Bonucci`s Penalty Brace Fires Juventus past Lazio

Leonardo Bonucci scored twice from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win at Lazio on Saturday which continues Juventus’ climb up the Serie A table. The Italian defender scored almost identical penalties in both halves of the game at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to move Juve sixth, level on 21 points with fifth-placed Lazio. Massimiliano Allegri’s side are now four points from the Champions League positions, with Atalanta occupying fourth following their 5-2 thumping of Spezia earlier on Saturday.

22 minutes into the game, the Italian defender scored his second goal of the season rifling a shot into the top corner past Pepe Reina after Danilo Cataldi was punished for a silly challenge on Alvaro Morata following a VAR check. The game remained almost silent with little or no efforts on goal from both teams as they headed into halftime. 

Bonucci could have scored the second goal of the match almost straight after the break when he beat Reina to the ball after a Manuel Locatelli corner but could not find the net. He made no mistake from the spot with seven minutes remaining, however, lashing home into the same corner after Federico Chiesa was chopped down in the box by Reina — the Lazio goalkeeper having come charging out of his box to try to stop the rampaging Italy forward. Moise Kean could have been on the scoreboard late on after Reina twice in two minutes had to keep out decent efforts from the substitute. 

The win for Juve was their first by more than one goal in Serie A this season, and they stay some way off pace-setters Napoli and AC Milan, the latter of whom will go top with a win or draw at Fiorentina later on Saturday.

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