Juventus suffer a 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina in 1st loss of season

Juventus suffer a 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina in 1st loss of season

- Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season to Fiorentina at Allianz Stadium

- The visitors were too much for the Old Lady to handle as Alex Sandro scored an own goal in the process

- They are now seven points behind log leaders AC Milan a few days before Christmas

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Juventus' title contention suffered a major setback following their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium.

The loss was the Old Lady's heaviest since the 2020-21 campaign kicked off in the ninth month of the outgoing year.

Dusan Vlahovic needed just three minutes to hand the visitors the lead through a classy finish after chipping the ball above the reach of Wojciech Szczesny.

The 20-year-old Serbian broke out in between Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci in the middle of the park before racing towards the home team's danger zone and then sent the ball into the net.

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Juventus vs Fiorentina: Andrea Pirlo's men suffered a 3-0 defeat to The Purples

Juventus vs Fiorentina: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fine header but it was ruled out for offside. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop
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It was a beautiful counter-attacking move as Andrea Pirlo's men were out there looking for an early goal but their high-line defence backfired on them.

The night got even worse for the Serie A defending champions after the centre referee handed Juan Cuadrado straight red for a dangerous tackle on Gaetano Castrovilli in the 18th minute.

However, Pirlo's men managed to keep the scoreline honourable in the opening half as they were able to keep their guests from disturbing their goalkeeper.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo gave his best but it appeared that was not good enough for the hosts.

The 35-year-old scored a beautiful header but the goal was chopped off for offside even without the consultation of VAR as he was already standing in that position before the cross was made.

After so much pressure from the away team, Juventus gave way for the second goal in the 76th minute through an own goal from Alex Sandro.

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The 29-year-old Brazilian deflected a cross from Fiorentina into the back of his own net while a close-range effort from Martin Caceres in the 81st minute sealed the triumph for the guests.

Juve's defeat came hours after losing three points they were initially awarded for a Napoli no-show earlier in the season and they are now fourth with seven points behind AC Milan on the log.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo voted for Robert Lewandowski for the number one spot, while Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe completed the top three.

The Bayern Munich striker emerged winner of FIFA The Best Men's player as Messi and Ronaldo came second and third respectively. Lewandowski was the top scorer in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the Golden Boot winner in all of Europe last season.

Ronaldo showed his class as he picked Lewandowski and Messi for the accolade and reiterated the fact that he is not a rival with the Barcelona star.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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