Juventus slumped to a concerning 1-0 defeat away at Monza on Sunday, as their search for a first away victory since April rumbles on.
Monza played with aggression and intent from the first whistle and took the game to Juve all afternoon, creating chances from all angles but lacking the quality in front of goal to go ahead.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side very quickly looked out of ideas or belief as they were pinned into their own half throughout the game, and struggled even further following Angel Di Maria’s first-half dismissal.
Failure to put away big chances should’ve been the key to punishing an otherwise impressive Monza, but it wasn’t. The hosts deservedly took the lead inside the final 20 minutes and saw proceedings out well to clinch three hard earned points.
The hosts had an early chance to score blocked by Federico Gatti, but came mightily close to taking the lead after 18 minutes when Patrick Ciurria volleyed wide a brilliant cross from Dany Mota, which he ought to have done better with.
Juve looked shaken and couldn’t get put together a sustained spell of possession or even get out of their own half. A rare venture forward saw Dusan Vlahovic connect with a pass from Mattia De Sciglio after 28 minutes, but it was never beating goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio.
Monza continued to create chances with Ciurria and Stefano Sensi both coming close to drawing first blood, but they crucially lacked the composure in front of goal to make good on their domination.
A poor start suddenly got much worse five minutes from the half-time whistle when Di Maria received a straight red card for reacting badly to a tackle from Armando Izzo, elbowing him in the chest. Suddenly, heading into the break goalless felt like a bonus for the Old Lady.
Worryingly for Juve, proceedings were rather similar in the second half. Monza were creating chances freely and knocking the ball around seriously well. And while the visitors were able to venture forward somewhat more frequently, they constantly lacked any real quality or urgency.
Poor finishing from Monza was becoming a common theme. Gianluca Caprari retrieved the ball on the edge of the box following Federico Gatti’s poor pass after 50 minutes, but blasted the ball over. Dany Mota then worked his way into the box and got onto the end of a smart pass moments later, but flicked the ball marginally wide of the net.
Outstanding hold-up play from Vlahovic saw him wrestled to the floor in order to create a rare, three-on-one counter attacking chance for his side after 68 minutes. But, bursting through, Danilo picked the wrong ball and his poor pass was intercepted to snuff away the danger; a summary of Juve’s lacking quality on the day.
Monza took a deserved and unsurprising lead after 74 minutes when substitute Christian Gytkjaer pounced on a brilliant, in-swinging cross from Ciurria, catching Juve sleeping.
Late substitutes couldn’t wrestle a point for the Old Lady, who are now winless in three Serie A fixtures and look all at sea.