Juventus 1-1 Cagliari
Scorers: Pogba 45 (J), Rossettini 85 (C)
Serie A – Week 35 [Saturday, 9th May – 17:00 GMT] – Juventus Stadium
Paul Pogba scored on his comeback after 50 days out through but Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.
The Bianconeri fielded a second-string team as Max Allegri opted to rest many of his first team players in favour of an experimental 4-3-3 line-up. Pogba returned to the starting XI for the first time since Juve’s 2-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund back in February while on-loan midfielder Romulo made just his third appearance in Juve colours following a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
Juve started the first half the brighter of the two sides with Pogba turning his opponent and winning a free kick which he fired just inches wide of the near post. Pogba continued to test Zeljko Brkic from range with a series of long-range efforts before playing through Alessandro Matri who wasted his effort.
Cagliari weren’t without chances of their own as Claudio Marchisio had to perform a vital tackle on Diego Farias who fired wide, while Andrea Barzagli was on hand to deny Duje Cop on the counter. Simone Padoin and Romulo both had volleys of their own but both were directly at Brkic before Kingsley Coman fired his shot over the bar.
Juve eventually took the lead, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, when Pogba fired an effort from the edge of the box and the resulting shot deflected off Luca Ceppitelli to beat Brkic at the near post.
Padoin and Angelo Ogbonna were both called into action to deny Cop and Farias before Luca Rossettini put his header over the bar. Romulo improved as the game went on and his effort clipped the far post while Marco Sau;s half-volley bought a save from Marco Storari.
Juve looked to be cruising to victory but Cagliari scored a surprise equaliser. Joao Pedro’s free-kick was met by Rossettini who headed the ball inside of the far post and then turned in the rebound.
Man of the Match: Paul Pogba
Flop of the Match: N/A
Pass Accuracy: 84%
Shots on Target: 7
Total Shots: 12
Ball Possession: 48%
Juventus: Storari; Romulo, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Padoin; Pereyra (Vitale 75), Marchisio (Sturaro 59), Pogba (De Ceglie 63); Pepe, Matri, Coman
Cagliari: Brkic; Balzano, Rossettini, Ceppitelli (Diakite 73), Avelar; Donsah (Sau 68), Crisetig, Joao Pedro; Ekdal; Cop (Longo 77), Farias