Juventus vs Benevento: Champions survive massive scare - FCNaija
Serie A By: Linus Onyeze | 05/11/2017
Juventus may not have a bad start to the season, but in many ways, it is looking like it will be a very long season for the Old Lady. Perhaps, it’s only physics at play; like they say, what goes up must come down. But then, physics or not, it still doesn’t explain how less than impressive they have been, by their own standards.Still, it was the champions who started the game the better side, with Claudio Marchisio pulling the strings in midfield and they even went close in the 16th minute. Douglas Costa controlled the ball on the edge of the box, ran inside and thundered a shot, but it went against the crossbar. What an effort!However, it is Benevento who would take the lead, against the run of play, when three minutes after that Costa effort, Amato Ciciretti sent a low shot from a 25-metre free kick and the ball went inside the left post. The visitors were in dreamland.As expected, Juve went more on the offensive after that goal, but the Benevento defense were earning their pay. Thirty-five minutes in, Paulo Dybala forced a great save off Alberto Brignoli, as his attempt to beat the keeper with a close-range shot towards the middle of the target failed. Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain went close again just before the break, but both attackers missed glorious opportunities to level, as they went into the break trailing.