Arkadiusz Milik stirred up pandemonium in Turin. But then the real Serie A chaos began

arkadiusz Milik knew the punishment but still committed the offense, as he tore his shirt off and threw it in the air as he headed towards the Juventus fans behind the goal. They came down with it, delirium and disbelief. In the 91st minute, their team fell 2-1 at home to Salerno. Now, at 95, Milik scored to give them a 3-2 lead.

A return worth the parcel for. Milik had received a yellow card 10 minutes earlier, so his celebration would earn him a red badge. Even after referee Matteo Marcinaro showed him to him, the striker continued to level five of his teammates on his way toward the tunnel.

Salernitana may not be a glamorous opponent – the team that spent most of last season in the relegation zone – but Juventus needed that one. They only had two victories out of their first five Serie A matches, before they won Beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. This was supposed to be the season in which they returned to the top of Italian football. Massimiliano Allegri said in July that his team had a “duty” to win the Scudetto.

Milik’s goal seemed like a turning point, Juventus Recovering from two goals behind, he rediscovers the trait that was defining her: the ability to win only when they don’t deserve it. Subsequently, it was deleted by the VAR review.

Marcinaro was sent to the screen and showed footage of Leonardo Bonucci behind the Salernitana defense as Milik headed the goal from a corner kick. The Juventus player, unsuccessfully, tried to communicate. In Marcenaro’s interpretation, Bonucci was interfering with play. There is debate about this, given that the ball already seemed out of reach of goalkeeper Luigi Seppi. Less controversial was the fact that the camera angle was wrong – completely missing was Antonio Candreva, who moved towards the corner flag and was playing with everyone on the other side.

One controversy became mired in the next. A brawl over the bench resulted in more red cards for Juve’s Juan Cuadrado and Salernitana’s Federico Fazio, as well as Allegri himself. None of them should serve his comment as unfortunate as Melek: expelled for celebrating a wrongful goal. He posted a video clip showing Kandreva’s stance on his social media channels on Sunday, saying he had “no words”.

The Polish striker was a bright note on this disappointing start to Juventus, joining on loan from Marseille at the end of the transfer window and scoring in each of his previous two league matches. He has known mixed fortunes since his departure from Napoli to join the French club last year, with torrential spots punctuated by nagging droughts and injuries.

Seen as a backup for Duzan Vlahovic, another tall and muscular No. 9 who could take on a similar role, Milik’s quick start could heighten invitations for the two to play together. Despite scoring 4 goals in his first four league games, and a properly disallowed goal for offside on Sunday, Vlahovic often appeared aloof in attack.

Allegri called for patience in his pre-match press conference, reminding reporters that Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria and Federico Chiesa were all injured and confirmed that a whole new season would start after the World Cup. Juventus won five of nine consecutive league titles during his previous run, but he didn’t always start quickly in those seasons either. In 2015-16, they had five points from their first six games, but finished at 91.

Arkadiusz Milik of Juventus celebrated after thinking he had won the Juventus match. Photo: Jonathan Muskrupp/Getty Images

There is still concern among supporters. Allegri’s reassignment last summer was supposed to lead to a return to a “fair win” mentality in the 2000s, abandoning the ideal that prompted the club to hire Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo. As Allegri repeated: “We don’t need to be lovable losers, but we are unpleasant winners.” But if you fail to win, you are left with the worst of both worlds.

The lack of enthusiasm for this team emerged from the empty seats at the Allianz Stadium. Salernitana Travel Support offered a contrast. There were officially 1,300 fills outside the remote division, but only a few became evident when their team shot to the top early on.

Never in their history had Salernitana progressed with two goals in the first half in a league A match, however this was well deserved. Time and time again they caught Juve with long balls, and it was a right-to-left pass from Dylan Braun that found Pasquale Mazzucci, who made a three-step move to freeze Weston McKinney before lashing Candreva’s cross to score at the back post.

The second came from a penalty kick, turning Krzysztof Piatek into injury time in the first half. The striker himself got the chance when his shot hit Gleeson Bremer’s hand after a direct play on the right flank.

Bremer brought Juventus back into the game with a powerful header early in the second half, but Salernitana didn’t shrivel. The hosts shouted loudly, but were on their way to defeat until a clumsy challenge from Tony Vilhena awarded them a penalty in the 91st minute. Seppi saved Bonucci’s attempt but the Juventus player did well on the rebound.

Then came Milik’s header, errors in the VAR booth and the abundance of red cards. By the time the dust settled, both teams might have considered this a missed opportunity. Juventus were wronged, but Salernitana was within walking distance of a famous win.

A dramatic ending between Juventus and Salernitana.

Arkadiusz Milik thought he had scored a 96th-minute winner for the Old Lady, having come from 2-0 down to win 3-2…

But the goal was ruled out through VAR and Milik was given a second yellow card for taking his shirt off.

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Dramatic end between Juventus and Salernitana.

Arkadiusz Milik thought he scored the winning goal in the 96th minute for the old lady, having come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2…

But the goal was disallowed by the video assistant referee, and Milik was given a second yellow card for removing him from his shirt.

Football on BT Sport (btsportfootball) September 11, 2022

It’s a world away from where Salernitana was at the end of 2021, when 16 fans made a 1,000-mile round trip to attend a match canceled due to Covid. Back then, they were at the bottom and about to be kicked out of the league due to conflicting interests Created by sharing owner with Lazio.

The situation was finally resolved with Daniele Irvolino taking charge, before landing escape specialist Davide Nicola was appointed as manager. Salernitana collected more points from the next 14 games than from the first 23 games and made it to safety with one to spare.

This season they aspire to the top. After a falling out with Salernitana’s famous sporting director Walter Sabatini, Irvolino replaced him with Morgan de Sanctis and began reforming the team. Fifteen players were added, with expenses in excess of 40 million euros. Nikola was kept and offered a chance to show he could do more than just a rescue mission.

So far, the results have been impressive. Salernitana’s only loss was against Roma at the weekend. Heading into Sunday’s game, they can boast better possession stats and more shots on goal than their opponents.

Sampdoria 1-2 Milan, Internazionale 1-0 Torino, Napoli 1-0 Spezia, Juventus 2-2 Salernitana, Lazio 2-0 Verona, Sassuolo 1-3 Udinese, Lecce 1-1 Monza, Bologna 2-1 Fiorentina, Atalanta 1-1 Cremonese


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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan, International 1-0 Turin, Napoli 1-0 Spezia, Juventus 2-2 Salernitana, Lazio 2-0 Verona, Sassuolo 1-3 Udinese, Lecce 1-1 Monza, Bologna 2-1 Fiorentina, Atalanta 1 -1 Creamon Bolt

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New arrivals were quickly integrated. Piatek was in his prime, but his impressive partner, Boulay Deya, scored three goals and two assists already. Giulio Maggiore, the 24-year-old signed from Spezia, has held out more than himself in a midfield battle with Argentina international Leandro Paredes.

“I think those were two points we lost,” Piatek said after the final whistle. Salernitana was lucky not to lose, but disappointed not to win at the same time.