Juventus hit rock bottom in Haifa and lose Di Maria

Juventus hit rock bottom in Haifa and lose Di Maria

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) – Defensively overwhelmed and off offense, Juventus Turin lost 2-0 on Maccabi Haifa’s turf on Tuesday and lost to Angel Di Maria, being shot in the hip and greatly jeopardizing their chances of qualifying for the Champions League qualifiers.

Three days after their loss at AC Milan (2-0), Massimiliano Allegri’s team got off to a rough start to the season, again losing.

Juve, who is only eighth in Serie A, is not doing well in C1 with just one win in four days. The Turins are in third place in Group H, four points behind co-leaders Paris SG and Benfica Lisbon, who faced each other in the evening (9:00 pm).

However, a week ago, Juve had scored their first points against the same Maccabi in Turin (3-1). Returning to Israel turned out to be much more complicated.

As with taking PSG, Maccabi’s entry put pressure on the opponent. But if Paris had managed to beat the match (3-1), Juve would never have been able to fake it.

From the 4th minute on, Wojciech Szczesny had to fend off a header from former Guingamp player Frantzdy Pierrot. However, in another attempt by Ömer Atzili, the Polish goalkeeper could do nothing. Left alone by the Bianconera defense, the Israeli winger took over with a header from France’s Pierre Cornud (1-0, 7th).

The Israeli formation nearly doubled the bet (12th place) when Suriname’s Tjaronn Chery’s free kick hit the crossbar. Then Atzili tried his luck again on a long shot that Szczesny managed to get away (13th).

Di Maria injured

The Bianconeri’s dark night continued as Angel Di Maria, who had shone with three assists against Maccabi in Turin last week, was knocked out after touching the back of his right thigh in the 23rd minute. The old Parisian was replaced by the old Marseillais Arkadiusz Milik.

Juventus midfielder Angel Di Maria was shot in the hip against Maccabi in Haifa on 11 October 2002.
Juventus midfielder Angel Di Maria was shot in the hip against Maccabi in Haifa on 11 October 2002. JACK GUEZ AFP

A bad omen for Argentina’s selection a few weeks before the World Cup (20 November-18 December), AS Roma’s compatriot Paulo Dybala had to leave the league on Sunday for the same reason.

The match turned into a nightmare for the Turins with Atzili’s second goal. Served by Pierrot, the Israeli deceived Szczesny with a shot through the skylight (2-0, 42nd).

Just before the break, Dusan Vlahovic got Juve’s first real shot, but his powerful header was parried by goalkeeper Josh Cohen. Defender Sean Goldberg then prevented Milik from getting the ball back.

In the second period, “Old Woman” continued her timid awakening, but Cohen repulsed the danger with a header from Daniele Rugani (54th).

Juve could have taken a penalty after Cornud attacked Juan Cuadrado. After using VAR, the referee did not finally whistle in favor of Turinese (67th).

“I am ashamed of what is happening right now,” Juve president Andrea Agnelli told Sky Sport Italia. “In a situation like this, it’s not a single person issue. It’s a group issue, a general attitude issue,” the leader said. “Allegri will remain as coach of Juventus” as Saturday’s derby against Turin approaches.

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