Guess who got into the box to win a penalty kick and shoot Juventus to a vital 3-2 win over Serie A champions Inter Milan on Matchday 37, with Juventus’ Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread? It wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo, to be sure. Juan Cuadrado scored his second goal in a game that featured three penalty kicks, two red cards, two late goals, and Ronaldo being substituted off 70 minutes into the game after scoring his 777th career goal. He marched into the box and was brought down by Ivan Perisic for a foul that will be debated by many. Take a look at this:
That wasn’t even the final wild thing that happened as Marcelo Brozovic would also see red for the game’s third red card. Here’s a list of how that final 10 minutes or so went:
What an unexpected outcome. Juve fought back after being reduced to ten men due to Rodrigo Bentancur’s own goal that tied the game at 2-2 after 55 minutes. For me, the penalty call was a little shaky, but that’s life.
And they needed it, since the win puts them in the top four with one game remaining. Juve leads fifth-placed Napoli by two points, but they face Fiorentina on Sunday for a chance to return to the top four.
Juve needs to hope Napoli slip up and then finish off Bologna next Sunday on Matchday 38 to qualify for UCL or potentially face some massive changes and departures if they end up in Europa League.