McKennie And Arthur Give Juventus Victory Against Bologna


MILAN (AP) – Weston McKennie scored the goal as Juventus sealed a 2-0 win over Bologna on Sunday and bounced back from a disappointing loss to Inter Milan the previous weekend in Serie A.

The American midfielder signed the second Juventus goal, at 71 minutes, after Arthur overtook the Bianconeri in the first half.

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Juventus, champion of the last nine seasons in the Italian league, came within seven points of leader Milan, who lost at home to Atalanta on Saturday.

Inter, second in the standings, also scored points by drawing 0-0 on their visit to Udinese.

La Vecchia Signora, which has a pending match, was in fourth place, two above Napoli sixth. The southern club succumbed 3-1 on their visit to Hellas Verona, despite having gone ahead with Mexican Hirving Lozano’s goal in less than nine seconds.

“It was very important to us. We were aware that the two Milan clubs had given up points, “said McKennie. “We have a pending game, and we have to be local against both here in Turin.”

“You had to win today, get three points closer. I think we will have a fight until the end of the season, and it will be seen who wants it more ”, he added.

Juventus had just lost 2-0 to Inter in the league, but boosted morale by beating Napoli by the same score on Wednesday to become champion of the Italian Super Cup.

Those led by Andrea Pirlo needed a bit of luck to go ahead in the quarter hour against Bologna in Turin. Arthur tried his luck with his shot and a rival managed to deflect it to nest in the lower right corner.

It was the Brazilian midfielder’s first goal after reaching Juventus from Barcelona in June.

Juventus had more chances to increase the difference, especially when Bologna goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski showed off to cover successive shots by Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi.

It wasn’t until the final stretch that Juventus scored the second goal when McKennie headed in a corner kick for his fourth goal as Bianconeri.

EARLY MORNING GOAL OF LOZANO

Chucky Lozano stamped his name in Napoli’s history books as the fastest goal scorer in goal history in Serie A, and the third fastest in the honor division.

Lozano put Napoli ahead by timing 8.9 seconds, according to Opta. The official provider of the statistics reported that the Mexican striker was behind Rafael Leão and Paolo Poggi.

Leão broke Poggi’s 19-year record when he scored for Milan in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo last month.

Federico Dimarco carried some of the blame on Lozano’s goal, but the Verona defender redeemed himself from his mistake by initiating and culminating the tying action at 34.

Antonín Barák scored the final difference goal at 62 after an assist from Mattia Zaccagni, who sentenced at 79.

Napoli are sixth, tied on points with seventh Lazio, who beat visiting Sassuolo 2-1. Sergej Milinković-Savić and Ciro Immobile scored for the capital club’s fourth victory.

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Mattia Destro scored the goal with which Genoa beat Cagliari 1-0, in a duel between teams seeking to save themselves from relegation.

Genoa was four points ahead of Cagliari, third to last in the 20-team standings.

Parma stayed one point behind Cagliari after losing 20 at home to Sampdoria.

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