Watch ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny make horror week worse for Juventus as he gifts Ademola Lookman goal
WOJCIECH SZCZESNY’S horror blunder summed up Juventus’ week.
The ex-Arsenal keeper gifted Ademola Lookman an early opener as Juve were held 3-3 by Atalanta two days after being docked 15 points.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men have been plunged from joint second to ninth on Friday after being heavily penalised for a transfer scam.
And any hope of clawing back towards even a Europa League place were stunned within four minutes by Champions League hopefuls Atalanta.
Jeremie Boga’s fine pass set Lookman surging forward on the right for a flashing near-post shot that Szczesny fumbled in.
Admittedly, the ex-Everton striker’s shot swerved viciously at the last moment.
But 70-cap Pole Szczesny accepted the blame after failing to get his whole body behind the ball.
Some fans pounced on the mistake with social media jibes.
One said: “How on earth is Szczesny still playing for Juventus?
“Every clip you seem to see of him on here is of him making an error. Surely they could get a better, more consistent keeper?”
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And one reckons they should have kept Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, now 44, who left for Parma in 2021.
That post read: “Honestly Buffon is still way better. They should’ve kept him.”
But a penalty from Argentina’s World Cup hero Angel Di Maria and Szczesny’s international team-mate Arkadiusz Milik put Juve 2-1 before the break.
But Denmark right-back Joakim Maehle and Lookman with his second goal restored Atalanta’s lead early in the second period.
Brazilian Danilo rescued a home point for Juventus on 65 minutes.
But it leaves Juve 11 points off the top six.
It came just two days after they were shocked by a 15-point deduction following claims they inflated transfer fees in dealings with Italian rivals for three years.
That freed up millions of pounds in “capital gains” for tax purposes – boosting Juve’s ability to splash out on signings.
Juventus were initially acquitted but Italian FA prosecutors successfully asked for the case to be heard again.
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