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12 Feb 2018

Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus: Bernardeschi burns old bridges

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Friday night’s spotlight fixture in Serie A saw Massimiliano Allegri bring second place Juventus into a snarling Stadio Artemio Franchi to face Stefano Pioli’s Fiorentina. 

The six-time defending champions had nothing but results on their mind but the home faithful wanted emotional satisfaction against their hated rivals after losing 4-1 to lowly Hellas Verona in their previous home fixture. Oh, and some Bernardeschi kid was back in town too.

It was a night of fury and heartbreak for the Viola and their fans, but an ur-Juventine performance from the Bianconeri gave them a controversial 2-0 win and a brief return to the top of the Serie A table. 

Napoli’s 4-1 demolition of third place Lazio on Saturday put the Partenopei back on top and Europe’s hottest title chase raced on.

Here are four things we learned from the game: