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  • February 24, 2019
  • • 9:00 AM
  • • Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
  • Referee: G. Calvarese
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Paulo Dybala celebrates his winner against Bologna

Bologna 0 Juventus 1: Substitute Dybala spares Bianconeri blushes

Paulo Dybala celebrates his winner against Bologna

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Juventus put in a poor display against Bologna but bounced back from their defeat to Atletico Madrid thanks to Paulo Dybala's winner.

Paulo Dybala came on from the bench to score the winner as a lacklustre Juventus overcame Serie A strugglers Bologna 1-0 on Sunday. 

Despite putting in a below-par performance for much of the encounter, Juve took the lead when Dybala – whose long-term future in Turin is rumoured to be in doubt – slotted home from close range eight minutes after coming on. 

Dybala's effort came against the run of play, with Juve sparred by wasteful finishing and a superb block from Alex Sandro, who prevented Ibrahima Mbaye from putting Bologna ahead. 

However, Juve's strength in depth proved the difference as they became the first side in Serie A history to win at least 22 of their first 25 games of a season, with the result also a timely boost for boss Massimiliano Allegri after the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek. 

Bologna were unfortunate not to capitalise on their opponents' sluggish start – Federico Santander clipping over from close range before Nicola Sansone and Simone Edera shot wide. 

Santander should have done better with a strike that flashed wide just before the half-hour mark, and Federico Bernardeschi's curling effort almost made Bologna pay for their profligacy. 

Juve barely improved in attack after the interval and needed a fantastic last-ditch intervention from Alex Sandro to deny Mbaye from point-blank range.

Allergi turned to Dybala for inspiration and was swiftly rewarded for the positive change when the Argentine forward latched on to a loose ball and made no mistake with a composed first-time finish in the 67th minute.

Bologna rallied late on and Mattia Perin came to Juve's rescue in in the closing minutes, tipping Sansone's dipping strike onto the woodwork to make sure his side kept a 14th clean sheet in Serie A this term.


What does it mean? Juve bounce back

Juve were disappointing against Atletico in European action and while Bologna deserved more for a battling display, Dybala's moment of quality now has the leaders further clear of second-placed Napoli.

Bologna, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone after failing to secure anything against the reigning champions.

Dybala gives Allegri a boost

The future for Dybala and Allegri at Juve has been the subject of media interest of late. But, despite being benched, the former made his mark when called upon, suggesting he still has a point to prove with the Serie A giants.

Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure

It has been a superb maiden season in Serie A for Ronaldo, but the league's leading scorer – who lined up on the left wing – put in an unusually sloppy display.

Key Opta facts

- Juventus have matched their longest away unbeaten run in Serie A (25 games, also achieved in 2012).
- Paulo Dybala has scored an away Serie A goal for the first time since April (against Benevento).
- Juventus have won 11 of their 12 away games in Serie A this season.
- Bologna's last home Serie A win was back in September against Udinese - they have had four draws and four defeats since then.
- Juventus fired their first shot against Bologna after 27 minutes and 40 seconds.

What's next?

Napoli likely harbour only slim hopes of mounting a title challenge this season, but Juve can put Serie A all-but beyond doubt when they take on Carlo Ancelotti's side next time out, while Bologna travel to Udinese.

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