Soccer-Juve overcome Bologna to revive Serie A title hopes

24 Jan 2021 / 21:32 H.

    Jan 24 (Reuters) - Juventus got their Serie A title defence back on track with a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Bologna on Sunday that moved Andrea Pirlo's side into the top four.

    Arthur Melo notched his first goal for the Turin club in the first half with a deflected strike and American midfielder Weston McKennie headed home the second after 71 minutes.

    Bologna goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski made some stunning saves to keep his side in the match and the visitors also had good chances in an entertaining encounter at the Allianz Stadium.

    It was a much-needed victory for Pirlo's side following the disappointment of their 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan last weekend as it cut the gap behind league leaders AC Milan to seven points and the champions also have a game in hand.

    Juventus are fourth with 36 points from 18 games, one point behind AS Roma in third. Bologna are 13th with 20 points. (Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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