Vlahovic double sink Sassuolo

18 Aug 2022 | 08:25 | Football

Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus celebrates scoring the second goal with his teammates. Photo: Reuters


Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus celebrates scoring the second goal with his teammates. Photo: Reuters

Dusan Vlahovic gave Juventus a comfortable 3-0 win over Sassuolo with a brace in Monday’s Serie A opener while Victor Osimhen was racially abused by Verona fans in the 5-2 win for Napoli. .

Serbian striker Vlahovic gave Juve a two-goal lead just before half-time from the penalty spot after being fouled by Gian Marco Ferrari, and ended the game like a race after Angel Di Maria’s clever cross. six minutes after starting again.

Argentinian winger Di Maria put Juve on a poor winning path with his first Serie A goal, an incorrect volley in the 26th minute of his debut after arriving as a self-made player. due this summer.

“It’s really a great feeling and it’s a pleasure to play with such a great player,” said Di Maria’s Vlahovic, who was substituted with a thigh injury midway through the second half.

“I should thank him for the support he has given me. I am very happy and hope to be on the side of others. I think we can work well together.”

Massimiliano Allegri’s side are without returning hero Paul Pogba, with a knee injury until next month and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is out injured.

However, Allegri gave Filip Kostic his Juve debut from the bench, a new face alongside the excellent Di Maria that could rejuvenate a team that had been sluggish in the face of weak resistance at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve are also interested in Leandro Paredes and Memphis Depay as they try to claim the title after falling 16 points behind champions AC Milan last season.

Sassuolo, with key players like Giacomo Raspadori and Domenico Berardi being transfer targets to bigger clubs, has endured the excruciating pain of being knocked out of the Cup by local rivals Modena this season. and they don’t perform better in Turin.

Alessio Dionisi’s side didn’t wake up until they were three goals ahead and by that time Juve were content to sit back and watch the results, a cushion big enough had been set up that the away team would never flip. reverse.

Osimhen responds to the taunts of the crowd
Osimhen was one of the scorers for Napoli, who before the start paid tribute to their former goalkeeper, Claudio Garella, who won the Serie A title in the 1980s with both the biggest club in the South. Italy and Verona.

An AFP reporter at the match heard a chunk of the home side’s support hurling monkey calls in front of Nigeria midway through the first half, before he stretched across to head over Giovanni Di Lorenzo in extra time. hours to give the visitors a 2-1 lead in the first half. -time.

This is the latest episode of racist chanting at Verona, who have a long history of far-right sympathies among their hardline supporters.

After scoring his first goal of the season, Osimhen removed his protective mask and mimicked crying in front of the camera by the pitch, suggesting he had heard the abuse before his goal even though he later don’t talk about it with DAZN.

“I think it’s important to start well because we’ve lost some important players, real leaders in the team. And of course, we have to keep going,” said Osimhen.

Napoli has had a rough summer after losing the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens and with frustrated fans demanding that movie mogul owner Aurelio De Laurentiis sell the game. club.

However, Luciano Spalletti’s side are in top form at Stadio Bentegodi, with goals from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen, Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka and Matteo Politano ensuring them a perfect start.

Verona fought and was leveled early in the second half through Kevin Lasagna and Thomas Henry, but were without the stars of last season Giovanni Simeone – en route to Napoli on loan – and Gianluca Caprari, Gabriele Cioffi’s side. can do it meager second half onslaught.

It was another crushing defeat after being knocked out of the Italian Cup and humiliated by second-place Bari, a 4-1 loss two weeks ago suggesting it could be a long campaign for the surprise pack. of the previous season.