Juventus edged ever closer to their fifth straight Serie A title after they withstood a vigilant Fiorentina display at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, securing a clinical 2-1 victory.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side had one goal in the first half rightfully disallowed due to Sami Khedira’s offside position, but the Viola were unjustly ruled out of an opening Federico Bernardeschi strike, as the Italian broke free in what appeared to be an onside position.
Late drama in the match saw Nikola Kalinic’s equaliser with 10 minutes remaining, cancelled out by Alvaro Morata just minutes later, and the Croatian would be denied twice more from both Gianluigi Buffon at the penalty spot and the crossbar in the dying moments of the match.
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Ciprian Tatarusanu – 5.5 – Blameless
Never called into making a necessary save, but can’t be criticised for allowing two goals by Juventus as he was punished helplessly by a clinical finish from Mario Mandzukic and a fortunate rebound from Alvaro Morata.
Marcos Alonso – 6 – Unrewarded
An exceptional performance by the Spaniard in terms of effort and contribution, but the full-back ultimately fell short when he could’ve buried two excellent scoring chances.
Gonzalo Rodriguez – 6.5 – Determined
Didn’t hesitate to bully his opponents out of possession and pick up a yellow card throughout his four tackles in the match, and his willingness to surge forward was an indicator of a determined performance.
Davide Astori – 7 – Accurate
A confident display from the Italian, which gave the Viola consistent hopes to contend for a result against the visitors, as the centre-back notched four tackles and finished with 91% passing accuracy after accumulating over 100 touches on the ball.
Nenad Tomovic – 6.5 – Resolute
Faced plenty of pressure on the flank as Patrice Evra was given plenty of opportunities to whip in crosses, but the Serbian consistently blocked the danger that came his way and completed five tackles in the process.
Milan Badelj – 6 – Quiet
Forced into a subdued performance in midfield as pressure mounted from the Bianconeri, and would eventually leave the match after two failed shot attempts. The Croatian was especially unlucky to see his goal line clearance promptly fired into the back of the net by an instinctive Alvaro Morata.
Federico Bernardeschi – 6.5 – Lively
The Italian may not have been the most consistent player on the pitch, but he fully deserved credit for netting an opening strike past Gianluigi Buffon that was controversially ruled offside.
Borja Valero – 6.5 – Tidy
Kept matters organised and accurate in his decision-making with possession, but was unable to change the outcome of the match after showing plenty of urgency late into the affair.
Christian Tello – 6 – Promising
Made Patrice Evra look helpless in defence on more than one occasion and also lashed out a powerful strike to force a save from Buffon, but some inconsistency led to his substitution in the second half.
Josip Ilicic – 6.5 – Lacking
Contributed effectively in the counter attacking moves by the Viola, but should’ve made the most of his final chance to shoot from the top of the box as his effort sailed over the target before subbing out for Mauro Zarate.
Nikola Kalinic – 7 – Thwarted
The Croatian finally hit the back for the first time since February as he equalized the match in emphatic fashion in the second half. Yet the player will rue numerous opportunities to equalize from Morata’s goal that followed, as he failed from the penalty spot and was denied by the woodwork twice in his eventful match.
Mauro Zarate – 6.5 – Energetic
Filled in adequately for Ilicic to inject more energy into Fiorentina’s attack force, and eventually assisted Kalinic to change the outlook of the match.
Matias Fernandez – 6 – Decent
Came on with 30 minutes remaining in the match to blend into the midfield seamlessly, but couldn’t tap into his usual effectiveness from set-pieces.
Facundo Roncaglia – N/A