Missing out on the chance to widen their buffer at the top of the Serie A table, Juventus were forced to settle for a disappointing 1-1 stalemate at home against Empoli on Saturday evening.
Although the Old Lady might have been in complete control throughout the early stages, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were handed a real blow as Arkadiusz Milik was handed a straight red card following a dangerous tackle after 18 minutes.
Nevertheless, not unsettled by their one-man disadvantage, the red-hot Dusan Vlahovic notched his 12th Serie A strike of the season just five minutes after returning from the interval as Juventus appeared firmly on course for a valuable three points.
However, although Saturday’s hosts might have extended their unbeaten run to 19 appearances on the bounce, Allegri’s men would have been left hugely frustrated at the Allianz.
With second half substitute Tommaso Baldanzi producing a slick finish just 14 minutes after coming off the bench, Empoli handed the Italian heavyweights what could be a crucial blow.
Dropping what could turn out to be a pair of costly points in Turin, we have taken a look at the main talking points.
Juve miss out on a golden opportunity
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