Juventus missed the opportunity to go second in Serie A as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Bologna on Sunday.
Second-placed Lazio were beaten 3-1 by Inter earlier in the day, yet Riccardo Orsolini smashed home a first-half penalty at Renato Dall’Ara to leave Juve fearing a fourth straight league defeat.
Those concerns were not helped when Arkadiusz Milik missed a chance to level from the spot, but he brilliantly fired in after the interval to deny Bologna a first Serie A win over the Bianconeri in 22 attempts.
Juve remain below Lazio and crucially just three points ahead of Inter, Milan and Roma in fourth, fifth and sixth, and they face a real dogfight over the final six games if they are to finish in the Champions League places.
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The hosts were ahead after just 10 minutes, a lengthy VAR review adjudging Danilo to have brought down Orsolini before the winger picked himself up off the turf to thump his penalty into the bottom-right corner.
Lukasz Skorupski preserved his side’s lead with a sensational double-stop from Nicolo Fagioli, and the goalkeeper came up big again shortly after.
The referee initially awarded a free-kick after Milik was pushed over by Jhon Lucumi, but the VAR found the foul to have occurred inside the Bologna box. Skorupski was not fooled by the striker’s hop-skip-and-a-jump penalty technique, though, comfortably getting down to his right to save.
Milik was more ruthless in the second half, however, bouncing back from his poor spot-kick to brilliantly lash a first-time snap-shot into the bottom corner and level.
There were big chances at either end in the closing stages, but neither side could find a winner as Juve at least snapped their losing streak.
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