In a shocking turn of events, Juventus was dealt a severe blow before their recent match, as news broke of their demotion to seventh place in the Serie A standings with a 10-point deduction imposed by the FIGC. Whether the players were aware of their fate prior to kick-off remains uncertain, but their lackluster performance suggested a sense of resignation.
The visitors initially displayed ambition, seeking to take the lead, but their hopes quickly unraveled. Arkadiusz Milik came agonizingly close to scoring, hitting the woodwork, only to find himself at fault moments later by conceding a penalty. Francesco Caputo calmly converted the spot-kick, granting Empoli a 1-0 lead. The momentum swung against Juventus, as Sebastiano Luperto swiftly doubled Empoli’s advantage.
Dušan Vlahović failed to deliver as expected, while Filip Kostić and Adrien Rabiot struggled to create any meaningful opportunities. Federico Chiesa’s introduction in the second half provided a slight boost, yet Empoli managed to further shock the visitors with a defensive error, allowing the 35-year-old Caputo to secure a brace shortly after the restart.
Despite having an entire 45 minutes to recover, Allegri’s men remained shell-shocked, and even the introduction of Moise Kean and Angel Di Maria failed to spark a resurgence. A late goal from Chiesa provided a small glimmer of consolation on an otherwise forgettable Monday night, but Empoli added insult to injury with a fourth goal courtesy of substitute Roberto Piccoli.
This result marked Empoli’s first victory over Juventus in Serie A in 24 years, propelling them to 14th place in the table. Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri’s tenure at Juventus has seen a staggering 16 defeats this year, which stands as the highest number in 13 years and is just three losses away from the club’s worst-ever record. Their chances of securing a Champions League spot seem increasingly slim, despite still having a mathematical chance to qualify, even considering the point deduction. Up next for Juventus is a crucial clash with fourth-place Milan, who are also battling to secure a place in Europe’s top competition.
Nigerian defender Tyrone Ebuehi played an inspiring role for Empoli, making three interceptions, one tackle, five interceptions, and blocking one shot from his position at right back.