After trailing for most of the second half, Dusan Vlahovic’s late equalizer ensured Juventus salvaged a point at home against an excellent Bologna team.
Marko Arnautovic’s early second-half goal gave Bologna a 1-0 lead that they seemed to be clinging onto for a historic triumph in Turin, but VAR drama and two red cards ensured Juventus salvaged a draw.
Bologna posed problems for Juventus throughout and was well worth their lead; they will be upset not to have grabbed more than a point.
When Bologna had two players sent off in the last five minutes of regular time, the game exploded. First, Adama Soumaoro was penalized for taking down Alvaro Morata on the outside of the box after the Spanish striker had gone clear.
Then Gary Medel, the fiery Chilean midfielder known as “the Pitbull,” talked his way into two cards within seconds of one other after contesting the referee’s decision to reverse his first judgment not to award a foul for Morata’s challenge.
Juventus surrendering points at home for the second game in a row, after being defeated by champions Inter Milan two weeks ago, will give Roma hope.
Jose Mourinho’s side trail Juventus by six points and the Italian giants surrendering two points to a Bologna team they were expected to dominate might make the race for the fourth Champions League position fascinating.
Juventus have struggled at home this season in an unexpected manner, and this match was just another evidence of how far behind Massimiliano Allegri’s team is.
Their hopes of winning another league crown died a long time ago, but they are again looking over their shoulder at Roma, who is now in fifth place.