LIVE: Juventus vs Crotone

LIVE: Juventus vs Crotone

27′ Ronaldo fires the free-kick straight into the wall, possibly against one of his own team-mates. Crotone break and a dangerous low cross is well gathered by Buffon at his front post.

25′ Ronaldo is tripped by Molina 20 yards from the Crotone goal. One guess who is standing over the ball to take the free-kick…

24′ ANOTHER CHANCE FOR RAMSEY! Alex Sandro sends in a low cross from the left and Ramsey attempts to guide it past Cordaz at the near post, but he is unable to find the target. That is two good chances for the Welshman.

22′ Juventus have been incredibly sloppy in possession, with Ronaldo the latest to give the ball away. It has been a much more open match than expected, largely due to Crotone being happy to get at their opponents.

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20′ Ramsey loses the ball and, in a desperate attempt to win it back, he completely takes out Ounas. A clear yellow card.

20′ CHANCE FOR RAMSEY! Juve turn over possession and Danilo charges at the Crotone defence. He plays a one-two with Ronaldo and then feeds the ball to Ramsey on his left, but the Wales international skews his shot wide from a good position.

19′ There is a little more urgency to Juve’s game now. Ramsey and Kulusevski have both picked up the ball in some space towards the right, though again the final pass is lacking.

17′ Kulusevski brings the ball inside his man down the right but the cross is easily dealt with. Juve have had 65 per cent of the ball but have not done a great deal with it.

15′ Juve are not playing like a side in desperate need of a victory. Pirlo’s men have yet to create anything of note against the division’s bottom side.

14′ Juventus have won each of their last six Serie A matches played on a Monday, conceding only one goal in the process (in the 2-1 win against Lazio last July).

12′ Chiesa is slipped in down the right. His cross is knocked down by McKennie into the path of Ronaldo, who is unable to get a clean shot away. The ball eventually falls for Kulusevski to miscue off target from range.

10′ McKennie plays a pass from inside his own half that runs right the way through for Crotone skipper Cordaz to collect.

9′ The home team are taking a fair bit of time to find their feet. Crotone have been the better side so far and went close with that Reca shot a couple of minutes ago.

7′ NEARLY! Messias’s cross from the right takes a deflection and Danilo slips at the back post, giving Reca a chance to shoot at goal. He sends a volley just wide of the opposition target.

5′ Juve turn over possession high up the pitch. Kulusevski delays playing in Ronaldo and the attack breaks down with Ramsey misplacing a pass on the edge of the box.

3′ Vulic whips a deep free-kick into the box and it is flicked into the air. It could have been an awkward one for Buffon but the experienced keeper gets two hands to the ball, taking out an opposition player in the process.

1′ KICK-OFF! Serie A’s bottom side Crotone get us up and running in Turin! Can the visitors pull off a huge upset by picking up just a fourth league win of the campaign?

Both sets of players are out on the field at the Allianz Stadium and kick-off is now just a few moments away. Reigning champions Juventus need a victory to close the gap on leaders Inter; Crotone need points to climb off the foot of the table.

Juventus are unbeaten in their five Serie A meetings against Crotone, though they have drawn the last two matches, including a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture four months ago. Only once have Crotone avoided defeat in three successive league games against a single opponent – Chievo Verona between 2016 and 2017 (three matches).

Crotone also show three alterations from their last match – a 2-1 loss against Sassuolo eight days ago – as Magallan, Molina and Vulic come in for Zanellato, Petriccione and Koffi Djidji. The visitors are expected to shape up in a 3-5-2 formation once again.

Pirlo has made three changes to Juve’s starting line-up on the back of the defeat to Porto. Veteran goalkeeper Buffon replaces Szczesny for his fifth league start of the season, while Demiral and Ramsey come in for Giorgio Chiellini and Adrien Rabiot, who are not part of the matchday squad.

Subs: Giovanni D’Aprile, Luca Marrone, Andrea Rispoli, Luca Cigarini, Marco Festa, Denis Dragus, Gian Marco Crespi, Simy Nwankwo, Emmanuel Riviere, Jacopo Petriccione, Niccolo Zanellato, Eduardo Henrique.

CROTONE XI (3-5-2): Alex Cordaz (c); Lisandro Magallan, Vladimir Golemic, Sebastiano Luperto; Pedro Pereira, Salvatore Molina, Junior Messias, Milos Vulic, Arkadiusz Reca; Samuel Di Carmine, Adam Ounas.

Subs: Gianluca Frabotta, Carlo Pinsoglio, Wojciech Szczesny, Federico Bernardeschi, Nicolo Fagioli, Daouda Peeters, Radu Dragusin, Alessandro Di Pardo.

JUVENTUS XI (4-4-2): Gianluigi Buffon (c); Danilo, Merih Demiral, Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro; Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Aaron Ramsey, Weston McKennie; Dejan Kulusevski, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Crotone have lost four league games in a row, conceding 11 goals in that run and scoring just twice. Giovanni Stroppa’s charges are bottom of the table, eight points adrift of safety with this game in hand to play.

Juventus lost 1-0 to Napoli last time out in the league and are now 11 points adrift of Inter, albeit with two games in hand to play on the leaders. Andrea Pirlo’s men also went down 2-1 to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie last week, so a big response is required here.

Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the Serie A meeting between Juventus and Crotone at the Allianz Stadium.

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