LIVE: Juventus vs Spezia

LIVE: Juventus vs Spezia

15′ Chiesa drills a low effort across goal from 20 yards that flashes a few yards wide of the far post. 

13′ Spezia have made a promising start; they’ve hassled Juventus high up the pitch and it’s resulted in an exciting, open beginning to this game. 

11′ Chiesa has it in the net after finishing a one-on-one, but he’s called back for a clear offside.

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10′ Frabotta is booked after a dangerous high foot against Estevez.

10′ Kulusevski cuts inside and thumps a shot straight into Erlic from 12 yards.

8′ Chance for Spezia! The away side pour forward on the counter and Gyasi angles a clever switch to Farias, who slips Marchizza in behind where the defender fizzes a powerful effort into the side netting from a tight angle!

6′ Getting a result away from home is going to be a difficult mission for Spezia today. Juventus have won their last five Serie A home matches, scoring at least two goals in each of them (14 total in the process) and keeping a clean sheet in the most recent three.

4′ Spezia win a corner after a determined burst from Maggiore into the box, but Demiral heads it clear at the near post.   

2′ The away side settle into the game with a long spell of harmless possession inside their own half.

1′ Spezia get the first half underway.

The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!

Ronaldo has scored in nine of his 10 Serie A meetings against promoted sides (13 total goals) – only against Parma in his first such match (September 2018) has he failed to find the net.

Spezia, meanwhile, make four changes: Aguedelo, Ismajli, Bastoni and Riccardo Saponara all drop out.

Juventus make two changes to the side that drew with Verona last time out: McKennie comes in for Bernardeschi and Danilo replaces Ramsey.

SUBS: Daniele Verde, Kevin Agudelo, Ardian Ismajli, Roberto Piccoli, Jeroen Zoet, Andrej Galabinov, Gennaro Acampora, Lucien Agoume, Matteo Ricci, Julian Chabot, Simone Bastoni, Salvador Ferrer.

SPEZIA (4-3-3): Ivan Provedel; Luca Vignali, Claudio Terzi, Martin Erlic, Riccardo Marchizza; Nahuel Estevez, Leo Sena, Giulio Maggiore; Emmanuel Gyasi, M’Bala Nzola, Diego Farias.

SUBS: Aaron Ramsey, Gianluigi Buffon, Radu Dragusin, Alessandro Di Pardo, Nicolo Fagioli, Matthijs de Ligt, Carlo Pinsoglio, Federico Bernardeschi, Daouda Peeters, Marley, Alvaro Morata.

JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Merih Demiral, Alex Sandro, Gianluca Frabotta; Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot, Weston McKennie; Dejan Kulusevski, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spezia, meanwhile, are in inconsistent form having lost three and won two in their last six matches. They do sit comfortably above the relegation zone in 14th spot though, and they’ll be hoping to climb further away from danger today.

Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Serie A fixture between Juventus and Spezia. The hosts enter this one 10 points behind leaders Inter in the table and they’ll be desperate to win this game in hand and close the gap.   

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