Juventus 1-0 Spezia: Alvaro Morata nets first league since December as hosts keep up the pressure on title rivals in Serie A
- Alvaro Morata scored the only goal in the 21st minute on Sunday
- Juventus striker finished from the edge of the box after a poor clearance
- Emmanuel Gyasi and Kevin Agudelo were both denied by Wojciech Szczesny
A first-half goal from Alvaro Morata was enough to give fourth-placed Juventus a 1-0 victory at home to Spezia in Serie A on Sunday as they narrowed the gap on leaders Inter Milan to five points.
The hosts, who went close on the quarter-hour mark through midfielder Arthur Melo, took the lead after 21 minutes when the Brazilian latched on to a poor clearance from Spezia goalkeeper Ivan Provedel, picking out Manuel Locatelli on the edge of the box before the Italian fed Morata, who netted his first league goal since December.
Alvaro Morata scored the only goal in the 21st minute as Juventus beat Spezia on Sunday
Emmanuel Gyasi and Kevin Agudelo were both denied by Wojciech Szczesny from close range after the break as Spezia sought a way back into things.
Morata, meanwhile, missed a gilt-edged chance to seal the victory in stoppage time at the end of the game as Juventus held on to secure the win.
Juve moved onto 53 points in the fourth and final Champions League spot, five points behind leaders Inter Milan and four behind Napoli and AC Milan.
Juventus striker finished from the edge of the box after a poor clearance from the goalkeeper
Emmanuel Gyasi and Kevin Agudelo were both denied by Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny
Juventus players celebrate their narrow victory which keeps up the pressure on title rivals