Serie A match report Juventus v Empoli 28 August 2021

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Bianconeri made three changes, as Weston McKennie returned from suspension, while Adrien Rabiot recovered from injury and Federico Chiesa was recalled, with Alvaro Morata starting from the bench.

The hosts were all over Empoli in the opening exchanges and Chiesa came close to giving them the lead in the 12th minute with a curling strike after cutting inside that produced a good save out of shot-stopper Guglielmo Vicario.

The visitors caught Juventus cold on a counter-attack in the 21st minute after Leonardo Mancuso gave them a shock lead with a strike inside the box from the rebound after a cut-back by Filippo Bandinelli on the right wing.

Aurelio Andreazzoli's charges had their tails up after that, giving Juventus a real game and stretching their defence, particularly on their right as they managed to hold on to the lead at the break.

Joaquín Correa – Lazio to Inter Milan
Joaquín Correa – Lazio to Inter Milan
Lyanco – Torino to Southampton
Lyanco – Torino to Southampton
Toma Basic – Bordeaux to Lazio
Toma Basic – Bordeaux to Lazio
Matheus Cunha – Hertha Berlin to Atletico Madrid
Matheus Cunha – Hertha Berlin to Atletico Madrid
Aaron Lennon – free agent to Burnley
Aaron Lennon – free agent to Burnley
Pietro Pellegri – AS Monaco to AC Milan (loan)
Pietro Pellegri – AS Monaco to AC Milan (loan)
Andrea Pinamonti – Inter Milan to Empoli (loan)
Andrea Pinamonti – Inter Milan to Empoli (loan)
Alexander Sorloth – RB Leipzig to Real Sociedad (l
Alexander Sorloth – RB Leipzig to Real Sociedad (loan)
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal to Fiorentina (loan)
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal to Fiorentina (loan)
Pol Lirola – Fiorentina to Olympique Marseille
Pol Lirola – Fiorentina to Olympique Marseille
Ike Ugbo – Chelsea to Racing Genk
Ike Ugbo – Chelsea to Racing Genk
Davide Zappacosta – Chelsea to Atalanta
Davide Zappacosta – Chelsea to Atalanta
Thierry Small – Everton to Southampton
Thierry Small – Everton to Southampton
Ante Coric – AS Roma to FC Zürich (loan)
Ante Coric – AS Roma to FC Zürich (loan)
Xherdan Shaqiri – Liverpool to Olympique Lyon
Xherdan Shaqiri – Liverpool to Olympique Lyon
Florin Andone – Brighton & Hove Albion to Cadiz (l
Florin Andone – Brighton & Hove Albion to Cadiz (loan)
Ian Poveda-Ocampo – Leeds United to Blackburn Rove
Ian Poveda-Ocampo – Leeds United to Blackburn Rovers (loan)
Brandon Williams – Manchester United to Norwich Ci
Brandon Williams – Manchester United to Norwich City (loan)
Percy Tau – Brighton & Hove Albion to Al Ahly
Percy Tau – Brighton & Hove Albion to Al Ahly
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus to Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus to Manchester United

Massimiliano Allegri made a tactical change at half-time, as Morata was eventually brought on to spearhead the attack in place of McKennie and the game continued to flow from end to end in the early stages of the second stanza, with Juventus getting the better chances but they were not clinical.

Allegri was looking for solutions from the bench with a double attacking change in the 66th minute, as Manuel Locatelli replaced Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski came on for Chiesa.

The substitutions brought a new energy in attack for the Old Lady, as Locatelli came close to snatching the equaliser in the last 20 minutes with a strike inside the box that missed just wide after a cut-back by Kulusevski.

However, Empoli were frustrating the life out of Bianconeri in the dying minutes, defending with all men behind the ball and they managed to hold on to a famous win and their first points of the season while Juventus remained winless after two matches.