Dusan Vlahovic saved a point for Juventus with a last-gasp leveller in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bologna who finished the match with nine men following a hotly-contested decision to not give Juve a late penalty.
Serbia forward Vlahovic headed in Alvaro Morata’s overhead kick from practically on the goalline to save some face after in-form Marko Arnautovic had put Bologna in the lead seven minutes after the break with his 12th goal of the season.
A beautiful spring evening in Turin had begun with the return of club icon Alessandro Del Piero, who made his first official appearance at the Allianz Stadium since leaving the club against his will in 2012 and was given a standing ovation from fans.
However Juve were uninspired despite the presence of the World Cup winner and Vlahovic’s leveller in the fifth minute of stoppage time couldn’t mask a poor display which left them eight points behind league leaders AC Milan with five matches remaining after the Easter weekend.
“Earlier in the season we would have lost this match, so let’s look at it as a glass that’s half-full,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, who didn’t comment on the bizarre sequence of events on which the match turned.
Adama Soumaoro was sent off six minutes from the end for his desperate attempt to stop Morata from equalising, which after a VAR check – and Juan Cuadrado hitting the post in front of an open goal – was ruled to have happened outside the area.
In the confusion, Gary Medel became so livid with referee Juan Luca Sacchi that he was booked twice within seconds and also off the field, while Juve were baffled at how the VAR officials could have ruled Soumaoro’s challenge outside the area.