Dybala’s hat trick helps Juve overcome Benevento challenge
Coming off a debilitating 3-0 loss at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals, and ahead of next week’s second leg, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri rested several regular starters.
The two goals Juventus conceded matched the number the Bianconeri allowed over their previous 17 Serie A games.
”We’ve got to reorganize ourselves and improve, because right now we’re conceding too many shots,” Allegri said. ”But moments like these happen over the course of a season, otherwise we would never allow any goals.”
Dybala opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the area into the far corner midway through the first half.
Diabate rose above defender Medhi Benatia to head in another equalizer in the 51st for his fifth goal in four matches since arriving on loan from Turkish club Osmanlispor.
Ten minutes after he was sent on, Gonzalo Higuain earned a penalty and Dybala again was perfect from the spot, giving him a personal-best 21 goals in the league.
Douglas Costa, another substitute, sealed the victory with a long-range goal in the 82nd.
”I’m happy for the goals because these haven’t been easy days,” Dybala said. ”We won a complicated match and played well.”
Dybala had two penalties saved earlier this season.
”Missing them happens. Goalkeepers train at stopping them,” Dybala said.
Dybala was optimistic for Wednesday’s second leg in Madrid.
”We believe in our Champions League chances. My teammates are men that never give up,” Dybala said. ”We’re convinced we can get the result, otherwise we wouldn’t even go.”
”Davide is always with us,” Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli said of Astori, who played for Roma before joining Fiorentina. ”Everything we do we dedicate to him.”
Fiorentina is seventh, one point below the Europa League spots.
On Tuesday, Roma hosts Barcelona in the Champions League looking to overcome a 4-1 first-leg deficit. The Giallorossi then face Lazio in the Rome derby next weekend.
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