Return Merih Demiral falls into the water; Immobile claims legendary record


Saturday, August 1, 2020 at

Juventus did not end the season in style. The Dutch champion lost 1-3 on Saturday evening on the last day without the injured Matthijs de Ligt from AS Roma. Justin Kluivert has played as a substitute for the Romans in the last twenty minutes, who finish the season fifth and will therefore be active in the Europa League next year. Merih Demiral played his first game at Juventus since January 6. At the same time, Lazio lost 3-1 to Napoli, but the team of trainer Simone Inzaghi was already assured of fourth place and also helped top scorer Ciro Immobile with a nice record.

Juventus – AS Roma 1-3
At Juventus, the sights were already focused on next week’s Champions League game with Olympique Lyon, because besides De Ligt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, among others, were also missing from the selection of Maurizio Sarri. Gonzalo Higuaín got his chance at the point of the attack and he already proved his worth after five minutes of football. The Argentinian veteran reacted attentively in the goal mouth after Adrien Rabiot extended a corner: 1-0. However, AS Roma didn’t need long to reply, as a good header by Nikola Kalinic brought in the equalizer again in the 23rd minute.

The team of coach Paulo Fonseca continued and managed to completely tilt the match in the first half. Riccardo Calafiori earned a penalty just before half-time, after which Diego Perotti Wojciech Szczesny was the boss from eleven meters: 1-2. Shortly after the interruption, AS Roma managed to walk further away from Juventus. Nicolò Zaniolo had a wonderful through pass at Perotti, after which the playmaker completed a blood-eyed eye to eye with Szczesny. Just before that Demiral had incidentally made his comeback at Juventus, after the Turkish defender had suffered a serious knee injury in January.

Naples 3-1 Lazio
Because Ronaldo was not with Juventus, Immobile knew in advance that he would end the season as top scorer of Serie A. Lazio’s thirty-year-old striker, however, was still chasing the Serie A record of Higuaín against Napoli, who the 2015/2016 season scored 36 goals on behalf of Napoli, more than any player ever in one Serie A football year. Immobile didn’t take long to match Higuain’s record as he managed to find it after just 22 minutes assisted by Adam Marusic.

It meant the 1-1 in the game, as Fabián Ruiz had led Napoli in the ninth minute. The Spanish midfielder was unlocked about twenty meters from the goal by Dries Mertens, after which he found the top corner very nice from almost the position. Mertens was also important in the 2-1, shortly after the break. The Belgian was knocked out in the sixteen by Marco Parolo, after which the penalty kick that was followed was used by Lorenzo Insigne. Matteo Politano determined the final score in injury time, after another assist from Mertens.


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