In an absolutely unbelievable match at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, the Bianconeri emerged victorious thanks in large part to some individual performances.
Everybody knew that tonight’s match was going to be a dogfight to the end, and at the final whistle, the team who has been setting records this season take 3 points home on what could be the title winning weekend.
The match started off in a barnstorming fashion with Juventus and Fiorentina both looking for the first blow. However, this match wasn’t by any means controversy-free as in the first half both Khedira and Bernardeschi both had goals waved offside respectively. The Bernardeschi call is a question of millimeters, and that’s not an exaggeration.
In the late going of the first half, Dybala crossed into the box from the right hand side to meet the oncoming Paul Pogba who headed down to Mario Mandzukic for the opener. The Croatian fired home a one touch bullet into the bottom left corner of the net, leaving Tataranasu completely exposed and giving Juventus the lead.
The Pogba show continued throughout the match with individual pieces of skill that you will see all over the internet the next couple of days, but he did however miss a chance to give Juventus a 2-0 lead, which in the end could’ve cost the Old Lady all three points.
In the second half, Leonardo Bonucci made a dribbling mistake that will remind him of his old self from about 5 years ago, Nikola Kalinic was there and he fired home a curling effort past Gianluigi Buffon from about 18 yards out. It was game on with Fiorentina gunning for all three points. However within a few minutes, Juventus earned a corner that was headed back across the face of goal, deflected and fell directly into the path of Alvaro Morata for the go-ahead goal for the Bianconeri.
In the 88th minute, the freshly-entered Juan Cuadrado drug down Nikola Kalinic in the box for a penalty, which in itself will cause some controversy but especially given that it was a soft, late called penalty. Kalinic decided to take the penalty, but in a miraculous dive, Buffon stopped the penalty and saved the rebound shot by Bernardeschi.
Juventus claimed yet another win in Florence and depending on the Roma-Napoli game tomorrow, could lift the Scudetto before next weekend’s match at the Juventus Stadium.