Ten-Man Juve Beat Inter To Keep Champions League Hopes Alive

Juventus' Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado celebrates after scoring his first goal during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Inter on May 15, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Isabella BONOTTO / AFP
Juventus’ Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado celebrates after scoring his first goal during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Inter on May 15, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.
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Juan Cuadrado scored twice, including a late penalty, as Juventus beat Inter Milan 3-2 to keep their Champions League hopes alive on Saturday in a game in which both teams finished a man down.

Juve moved up to fourth equal on points with third-placed AC Milan and two points ahead of Napoli who both play on Sunday.

The win ended the 20-match unbeaten run of Inter who had denied Juventus a 10th consecutive league title this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty after 24 minutes but turned in the rebound to bring his tally to a Serie A leading tally 29 goals this campaign.

But Inter got back level nine minutes later with a Romelu Lukaku penalty.

Juve pulled ahead before half-time when Cuadrado blasted in past Samir Handanovic.

Juve played most of the second half a man down after Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off for a second yellow car for a Lukaku tackle.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini turned into his own net with seven minutes to go but in a dramatic end to the game Juve were awarded a penalty for an Ivan Perisic foul on Cuadrado which the Colombian converted.

Inter also finished the game a man down with Marcelo Brozovic getting a second booking in injury time.

(From L) Inter Milan's Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan's Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan's Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi recat after Juventus scored an own goal during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Inter on May 15, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Isabella BONOTTO / AFP
(From L) Inter Milan’s Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi recat after Juventus scored an own goal during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Inter on May 15, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Isabella BONOTTO / AFP

 

Earlier Atalanta sealed their spot in the Champions League for a third consecutive season with a 4-3 win over Genoa.

The Bergamo side are second, three points ahead of AC Milan and Juventus, and are assured of elite European football before the two teams go head-to-head next weekend.

Atalanta paved the way with three first half goals.

Ruslan Malinovskyi set up Duvan Zapata for the opener and then scored himself, with Robin Gosens grabbing a third before the break.

Mario Pasalic added a fourth six minutes after the break before 14th-placed Genoa hit back with an Eldor Shomurodov brace either side of a Goran Pandev goal just after an hour.

“For us, returning to the Champions League this year tastes better,” said coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who brought the Bergamo side to elite European football for the first time in the 2019-2020 season.

“Three times in the Champions League is a great achievement. The trophy would be the icing on the cake, but we are convinced that we have won a lot anyway.”

Atalanta will bid for just their second ever trophy in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus next Wednesday in Reggio Emilia.

The club won the Coppa Italia back in 1963.

Even if Milan, who host 16th-placed Cagliari on Sunday, win their last two matches, Atalanta are now assured of a top-four finish.

 

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Ronaldo, Others Risk Legal Actions For Breach Of COVID-19 Rules

 

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with (From 2ndL) Juventus’ Brazilian defender Danilo, Juventus’ Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and Juventus’ Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado after scoring the 2-2 equalizer during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Juventus on September 27, 2020 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and other top Juventus players could face legal action for rejoining their national teams despite coronavirus rules after two positive cases at the Italian champions, local health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday.

As well as the Portuguese star, several South Americans including Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur also left the Juventus team hotel without awaiting test results this week, according to Italian media reports.

“The club itself told us that some players had left the place of isolation and therefore we will notify the competent authority, that is the prosecutor, of what happened,” said Roberto Testi, a director of the health authority in the Piedmont region, quoted by the Ansa news agency.

The entire Juventus team and staff were isolating from Saturday, a procedure that does not prevent them from training or playing, but prohibits contact with the outside.

Both virus case at the club were among the team’s non-playing staff.

Several other internationals called up to their national sides will be able to leave as soon as they get the all-clear, including France’s Adrien Rabiot, Italians Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, Wales’ Aaron Ramsey and Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny.\

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Cuadrado Extends Juventus Deal Until 2022

 

Colombian international Juan Cuadrado has followed Leonardo Bonucci’s example by extending his contract with Juventus, penning a deal until 2022, the Serie A champions announced on Thursday.

The 31-year-old winger joined Juventus on loan from Chelsea in 2015, making the move permanent two years later for 20 million euros ($22 million).

Cuadrado has won the Serie A title four times, along with three Italian Cup and an Italian SuperCup, scoring 15 goals and contributing 28 assists in 151 games.

This season Maurizio Sarri has used Cuadrado mainly as a full-back because of an injury crisis among the defenders.

The Colombian has spent most of his career in Italy with Udinese, Lecce and Fiorentina before moving to Chelsea where he won the Premier League in 2015.