come to nothing on this occasion. Benevento will have to be sharp to weather the Bianconeri storm sure to come in this half.
46' We're back underway in this Serie A clash - but can Benevento keep to their comeback track or will Juventus pull ahead?
They grew slowly, but they surely grew and Filippo Inzaghi will be delighted with that response. Andrea Pirlo will be less impressed with his side's inability to button up their hosts however; he'll be demanding more after the break.
Gaetano Letizia's blinder on the stroke of half-time means it is all square as Juventus and Benevento head into the dressing rooms in Serie A. The right-back's peach of a finish cancelled out Alvaro Morata's clinical opener, in a deserved response for the hosts - and leaves this tie hanging neatly in the balance. At the break, it's Benevento 1-1 Juventus.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: BENEVENTO 1-1 JUVENTUS
G. Letizia
Goal
45' + 3' GOAL! GAETANO LETIZIA LEVELS FOR BENEVENTO WITH A BEAUTY! 1-1! What an absolute pearler from the left-back that is! The corner is played out deep and pinged in, with a succession of clearing touches skewing it all over the shop. It is the defender who picks it up near the right edge of the box though and sprays a magnificent volley across the face of goal and in at the left post! Juventus have been pegged back on the stroke of half-time!
45' + 2' What a save from Szczensy! It's no slouch of a shot from Schiattarella either who, on the back of a corner, twists around two defenders and fires a low effort towards the right post. The keeper does well to tip it around.
45' After a prolonged buildup in which several Benevento players appeared to be jostling with the referee over their line placement, Dybala promptly skews the effort somewhere into the empty stand behind. There will be three extra minutes here.
43' The Bianconeri play it around their midfield now, and draw a promising free-kick for a foul on Dybala just outside the 18-yard area.
41' Indeed, Benevento are now clocking over 40 per cent of the ball in this match to date. They're definitely steadying their ship.
39' This has been an open match so far, an enjoyable encounter for the neutral. Benevento haven't been cowed, even since that opener; they feel like they are finding stronger footing the longer a second strike eludes Juve.
37' Juve would love a second goal here to steady the shop because Benevento are causing them a few headaches on the counter. The visitors now get caught offside as they attempt to craft their latest chance, much to their frustration.
35' Dybala goes flying in the Benevento box! The striker is convinced he's been pushed but the referee waves him away. The hosts promptly race away down the other end and Ionita steers a header just inches wide of the right post.
C. Maggio
L. Caldirola
33' Caldirola cannot continue unfortunately so Maggio is brought on by Benevento to replace him, as the corner is cleanly dealt with.
32' Montipo with the stop! The goalkeeper does a good job to block a rocket from Ramsey, managing to deflect the shot with his legs. The game comes to a pause shortly after, with Caldirola needing treatment ahead of a Juve corner.
30' Out of what feels like nothing, Benevento counter sharply and tear down the other end of the field, winning a corner for their troubles. Juve safely deal with the inswinging set-piece and clear their lines back to halfway.
28' Having favoured their right wing earlier, Juve are enjoying some space down the left edge now, spearheaded by Morata. They could find a second down that route.
26' Benevento think they have a penalty but there is nothing forthcoming from the officials after Lapadula falls in the Juve box, chasing a ball to the six-yard area. There might have been contact but not enough to sway the call.
25' Dybala! The striker plays a lovely one-two to take himself into the Benevento box and he skews his finish wide of the left post. He's disappointed with that one.
23' Despite their lower possession, Benevento haven't looked far off the mark defensively so far against a side of Juve's reputation, so that will be a bitter goal to swallow. How does Inzaghi get his side to respond here?
F. Chiesa
Assist
21' Chiesa simply cut out the midfield there with an absolute diamond ball. Juve are one of the best teams in placing those kind of passes, but this one is a fine breed for certain.
Morata
Goal
21' GOAL! ALVARO MORATA OPENS THE GAME FOR JUVENTUS! 1-0! It's a piece of work we've seen the Bianconeri do time and again, and it's paid off here! A glorious long ball from Chiesa inside his own half sails crossfield to the Spaniard on the edge of the box, and he coolly turns two defenders around before nestling in the right corner. A lovely opener for the visitors.
