Bonucci pranked: ‘Ronaldo is flying to Benevento’

Leonardo Bonucci was pranked by an anonymous person inside the Stadio Vigorito during Benevento-Juventus on Saturday: ‘Ronaldo is coming by plane.’

The Portuguese star was rested by Andrea Pirlo but the Old Lady failed to beat the newly promoted Serie A side.

Alvaro Morata opened the account in the first half, but a Gaetano Letizia’s goal levelled the game before the half time whistle, the game ended with a 1-1 stalemate.

Bonucci has recovered from an injury but wasn’t fit to play against the Streghe at the Ciro Vigorito on Saturday.

The Italian defender was pranked by someone inside the stadium who, just like any other stadium in Italy, is closed for fans due to the COVID pandemic.

The voice was heard thanks to the microphones on the sidelines, placed close to the teams’ benches.

“Bonucci, Ronaldo is coming by plane,” and anonymous person told the Italian defender who didn’t react.


Media watch: confused Juventus

Italian sport papers hit out at Andrea Pirlo’s ‘confused’ Juventus with only a few Bianconeri who get a passing grade after their away draw at Benevento.

Wojciech Szczęsny, Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata are the only Juventus players who get a passing grade (at least 6) in each one of Italy’s three main sport papers.

Paulo Dybala is once again one of the worst players on the pitch.

The Argentinean missed a clear-cut chance in the first half with the Old Lady that were already leading 1-0.

Dejan Kulusevski, Arthur and Aaron Ramsey did also fail to impress.

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus seemed ‘confused’ and rate the Italian coach 5. “Juventus have nothing of his intelligence. In Benevento there wasn’t the idea of a team,” writes Il Corriere dello Sport.

On the other hand, his former teammate Filippo Inzaghi is being praised by media. “A tactical masterpiece to nullify Rabiot,” comments Il Corriere dello Sport.

“Benevento do not only have character,” writes La Gazzetta.

“The team was balanced and compact with tight lines and outstanding ductility in roles.”

Benevento-Juve: media ratings.

Benevento: Montipò 6.5; Letizia 7, Glik 6, Caldirola 5.5 (Maggio 33 6) (R Insigne 60), Barba; Hetemaj, Schiattarella, Improta; Ionita (Tuia 72 6.5), Caprari (Tello 72 6), Lapadula (Sau 72 6)

Juventus: Szczesny 7; Cuadrado 5, De Ligt 6, Danilo 6, Frabotta 5.5; Chiesa 6 (Bernardeschi 69 5.5), Arthur 5 (Bentancur 62 5 ), Rabiot 5, Ramsey 5 (Kulusevski 62 5); Morata 6, Dybala 5.5

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Benevento: Montipò 6.5; Letizia 7, Glik 6, Caldirola 6 (Maggio 33 6) (R Insigne 60 6), Barba 6.5; Hetemaj 7, Schiattarella 7, Improta 6; Ionita 6 (Tuia 72 6), Caprari 6 (Tello 72 6), Lapadula 6 (Sau 72 6)

Juventus: Szczesny 6.5; Cuadrado 5.5, De Ligt 6, Danilo 6, Frabotta 5.5; Chiesa 6 (Bernardeschi 69 6), Arthur 5.5 (Bentancur 62 6), Rabiot 6.5, Ramsey 5.5 (Kulusevski 62 5.5); Morata 6.5, Dybala 5

Benevento: Montipò 7; Letizia 7.5, Glik 6.5, Caldirola 6 (Maggio 33 6) (R Insigne 60 6), Barba 6.5; Hetemaj 6.5, Schiattarella 7, Improta 7; Ionita 7 (Tuia 72 6.5), Caprari 6 (Tello 72 6), Lapadula 6 (Sau 72 6)

Juventus: Szczesny 6; Cuadrado 5.5, De Ligt 7, Danilo 6, Frabotta 6; Chiesa 6.5 (Bernardeschi 69 6), Arthur 5 (Bentancur 62 5), Rabiot 5.5, Ramsey 5.5 (Kulusevski 62 5); Morata 6.5, Dybala 5


Highlights: Benevento 1-1 Juventus

Alvaro Morata and Gaetano Letizia both scored spectacular goals, while Wojciech Szczesny and Lorenzo Montipò also made excellent fingertip saves.

Juventus took the lead at the Stadio Vigorito when Federico Chiesa’s inspired cross-field pass found Morata for a control, shimmy and angled drive.

Szczesny kept Juve in front with a remarkable save at full stretch to push Pasquale Schiattarella’s effort out of the far bottom corner.

However, moments later he was unable to prevent a splendid Letizia volley on Arthur’s weak clearance.

Juve threw the kitchen sink at Benevento in the second half, with Montipò decisive in goal and Paulo Dybala off target, but Morata let the tension get to him with a red card after the final whistle for dissent.

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Danilo: ‘Juventus lacked organisation’

Danilo admits Juventus ‘lacked organisation’ after Benevento’s equaliser and that made the situation even more difficult.

The Bianconeri were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Vigorito, with Alvaro Morata’s goal cancelled out by Gaetano Letizia on the stroke of half-time.

The tension got to Morata, who was sent off for dissent after the final whistle and will therefore be suspended against Torino.

“I think we need to look within ourselves,” Danilo told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a good first half, but when we conceded the goal, we lacked organisation and that made the situation even more difficult.

“We still feel that we are the strongest team, but we all have to do better.”

Danilo has become a crucial cog in the Juve defence, as he can work as a full-back or central in a three-man defence.

“Modern football is like that, you need to understand various moments and be ready to help the team, the coach and the club.”


Liveblog: Serie A Wk9 Super Saturday

Join us for the build-up and action as it happens from today’s three Serie A games, as Inter visit second-placed Sassuolo, Juventus face Benevento without Cristiano Ronaldo and Atalanta host Verona.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 14.00 GMT at the Mapei Stadium with a fascinating head-to-head for second place, as Sassuolo are still unbeaten and brimming with confidence, hoping to make Antonio Conte’s week even worse after a Champions League setback.

With a victory, the Neroverdi would go six points clear of Inter in the table.

At 17.00 GMT, Juventus take a risk by visiting Benevento without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is rested, so Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata must deliver the goals.

And at 19.45 GMT, there’s an intriguing tactical duel between Gian Piero Gasperini and his protégé Ivan Juric, as Atalanta are fresh from conquering Anfield as they face Hellas Verona.

There will be a minute’s silence before every game in honour of Diego Armando Maradona, with his image also on the screens at the 10th minute.