Juventus vs Bologna: match report
Juventus comfortably saw off Bologna at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night, with first-half goals from Dybala and Matuidi giving the Old Lady six wins from six as they march on towards an eighth Serie A title.
The hosts dominated possession throughout, and after an early onslaught, were two goals up with just 17 minutes on the clock. From there on in, it was just a matter of damage control for Bologna, who did well not concede another, as Juve piled on the pressure.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who set up the second Matuidi goal, will be disappointed to not have gotten on the scoreboard after he had a clear-cut chance from eight yards with five minutes to go. But the Portuguese had another lively performance, along with team-mates Cancelo, Dybala and Cuadrado, and Juventus will head into Saturday’s game against second-placed Napoli confident that they can keep their impressive winning streak going.
Juventus vs Bologna: live updates
93' And that's it! As expected, a comfortable win for Juve in the end, who were completely in control over the 90 minutes. Ronaldo will be disappointed personally to not have gotten on the scoreboard. He had a couple of chances, but he'll have to make do with an assist.
92' One last chance for Juve. They cut the Bologna defence wide open. First shot from Bernardeschi is blocked, second from Bernardeschi is blocked, a third attempt from Dybala is saved!
91' Three minutes addes on here.
85' Dybala gives a great ball to Ronaldo, who shoots from 8 yards out, but it's wide of the far post.
81' Looking at the replay again, that should have been a penalty to Bologna, Benatia clearly shoves Okwonkwo over with his arm.
81' Bologna have a chance to break, setting off Okwankwo who is first to it in the box, it looked like he was shoved but ref says no penalty.
75' Cuadrado makes way for Bernadeschi. He's had a great game, a well deserved standing ovation.
73' Cuadrado cynically stops a potential counter from Bologna, which earns him a yellow.
72' Ronaldo's freekick is straight at the wall.
71' Calebresi is booked for tugging Ronaldo's shirt. No CR7 has a chance to take a free kick.
67' Okwonkwo comes on for Falcinelli, who has had a couple of chances in this game.
67' Santander comes on for Destro. The subsitute scored and was man of the match against Roma last weekend. Strange he didn't start, but anyway here he is now. Can he make a difference for Inzaghi's side?
66' Yellow for Bologna's Danilo for taking down Dybala. Chance now from the free kick for Juventus. They play it short and pass it around. But eventually rolls out for a goal kick.
64' Pjanic comes off to a round of applause. On comes new man Emre Can.
61' Dybala to Cancelo, who hits it sweetly from the corner of the box and it takes a great save from the Bologna keeper to keep it out. First real test of Skorupski in the second half.
57' Dybala does well to win the ball, he beats one and tries to play a through ball for Matuidi who is around the edge of the box. But he's overcooked it and rolls wide.
53' An attack from Bolgona: cross comes in, it's touched on to Destro, who tries an acrobatic overhead kick, but it's got no chance of beating Perin. They have seen a lot more of the ball so far in this second half.
51' It's been a quiet opening 5 minutes to the second half, no chance for either side.
46' Second half underway here.
"Highway to Hell" rings out around the Juventus Stadium, fitting soundtrack for Bologna here?
Juve subs are out keeping warm, will Emre Can make an appearance? Allegri might start thinking about Napoli on Saturday and make some changes.
A whopping 76 percent of possesion to Juve in the first half. In fairness to Bologna, they've done well to keep it at 2-0. They managed to beat Roma with just 27 percent of the possesion last weekend, but a win here is close to impossible for Inzaghi's side now.
45' And that's it, not much time added on there. The ref can see Bologna need a break. They've just had to sit back and watch Juve do their thing. 2-0 but it could easily be more.
39' Juve counter attack sets Ronaldo off on the right, he pushes forward and tries to find Dybala on the left. But his pass is poor and off target. Uncharacteristic of the Portuguese.
37' Pjanic puts one into the box from a freekick around 35 yards out. But it ends in the hands of the unchallenged Bologna keeper.
35' Bolgona catch Juve on the break and Falcinelli is away. He gets a shot off and its just over and wide. That was dangerous. If a Bologna goal comes that is exactly as you would expect it to happen.
