A stoppage-time personal aim from Lorenzo Venuti has gifted Juventus a 1-0 win over Fiorentina of their Italian Cup semi-final first leg, as Dusan Vlahovic was greeted by whistles and jeers as he returned to his former membership.
Vlahovic moved from Fiorentina to Juve as a part of a deal that made him the most costly signing in Europe’s January switch window.
Round 10,000 whistles had been handed out to Fiorentina followers earlier than Wednesday night time’s match they usually had been used profusely all through the warmup and through the recreation by followers in Florence who clearly had not forgiven the Serbian striker for leaving.
In a hostile environment, the house aspect had the higher of the first-half possibilities, with Jonathan Ikone drilling simply large halfway by the opening interval, as Juve and Vlahovic had been unable to threaten in any respect in attacking areas.
Vlahovic’s finest probability got here early within the second half, however he couldn’t loft the ball over Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano when put by on aim.
Fiorentina appeared the almost certainly to discover a winner to take to Turin for subsequent month’s second leg, with Ikone denied by the submit from their clearest opening, earlier than misfortune struck, proper on the final.
Juan Cuadrado’s cross was geared toward Vlahovic, but it surely was misdirected and Venuti may solely watch on in horror because the ball bounced off his knee and rolled agonisingly into the web to offer Juve a win they didn’t fully deserve