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Key figure Rabiot: Juventus defy late equalizer in Monza

Juventus Turin dramatically won their away game at AC Monza 2-1 in the closing stages to move ahead in the championship race.

Juve, who had the chance to temporarily overtake Inter at the top of the table in their away game at AC Monza, started with just one change from their 1-1 draw with Inter Milan. Alex Sandro replaced Rugani, who started on the bench

Rabiot makes up for Vlahovic’s miss

The Old Lady dominated the game from the start and were awarded a penalty after just nine minutes, which Vlahovic failed to take and was denied by Di Gregorio’s strong save (11′). The goalkeeper was unable to do anything with the subsequent corner, however, as Rabiot headed in powerfully (12′). Juve then pulled back a little and allowed the hosts to come forward. However, they did little with the ball. Instead, the visitors became more dangerous again after the 30th minute and should have taken a 2-0 lead, but Gatti managed the feat of scoring from two meters over the crossbar (34′).

In the second half, it took a while before anything worth mentioning happened. It was not until the 65th minute that Monza could have equalized through Colpani. It looked like the favorites were going to win, but suddenly the whole of Brianteo was cheering. A cross from Carboni bounced once in the five-meter area and went into the left corner. Szczesny didn’t look particularly good when he conceded the goal, but was confused by Dany Mota, who narrowly missed contact with the ball just in front of goal (90.+1).

Gatti late on – Juve back in front

Juventus threw everything forward and responded promptly! Less than three minutes after the surprise equalizer, centre-back Gatti hammered the ball under the crossbar after an assist from Rabiot to secure a late treble for the Old Lady (90.+4).

Juventus Turin host SSC Napoli next Friday (8 December, 8.45pm), while AC Monza have their next home game two days later. CFC Genoa then travel to Lombardy (3 p.m.)

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