Empoli Beat Juventus On Same Night As Point Deduction Confirmed
Monday was a night to forget for Juventus after a 4-1 loss to Empoli the same night the FIGC confirmed their 10-point deduction.
Heading into the match, Juventus learned of their fate in Serie A, dropping to seventh in the table as the FIGC confirmed a 10-point deduction.
It’s unknown if the news was shared with the players before kick-off, but the lacklustre performance from Massimiliano Allegri’s men suggested they perhaps knew their fate.
The visitors were keen to strike immediately but soon imploded. Arkadiusz Milik hit the woodwork at one end, but minutes later, was in the hot seat as he conceded a penalty.
Francesco Caputo then scored with ease beyond Wojciech Szczęsny for 1-0 before the momentum caught Juventus on their heels and Sebastiano Luperto doubled the lead.
Dušan Vlahović wasn’t as confident as expected, while Filip Kostić and Adrien Rabiot struggled to create anything worthwhile.
Federico Cheisa’s introduction in the second half added a slight boost, but Empoli would again stun the visitors after a defensive slip as 35-year-old Caputo secured a brace minutes after the restart.
Despite an entire 45 minutes to go, Allegri’s men were still shell-shocked, and the introduction of Moise Kean and Angel Di Maria also didn’t add any boosts.
A late strike from Chiesa was the only slight joy on what was a Monday night to forget but Empoli eventually added a fourth through substitute Roberto Piccoli to pile on the misery.
The result means Empoli secured their first win over Juventus in Serie A in 24 years and sit 14th in the table.
Meanwhile, it’s now a staggering 16 losses this year for Allegri (the most in 13 years and three off the club’s worst-ever record), and they look set to miss out on Champions League football despite still having a chance even with the deduction.
Up next is fourth-place Milan, who are also in the midst of fighting to qualify for Europe’s top competition.