Danilo fires Juve second in Serie A


Danilo made sure that Juventus paid the perfect tribute to deceased former captain Gianluca Vialli by netting the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Udinese which fired the Turin giants second in Serie A.

Massimilano Allegri’s team jumped one point above AC Milan and to within just four of league leaders Napoli thanks to a beautifully-constructed goal finished off by the Brazilian defender four minutes from the end at the Allianz Stadium.

Danilo extended Juve’s league winning streak to eight games, a run in which they haven’t conceded a goal, after Federico Chiesa controlled fellow substitute Leandro Paredes’ delicate chip and then played a perfect pass across goal.

That was one of the few clear-cut chances Juve created against eighth-placed Udinese, who were missing their talisman Gerard Deulofeu and are winless in nine matches.

On Friday, Juve travel to Napoli, who on Sunday are in action at Sampdoria, where former Italy forward Vialli – a victim of pancreatic cancer – played most of his football and may be mourned the most.

“After the win our first thoughts go to Gianluca Vialli. He was a great guy, I was lucky enough to have had him in my life,” said Italy forward Chiesa.

The 25-year-old was part of the Italy team which won Euro 2020, and hailed Vialli’s role in that triumph despite him not having a coaching role with the Azzurri set-up.

“You could speak for hours and hours about what a great man he was,” Chiesa added. “This win is for him.”

Champions Milan will move back into second if they beat Roma, and sit two points ahead of Inter Milan after Denzel Dumfries’ stoppage-time own goal led to them drawing 2-2 at Monza.

Spirited Monza are nine points clear of the relegation zone in their first ever Serie A season thanks to Dumfries deflecting former Inter youth player Luca Caldirola’s header into his own net.

However Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was livid that a Francesco Acerbi strike had not been given 10 minutes earlier because referee Juan Luca Sacchi blew for a non-existent foul before the ball went in, leaving VAR powerless to intervene.

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