Juventus 4-0 Empoli: Moise Kean, Weston McKennie and a brace from Adrien Rabiot hand the hosts a crucial Serie A victory… easing the pressure on under-fire manager Max Allegri
- Juventus stunned Empoli to record a much-needed 4-0 Serie A victory on Friday
- Moise Kean, Weston McKennie, and Adrien Rabiot all scored in the routine win
- Victory eases pressure on boss Max Allegri who has faced calls to be sacked
- Dominant win sees Juventus move up to seventh in the Serie A standings
Juventus made it two wins in three Serie A games on Friday night as Moise Kean, Weston McKennie, and a second-half brace from midfielder Adrien Rabiot handed Max Allegri’s side a much-needed 4-0 win over Empoli.
The hosts closed the gap on the league’s European places after an impressive performance at the Allianz Stadium, that eases pressure on their under-fire manager.
Victory means Juventus have now won five games during their turbulent season that has seen the 36-times Italian league champions struggle to find consistency having previously dropped to mid-table.
Moise Keane opened the scoring in Juventus’ 4-0 rout over Empoli on Friday evening
Weston McKennie scored Juventus’ second goal just after half time at the Allianz Stadium
Everton loanee Kean struck first inside the opening ten minutes as he used his much-missed strikers instinct to get on the end of Filip Kostić’s cross, scoring his first league goal in 20 Serie A appearances.
Empoli attempted to respond in the first-half with chances of their own but failed to force any significant chances that looked likely of pulling them level.
American McKennie doubled Juventus’ lead 15 minutes into the second-half with his bullet header from a corner leaving Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario helpless. Relief inside the Old Lady as Juventus found breathing space.
The dejected travellers enjoyed the Lions share of possession throughout the routine encounter between one of Serie A’s giants and the league minnows. Paolo Zanetti’s side managing just three shots on target all game.
Summer wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot scored twice late in the match to seal league win
Summer wantaway Adrien Rabiot – who was close to joining Manchester United in the recent transfer window – wrapped up all three league points as he met a floating cross at the back-post with his head. Vicario scrambled to get a hand to it but failed to keep the effort out.
The visitors had given up. Juventus had not. Rabiot scored his second goal of the game just 12 minutes later to seal a massive win for the hosts.
Friday’s victory can be summarised as Juventus’ most cohesive performance of the season, with Allegri’s side threatening to win over previous doubters.
Rabiot added his second goal in stoppage time as Juventus move up to seventh in the Serie A table
Fans have been starved of the game-winning football that their side have provided through numerous years of title dominance.
But victory over Empoli can be a catalyst for better things to come with just six games remaining before the Qatar World Cup.