20' That being said, the hosts have only enjoyed around a third of possession so far. That could be costly.
18' Benevento have refused to let themselves get overwhelmed Juve's game management so far. In fact, it could be argued that the visitors' 4-4-2 formation isn't quite imposing itself the way it so often has.
16' Ramsey is released now into the 18-yard area by a lovely lob pass, but the Welshman can't quite keep hold of the ball before he can unleash that final pass.The referee then has to address some disagreements in midfield between both teams.
14' What a dive from Montipo! It's more a dangerous cross tipped towards Dybala, midway into the Benevento box, than an outright shot but that doesn't stop the keeper hurling himself forward to bat it away in style.
12' Following a pause for a minute's applause to celebrate the life of Maradona, Benevento swing the corner in. It beats everyone but the slightest of touches from a defending head means a second corner is turned in from the right side now, headed over by Glik.
10' A lazy trailing leg from a Juve defender hands Benevento a free-kick out on their left wing, deep into Bianconeri territory. Szczensy makes two saves; one to clear the initial set-piece and a second to punch Barba's shot out for a corner.
8' Better work from Benevento now, who make a solid move down their own right flank, with Letizia tipping a cross in that Improta gets a whisker away from. Szczensy deals and collects safely.
6' Juve, in that nearly all-white strip, are finding good purchase down the right wing in these early exchanges, drifting a few passes into the Benevento box that requires Caldirola to field and clear them.
4' An early Benevento free-kick is dropped low into the box, well below header level and the Bianconeri have no trouble working it back to midfield, earning a quickly-taken set-piece of their own.
2' Shouts from both side echo around the empty stadium as they exchange balls across midfield in these early minutes. On paper, this should be a proverbial slam-dunk for the visitors - but Pirlo knows not to write off his hosts today.
1' We are underway in this Serie A clash between Benevento and Juventus!
The teams are out ahead of kick-off. A minute of silence will be held prior for the late Diego Maradona.
It's been two-and-a-half years since these two sides last squared off in Benevento's only other previous stint in Serie A. In both games that term, Juventus ran out winners - and on the latter instance, notched a handy 4-2 victory at this ground in April 2018.
Subs: Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie, Leonardo Bonucci, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlo Pinsoglio, Federico Bernardeschi, Radu Dragusin, Manolo Portanova, Giovanni Garofani, Dejan Kulusevski.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluca Frabotta, Danilo; Federico Chiesa, Arthur, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala.
Subs: Abdallah Basit, Andres Tello, Christian Maggio, Nicolo Manfredini, Alessandro Tuia, Roberto Insigne, Giuseppe Di Serio, Gabriele Moncini, Marco Sau, Davide Masella, Christian Pastina.
BENEVENTO (4-3-2-1): Lorenzo Montipo; Federico Barba, Luca Caldirola, Kamil Glik, Gaetano Letizia; Artur Ionița, Pasquale Schiattarella, Perparim Hetemaj; Gianluca Caprari, Riccardo Improta; Gianluca Lapadula.
Ronaldo's absence means that Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata will combine up front for the visitors - while the hosts have dropped Gianluca Lapadula into the spearhead of their attack over Gabriele Moncini.
Juve will still fancy their chances against Pirlo's former Milan teammate and fellow 2006 World Cup winner Filippo Inzaghi though. The ex-Rossoneri man guided Benevento to Serie A last term, but has seen his side win only one of their last five games.
But Andrea Pirlo will have to make do without a talismanic presence, after confirmation that the club would rest Cristiano Ronaldo for this tie. The Portuguese is not injured - but simply taking a game off after a busy month and a brace against Ferencvaros.
Fresh from their midweek triumph in the Champions League, the Bianconeri are back in domestic action with a trip from Turin to Campania, seeking another vital three points to keep the pressure on their fellow top four rivals Milan, Sassuolo, Roma and Inter. 
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Serie A season as reigning champions Juventus look to keep up their charge for the summit with against a beleaguered Benevento at Stadio Ciro Vigorito. 
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