Last-gasp Cuadrado winner ends Juventus slump with Fiorentina win

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TURIN (Reuters) -Juan Cuadrado’s stoppage-time strike earned Juventus a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday as the Turin club ended a three-match winless league run. 

The Colombian substitute beat goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano at his near post with a powerful effort in the dying minutes to clinch victory, despite a poor Juve performance in which they failed to muster a shot on target until the 86th minute. 

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic’s dismissal in the 73rd minute injected some life into the home side as Federico Chiesa blasted a shot off the crossbar and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside before Cuadrado broke through at the death. 

“We are happy with the win, we will continue on this line,” Cuadrado told DAZN.

“We are a team and a family, we have to fight for our team-mates until the end.” 

It was coach Massimiliano Allegri’s 200th win as Juventus coach in all competitions, making him only the third manager to achieve the feat since 1929/30 after Giovanni Trapattoni (319 wins) and Marcello Lippi (227). 

But the 54-year-old’s side did little to suggest an imminent transformation in form after an underwhelming display.

The result leaves eighth-placed Juventus on 18 points, level with Fiorentina above them.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Editing by Toby Davis)

Photo – Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and ACF Fiorentina in Turin, Italy, 06 November 2021. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

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