Juventus’ faint hopes of catching Inter, the Serie A leaders, suffered a hammer blow on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Benevento

Adolfo Gaich met in the 69 Minute for the visitors and lunged at a careless pass from Juve midfielder Arthur Melo to score the only goal of the game. The hosts had chances but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo as Benevento made a winless run in eleven games finished to bolster their hopes for survival

Andrea Pirlo’s team has been unbeaten in the last five league games, but he was the second best after Benevento manager Filippo Inzaghi, his former teammate in Milan. The defeat leaves Juve in third place, 10 points behind Inter, with 11 games, but Pirlo wasn’t ready to cash in on the title after the game

“We have to continue to believe in the title, our goal has not changed,” Pirlo told Sky Italia. “Our mentality has to change there wasn’t too much pressure today, there was an obligation to play better and unfortunately we had a bad game in every way ”

A defeat increases the pressure on Pirlo “My future?” he said, “The club will decide. I’ll keep working day after day, match after match, to do my best. In the end, everyone can draw their own conclusions”

Before the game, Juve presented Cristiano Ronaldo with a special jersey with which he celebrated his 770 career goals. Club President Andrea Agnelli presented the striker with a jersey with the number 770 and the word “GOAT” [the greatest of all time] Ronaldo couldn’t add anything to his record on a sobering afternoon for the defending champions

Atalanta boosted their top four hopes with a 2-0 win in Verona Ruslan Malinovskiy put the visitors in front on 33 minutes from the penalty spot before setting up Duván Zapata for the second goal nine minutes later

Atalanta are five points ahead of Roma and Napoli, who meet in the capital on Sunday evening. Seventh-placed Lazio are just one point behind after Adam Marusic scored the only away goal in Udinese, while Antonio Candreva sacked Sampdoria to defeat Turin

In the Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin increased their hopes for a decline with a 3-0 win against Leverkusen, whose top 4 ambitions quickly disappear. The hosts scored all three goals in the first 33 minutes Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Matheus Cunha and Jhon Córdoba were all on target when Peter Bosz’s team remained in fourth place seven points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt

Robert Glatzel scored a goal in the 2-1 victory in Hoffenheim within 30 seconds for his teammates Mainz Thus, Cologne falls into the play-off relegation zone in front of only Arminia Bielefeld and the doomed Schalke

Juventus versus Benevento

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/mar/21/european-roundup-juventus-benevento-hertha-atletico-barcelona-milan