Former Chelsea player Juan Cuadrado scored a late penalty to keep Juventus‘ hopes of qualifying for the 2021-22 Uefa Champions League alive. He scored a dramatic goal as Juventus role pass champions Inter Milan 3-2. Juve were reduced to ten men and played for 35 minutes before Inter received their own red card.
Juan Cuadrado Scores Two to Help Juve Stay in the Champions League Spot
The referee awarded two first-half penalties following VAR reviews, before sending off Juve’s Rodrigo Bentancur and Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic later. Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini scored an own and was checked by VAR and approved before Juan Cuadrado won and scored a penalty to put Juve two points above Napoli in Serie A.
Fifth-placed Napoli will travel to Fiorentina on Sunday with the hope of returning to the fourth place position and make the Champions League spot. Cristiano Ronaldo put Juve in front from the penalty spot through rebound after the keeper saved his penalty.
Romelu Lukaku made it 1-1 at the other end with another penalty before Cuadrado’s thumping strike deflected in for Juve’s second just before the break. Bentancur’s second yellow card meant Juve went down to 10 men and manager Andrea Pirlo brought off star man Ronaldo with over 20 minutes to play.
Just as Juve thought their Champions League qualification hopes had taken a huge blow, Ivan Perisic was deemed to have fouled Cuadrado in the penalty box and so a penalty awarded. The Colombian international stepped up to take the penalty as Ronaldo was taken out before then.