33' Cuadrado has been excellent so far for Juve, he's been involved in almost everything. A frustrated Bologna defence take him down and it's a free kick.
29' A rare attack from Bologna: Falcinelli volleys it around the penalty spot, he had to get his leg up hight to make contact and he struck it well. But it's saved by Perin.
27' Cuadrado to Ronaldo, who skips past one challenge and gets a shot off from just inside the box. It's a good effort but well saved by Skorupski.
25' From the left, Cancelo puts a cross in towards Ronaldo, but the keeper beats him to it.
24' Long-range effort from Ronaldo is just wide of the left post.
22' Bentancur lets one go from distance, but it sails to the right. Ambitious!
21' The passing and moving here from Juve is just a joy to behold. Bologna can only sit back and watch.
16' Another one for Juve! That move began all the way at the back. After a series of passes, a cross finds Ronaldo by the far post, he calmly slots it back across the goal to an unmarked Matuidi, who drives into the roof of the net. It could be a long night for Bologna!
12' Dybala scores for Juve! Matuidi takes a shot, the keeper fumbles, and it falls to Dybala, who made a meal of it, but luckily it's gone in. A messy goal but they all count!
9' Juve dominating possession at the moment and Bologna are happy to let them have it.
7' Some pressure from Bolgona, a cross comes in, but nobody gets a foot on it and it's out for a goalkick.
4' Dybala appealing for a penalty there, as Juve put the early pressure on
We're almost ready for kick off here.
Both teams opting for a 3-5-2 tonight. Bologna incredibly managed to beat Roma with just 27 percent of the possesion last weekend. They might have to do more of the same tonight: sit, wait, catch Juve on the counter. Juve away is a different monster than Roma at home of course.
Bologna coach, and former Juventus striker, Filippo Inzaghi feels Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus are now Europe's best team. You can read more of what he had to say ahead about tonight's fixture here
Allegri's teamsheet is in
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Juventus vs Bologna. All eyes will no doubt be on Cristiano Ronaldo tonight as he goes in search of more goals for his new club. He still has a long way to go before he catches up with Bologna's coach Felippo Inzaghi, who scored 89 goals for the Old Lady in his fours seasons in Turin ... well maybe not that long ... perhaps two seasons. It is Ronaldo afterall.
Juventus vs Bologna: Serie A match preview
Juventus will be hoping to keep their 100-percent record in tact as they face third-from-bottom Bologna at the Juventus Stadium tonight.
A victory for Juventus will make it six wins from their opening six games, a feat the Old Lady have only managed four times since 1930. And considering they have won nine of the last ten against Bologna, not many would bet against that happening tonight, particularly now that Ronaldo has found his goal-scoring feet. After his Serie A debut goal against Sassuolo, the Portuguese went on to score two in Juve’s 2-0 victory over Frosinone last Sunday, and the ex-Real Madrid star will be looking to add more to his tally this evening.
A win tonight will set Juve up nicely for the clash against second-placed Napoli on Saturday, which will surely be a sterner test for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. With that in mind, he may be tempted to rotate some players tonight, but whatever he decides, he will definitely be without the injured pair of Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira, and Douglas Costa, who is suspended.
You have to go all the way back to 2011 to find the last time Bologna beat the Old Lady. The Rossoblu have had not a desirable start to the season under new coach, Juve and AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi, failing to score and picking up just one point from their first four fixtures. But last weekend’s incredible 2-0 win over Roma could mark the beginning of a resurgence and they will travel to Turin with confidence.
What is even more incredible is the fact that they managed to beat Roma with just 27 percent of possession. If they somehow manage to win tonight, it might be a similar story: with Juve expected to dominate possession at home, the visitors will have to remain patient, defend well and hope to catch the hosts on the break.
Inzaghi on Juventus
But Inzaghi, who scored 89 goals in his 165 appearances for Juventus, is under no illusions about the task that lies ahead for his side tonight, as he faces -- by his measure -- the best team in Europe at the moment.
"With Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, Juventus are the best team in Europe or at least one of the best teams. But that's nothing new because everybody knows it,” he said.
"As I said before, we'll need to be perfect against Juventus. We hope to surprise everyone as it happened against Roma. We did it once, so now we can repeat it. But we know that it will be very difficult.”