Morata’s bike stunt helps Juventus draw with Bologna
A spectacular kick from Álvaro Morata led to stoppage time scoring for Juventus to draw nine-man Bologna 1-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
Morata’s acrobatic effort went far until Dušan Vlahović met him with a header at the far post which found the target to save a point for the Bianconeri. They had been denied a penalty in a disputed VAR decision moments earlier.
Juventus remained fourth, moving within three points of third-placed Napoli, who host fifth-placed Roma on Monday.
Marko Arnautović gave Bologna the lead after the break by running over a through ball from Roberto Soriano and rounding the goalkeeper to lay the ball into an empty net.
Bologna’s last six goals have all come from Arnautović, who has 12 this season.
They play for ailing coach Siniša Mihajlović, who is hospitalized while being treated for the return of his leukaemia.
Morata believed he had earned a late penalty at Juventus when he appeared to have been fouled inside the box by Adama Soumaoro, but no penalty was awarded after a VAR review revealed felt that the foul occurred outside the box. Soumaoro received a red card after the review for dissent. In the ensuing Bologna protests, Gary Medel was also expelled, leaving the visitors with nine men.
Vlahović then scored his 22nd goal this season, after joining Fiorentina in January, and the 50th of his Serie A career.
Fiorentina edged visiting Venice 1-0 with a goal from Lucas Torreira to move up to sixth and a potential spot in Europe.
La Viola have won three games in a row, six of their last eight games, and are unbeaten in six consecutive matches.
Torreira scored from close range from a free-kick after Igor Julio took the ball from the backline. Torreira, who is on loan from Arsenal, also helped set up a Jonathan Ikone shot that hit the post.
Fiorentina went level with Lazio, who drew Turin 1-1 after an injury-time equalizer from Ciro Immobile, and a point behind Roma.
Having finished 13th last season after risking relegation at one point, the Viola are the most improved side in Serie A under first-year manager Vincenzo Italiano.
La Viola travel to Juventus in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Wednesday.
Venezia remained in the drop zone after a seventh straight loss.
IN SEARCH OF SECURITY
Last-placed Salernitana and 17th-placed Cagliari each ended tough spells with wins that could be key to avoiding relegation.
Federico Fazio and Ederson netted early for Salernitana to beat Sampdoria 2-1 and celebrate the southern club’s first victory in more than three months. It was also Salernitana’s first victory under Davide Nicola, who was appointed as the club’s third manager this season in February.
Salernitana remained in last place but moved within four points of safety with two games less.
Alessandro Deiola flew before the break as Cagliari beat Sassuolo 1-0 to end a five-game losing streak and move six points clear of the drop zone.
Moreover, Udinese beat Empoli 4-1. Empoli’s winless streak reached 16 matches.
There are no games on Sunday due to the Easter holidays.
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