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Danilo
Yellow Card
81'
F. Bernardeschi
Yellow Card
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A. Ismajli
Yellow Card
44'
P. Cutrone
Yellow Card
21'
L. Mancuso
Goal
0 - 1

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55% 44%
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Shots On Target 5 3
Total Passes 412 342
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Commentary

That's all from a stunned Allianz Stadium today, so thanks for joining us and goodbye!
A short burst of enthusiasm at the outset seemed to display Juve's intent to move on from the Ronaldo era as soon as possible - however, a hangover has ensued and last season's woes have not been resolved yet. They may be glad to depart for the international break.
Empoli's small following erupt with delight, as they conquer Juve in their own back yard! The visitors actually faced little real threat from a toothless home side in Turin. Meanwhile, Max Allegri and company are poised for a reaction from both their fans and the media - starting the season with just one point from two apparently straightforward fixtures.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: JUVENTUS 0-1 EMPOLI
90' + 3' JUVE'S LAST CHANCE? Finally, Juventus force a presentable opportunity, but Locatelli's left-footed effort from just inside the area is scuffed just wide of Vicario's right post. Surely there's no time to equalise now?
90' + 1' After a brief spell of time-wasting by their opponents, Juventus break forward through Bernardeschi, but the Italy winger loses the ball too easily.
Danilo
Yellow Card
89' Danilo is now booked for a late challenge, which suits Empoli's desire to break up play.
88' Bonucci heads well over from a whipped corner kick, as the whistles start to cascade down from the terraces. The Old Lady's supporters are not happy!
86' Neat interplay around the box nearly gets Juve in on goal, but Empoli have eleven men behind the ball now and are showing admirable resolve.
84' There are glum faces all around on the Juventus bench, as they anticipate a miserable defeat to add to last week's draw. Time is slipping through their fingers, as Empoli stand firm.
M. De Sciglio
J. Cuadrado
82' Perhaps in desperation, Allegri withdraws Cuadrado and De Sciglio is thrown on in his place.
F. Bernardeschi
Yellow Card
81' Bernardeschi lets his frustration get the better of him, and a foul leads to a booking not long after his arrival on the field.
S. Żurkowski
F. Bandinelli
80' Bandinelli comes off for Zurkowski, as Empoli make a couple of late changes.
L. Henderson
P. Cutrone
80' Cutrone is withdrawn after another goalless shift, as Henderson comes on to help see out the game.
77' Locatelli is increasingly involved, but Juventus do not seem to be banging down the Empoli door at this stage. The Bianconeri need inspiration from somewhere.
75' Allegri's promptings from the technical area are taking on an increasingly manic tone. He is aware of the criticism he will endure if this situation isn't rectified in the final 15 minutes.
A. Pinamonti
L. Mancuso
73' Andreazzoli makes another change, as Pinamonti comes on for Mancuso in attack. The Inter forward is naturally not a popular arrival in Turin!
L. Štulac
N. Bajrami
70' Bajrami has caused problems for the home side for most of the match, but Stulac comes on in his place.
70' SO CLOSE! Kulusevski wriggles free in the area, but his driven cut-back is forced just wide of the left post by Locatelli. The substitutes have breathed fresh life into an ailing attack.
68' Bernardeschi has a shot blocked, then Cuadrado is denied by the safe hands of Vicario. Maybe Juventus can finally find the final-third composure they have been sorely lacking?
D. Kulusevski
F. Chiesa
66' Chiesa's early enthusiasm has dimmed and Kulusevski is brought on to replace him out wide.
M. Locatelli
R. Bentancur
66' Bentancur is replaced by Locatelli for the final quarter of the match.
65' Locatelli looks to be warming up for another cameo appearance.
64' Cutrone has played 25 consecutive matches without scoring - for Empoli, Valencia, Fiorentina and Wolves - equalling his worst career streak. An overdue goal today would certainly welcomed by the Empoli tifosi!
61' Szczesny punches clear another Empoli corner, but the Azzurri still exert a brief period of pressure which concludes with a wild strike over and into the stands.
59' Cuadrado is hacked down on the right flank, but only a free-kick is awarded. Dybala attempts to shoot from a difficult angle, and the ball cannot dip enough in time to dive below Vicario's bar, curling just over.
