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Juventus 3-1 Lazio: Morata brace helps Pirlo’s men come from behind to keep slim title hopes alive

Alvaro Morata double helped Juventus come from behind to beat Lazio 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday, closing the gap on leaders Inter Milan to seven points.

Joaquin Correa capitalised on an underhit backpass from Juve’s Dejan Kulusevski before finishing well to give the visitors a surprise 14th-minute lead.

Despite going a goal behind and looking shaky early, Juventus managed to come back and take all three points from Lazio.

There was only one side playing after the restart, with the Bianoceleste failing to carry any of their earlier momentum forward.

They gifted their opponents the lead after Escalante’s poor play in midfield let Chiesa and Morata through unopposed – before an extremely lax moment in defence.

Milinkovic-Savic gave the referee no other option than to point to the spot; allowing the Spain international to dispatch his second goal in three minutes.

Lazio had no answers from there and fell limply to a 3-1 defeat that keeps them seventh in the table ahead of tomorrow’s play.

We put in a great performance, but only after conceding the opening goal, which was a mistake.

We proved that we have heart, grit and I think we’ll battle to the end if we play like this,’ Juventus’ Federico Chiesa said after the game.

‘Lazio has shown themselves to be a great team, always in the fight for the top four, so it was a big game. Having said that, they are all big if we want to win the Scudetto.

‘I do what the coach asks of me. Winning the ball back comes above all from the team pressing and not just individuals. The assist was mine, but I was able to get the ball because we all worked so hard to win it back.

‘The draw with Verona was harsh, it was all about details, well we were determined this evening and gave a strong response.

The win keeps Juve third, but they are now just one point back of Milan in second.

Juventus are in action again on Tuesday when they host Porto in the Champions League, before facing Cagliari in Serie A next Sunday.

Lazio features again on Friday when they host Crotone.

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