Alvaro Morata scores first Juventus goal since his return but ten-man Champions are held by newly-promoted Crotone as striker sees late winner denied by VAR

  • Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo gave Crotone an unlikely lead from the spot
  • Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since his return to Juve to level things up 
  • Federico Chiesa was sent off on his Juve debut with half an hour to play 
  • Morata thought he scored the winner for the away side but VAR ruled out strike 

Juventus winger Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut and the Serie A champions also had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside by the tiniest of margins as they were held to a 1-1 draw at promoted Crotone on Saturday.

Chiesa, signed from Fiorentina during the recent transfer window, was given a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Luca Cigarini on the hour.

Juventus, missing Cristiano Ronaldo after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, thought they had scored a winner when Alvaro Morata turned the ball in from close range in the 77th minute but a long VAR review showed his heel was offside.

Crotone had taken the lead with a Simy penalty in the 12th minute before Morata levelled from Chiesa’s assist nine minutes later. Juve, chasing a 10th straight title, have eight points from four games while Crotone picked up their first point

Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since returning to Juventus as they drew 1-1 with Crotone

Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since returning to Juventus as they drew 1-1 with Crotone

Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo gave the newly-promoted side an unlikely lead from the spot

 Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo gave the newly-promoted side an unlikely lead from the spot

 

 

A reduced number of spectators were allowed into the Ezio Scida Stadium for the clash

A reduced number of spectators were allowed into the Ezio Scida Stadium for the clash

Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut for the Serie A Champions with half an hour to play

Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut for the Serie A Champions with half an hour to play

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