58' Dybala creates a little space on the edge of the box, but Stojanovic's close attentions cause him to lean back and lift his attempt over the crossbar.
A. Ismajli
Yellow Card
56' A clumsy challenge sees Ismajli become the third Empoli name in the referee's notebook.
F. Bernardeschi
A. Rabiot
55' Rabiot is withdrawn in his first match back after injury, with Bernardeschi on to provide some fresh legs in midfield for the hosts.
55' Alex Sandro narrowly misses the corner flag with a wayward cross from the left - summing up his delivery so far today.
53' Bajrami does well to win a corner, which is punched decisively clear by Szczesny. Empoli show no signs of retreating so far.
51' Cuadrado's cross from deep on the right is headed well over the bar by Rabiot - not even a half-chance really.
49' Szczesny is forced to tip over a speculative effort from Bajrami, conceding a corner which Empoli waste.
47' Haas and Dybala trade shots at goal, as the action is immediately end to end to start the second half!
Morata
W. McKennie
46' McKennie is withdrawn after making little impact in an unusually advanced role, with Morata brought on to take the centre-forward role.
46' We are back under way at an anxious Allianz Stadium, with a change up front for Juventus perhaps helping to switch the momentum of this game.
Following Ronaldo's hasty exit, returning Bianconeri boss Allegri really needs a dramatic turnaround after the break, as his curious team selection has left certain areas light today. Will he make changes to the team for the second period?
Though they started out in a blaze of thrusting attacks through their flying wide men, Juventus leave the field to jeers and whistles from their own fans at the break. The Serie B champions are proving more than a match for their more illustrious counterparts, as Empoli pick holes in a shaky Juve rearguard - particularly targeting Cuadrado's defensive deficiencies on the right. The Azzurri are good value for their half-time lead.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: JUVENTUS 0-1 EMPOLI
P. Cutrone
Yellow Card
44' Despite his protestations to the referee, Cutrone is booked for a foul in the Juventus half.
42' Chiesa gets up another head of steam, but lacking an attacking focal point, he cuts inside and has to lay off to Dybala outside the box - an increasingly familiar theme.
40' Bonucci mops up, as Empoli lose control in a good attacking position. The action is now breathlessly end to end.
38' Stojanovic - now on a booking - is being kept busy by Chiesa and Alex Sandro on Juve's left, but slides in accurately to thwart an attack and concede a throw-in, which ultimately comes to nothing.
36' Alex Sandro again gets into a good position on the left flank, but balloons his cross and the attack peters out.
34' Bentancur gives the ball away on the edge of his area, but chases back frantically to make sure his error isn't seriously punished. Juventus remain edgy in possession and lack some clarity in their decision making.
P. Stojanović
Yellow Card
32' Stojanovic receives the first booking of a free-flowing game, for his trip on Alex Sandro.
31' Alex Sandro is tripped as he races to the left touchline, giving Juventus a free-kick in a dangerous area just outside the box. Cuadrado lines it up, but fires well wide.
29' Making his 300th Serie A appearance today, Juan Cuadrado scored last week from a more advanced wide position, following several years as a flying full-back. He returns to the Juve back line again today, but has his hands full at the moment.
27' Bandinelli and McKennie clash heads, but after a brief pause in the action, play gets back under way.
25' Almost a second for Empoli - the Azzurri's confidence is rising! Cutrone finds himself in space and unleashes a rocket which just flies wide of the left-hand post. Bajrami is running the show and the hosts are on the ropes.
23' Chiesa has a right-footed shot from outside the box saved in the bottom right corner, having been played in deftly by Cuadrado.
L. Mancuso
Goal
21' EMPOLI LEAD! Bandinelli's right-wing surge sees the Juventus defence melt away, he cuts back for Bajrami to turn and shoot and the resultant deflection loops up for captain Mancuso to force the ball home. The Allianz Stadium is hushed! Juventus 0-1 Empoli!
18' Rabiot has a left-wing cross charged down to earn a corner. However, the Frenchman's foot is raised too high for the referee's liking from the subsequent set-piece and he concedes a free-kick in the Empoli area.
