Juventus were denied victory on the final day of the Serie A season after Juanito’s injury-time equalizer saw Verona snatch a late 2-2 draw.Mistakes were made, the concentration wasn’t there and the rhythm was off, but Juventus still managed a 2-2 draw against Hellas Verona, a side that simply refused to be defeated by the Old Lady yet again this year.
Coach Allegri decide against making wholesale change for the trip to Verona, putting out an eleven replete with many players who are likely to start in the Olympionstadion against FC Barcelona. In an open and entertaining game, both sides had chances to take the lead with form Athletic strikerFernando Llorente hitting the crossbar for the Italian Champions.
Three minutes before the break the deadlock was finally broken. Roberto Pereyra put Juventus ahead with an excellent effort into the top corner.But the hosts fought back, and the lively Toni was on hand to finish off a sweeping counterattack just after half-time.
Toni claimed his 22 league goal this term as he picked up Hallfredsson’s pass on the counter-attack and slotted past Buffon at the near post to level the scores Things went from bad to worse for Allegri’s side, though, when Simone Pepe was sent off, and the resulting free-kick saw Juanito head home a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer.
The visitors finished the match with 10 men after Simone Pepe saw red late on ahead of next weekend’s Champions League final against Barcelona.Pepe was sent off for Juve in stoppage time after catching MattiaValoti with his studs and the champions suffered a late blow. The mistake resulted into free-kick into the box finding the head of Juanito, who earned his side a well-earned point.
Two particular players disappointed, which raises a few concerns going forward. Neither Carlos Tevez nor Paul Pogba exhibited their talent and were guilty of making silly errors and losing concentration when Allegri needed them to prove themselves on the pitch. The result is sure to disappoint Juventus boss MassimilianoAllegri, whose side will need a substantially improved performance if they are to beat Barcelona in Berlin and earn an historic treble.
This was hardly the performance Allegri wanted from the man, especially considering the coach is deciding on who to play against Barcelona.By contrast, Roberto Pereyra ahead of him played a magnificent game and scored a goal that will be remembered for its beauty.