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Juventus fall at SPAL as Moise Kean takes Balotelli record

Juventus teenager Moise Kean has often been compared to Mario Balotelli and on Saturday he wrote himself into the Serie A history books.

Juventus fall at SPAL as Moise Kean takes Balotelli record
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Moise Kean became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A games in the era of three points for a win, the teenager surpassing Mario Balotelli's record on Saturday.

Kean rewrites Balotelli record

Juventus star Kean is often compared to Balotelli, who netted in three straight games in 2009, and he extended his fine run of form with the opening goal away to SPAL.

A shot from Joao Cancelo looked to be on target but Kean was alert and clever enough to divert the ball away from the dive of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

If Juve had avoided defeat at SPAL, they would have become Serie A champions for the eighth year in a row, breaking the league's record for the fastest title triumph. WIth plenty of changes, though, that one goal lead was overturned with SPAL taking all three points thanks to second half goals from Bonifazi and Floccari.

Kean's emergence has helped Juve's sprint towards the finish line, with star striker Cristiano Ronaldo having recently missed games due to injury. The Portugal captain was rested against SPAL but, as he did with a late winner against AC Milan last week, Kean has filled in admirably.

Kean was the subject of alleged racist abuse during a Serie A game at Cagliari, in which he scored, with Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci criticised for suggesting the striker was partly for blame.

The 19-year-old has also broken into the Italy team this year, scoring in back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifiers during March's international break.


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