16' Looking a little dazed, Bonucci goes to ground after an apparently innocent collision with Mancuso. After some medical attention, the Italian international is fit to continue.
14' Bonucci concedes a corner, but Empoli can't make anything of a rare opportunity and possession is turned over.
12' SO CLOSE! Unplayable so far, Chiesa bursts through the centre, leaving Empoli defenders retreating frantically. A brilliant diving save to the right sees his powerful strike denied by Vicario's second fine save of the game.
10' On Empoli's first incursion into the Juve area, Cutrone has his shot blocked by Bonucci at close range.
8' Cuadrado shimmies inside and fires a low cross along the six-yard box, only to see it run through to safety. Interestingly, Max Allegri has opted to start without a traditional centre-forward today.
6' Empoli are struggling to get out of their own defensive third, with attempts to pass out from the back being harried by the hungry home forwards.
5' De Ligt heads well wide of the Empoli goal from a whipped Cuadrado corner.
4' GREAT SAVE! Chiesa looks in the mood today, as he sweeps down the left flank, cuts inside and then sees a powerful strike blocked by the chest of Vicario in the Empoli goal.
2' Juventus immediately apply pressure, as Chiesa whips a dangerous ball across the penalty area, but no-one can make contact. A bright start from the Bianconeri,
1' We are under way at the Allianz Stadium, which eagerly awaits the first game of the post-Ronaldo era! Can Empoli upset the odds and cause the ultimate Serie A shock?
SUBS: Alberto Brignoli, Jacopo Furlan; Leo Stulac, Simone Romagnoli, Liam Henderson, Andrea La Mantia, Riccardo Fiamozzi, Lorenzo Tonelli, Szymon Zurkowski, Mattia Viti, Fabiano Parisi, Andrea Pinamonti.
EMPOLI (4-2-3-1): Guglielmo Vicario; Petar Stojanovic, Ardian Ismajli, Sebastiano Luperto, Riccardo Marchizza; Nicolas Haas, Samuele Ricci; Filippo Bandinelli, Nedim Bajrami, Leonardo Mancuso; Patrick Cutrone.
SUBS: Giorgio Chiellini, Alvaro Morata, Federico Bernardeschi, Carlo Pinsoglio, Manuel Locatelli, Dejan Kulusevski, Mattia Di Sciglio, Nicolo Fagiolo.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Rodrigo Bentancur, Danilo, Adrien Rabiot; Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala, Weston McKennie.
Despite returning to training last week, Empoli defender Fabiano Parisi will not feature in the back four today, but is edging closer to his return from a broken leg. Newly arrived Andrea Pinamonti bolsters the visitors' attacking options after signing a loan deal from Inter, but must make do with a place on the bench, as Patrick Cutrone is joined by last term's top scorer Leonardo Mancuso up front.
Though Ronaldo is, of course, now departed, Juventus have Adrien Rabiot available after injury and Weston McKennie is back from suspension - and both will start today. Brazilian midfielder Arthur remains sidelined - alongside Aaron Ramsey, who picked up another injury last week - while new signing Manuel Locatelli must wait for a first start after his brief cameo in Udine.
As a measure of the visitors' task today, Juventus have a 79% win percentage against Empoli - emerging victorious from 19 of their last 24 encounters and winning 11 of their 12 home games against the Tuscan side. In fact, the Bianconeri didn't concede a single goal on nine of those occasions!
Serie B champions Empoli, meanwhile, went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Lazio on the opening day - handing new coach Aurelio Andreazzoli his first competitive defeat after a Coppa Italia win started his reign earlier this month.
A frenetic finale to their first fixture of the 2021-22 campaign saw Juventus leave Udine with only a point last weekend, as they threw away a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2. An 83rd-minute equaliser brought Udinese level before Cristiano Ronaldo appeared from the bench to seemingly head in a trademark winner, only to be denied by the VAR - his final act in a Juve shirt.
After stumbling to a draw on the opening day - and then losing their star striker during a whirlwind week - Juventus are under pressure to pick up their first Serie A victory today, against promoted Empoli.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Serie A fixture between Juventus and Empoli from the Allianz Stadium in Turin!