What a win for Benevento as they dented Juventus’ Serie A title hopes on Sunday
Adolfo Gaich’s 69th-minute strike was enough to give them a deserved victory over Juventus.
The Argentine pounced on a careless pass from Juve midfielder Arthur Melo to fire in the decisive goal after 69 minutes, and the toothless hosts failed to find a way past goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo.
A first win in 12 attempts moves Filippo Inzaghi’s side seven points clear of the relegation zone.
The defeat left champions Juve in third place, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 games remaining.
Bianconeri faint hopes of a 10th straight Scudetto are dented once more.
Benevento’s survival hopes were boosted as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone in 16th position.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juve were unbeaten in their last five league games but he couldn’t overcome his former AC Milan team mate Filippo Inzaghi in the opposing dugout, despite the hosts mustering nine shots on target to Benevento’s one.
When asked about Juve’s title hopes after the game, Pirlo said: ‘We must continue believing, continue our path so that we are up there.
Juve will look to respond after the international break when they face rivals Torino in Derby della Mole. Meanwhile, Benevento aim to build on their momentum against Parma.