Monza vs Juventus Player Ratings: Di Maria Blunder Gifts Hosts Maiden Serie A Win

Following their midweek disappointment in the Champions League, Juventus travelled to Brianza to take on Monza in the first ever Serie A meeting between the sides. The Bianconeri still managed to make an already disastrous situation even worse by conceding their first league defeat of the campaign and gifting the Biancorossi their first ever Serie A win. The visitors played with a man down for an entire half due to Angel Di Maria’s naive reaction on Armando Izzo. So here are our players ratings for the cagey yet historic affair between Monza and Juventus.

Monza (3-5-2)

Michele De Gregorio – 6.5

The Italian is an excellent custodian, but he hardly had the chance to prove his prowess today with the Juventus strikers rarely testing him.

Marlon – 6.5

The Brazilian defender kept Kostic at bay while also helping the teammates at the back in dealing with Vlahovic.

Pablo Mari – 7

A fine outing from the former Arsenal man who made some crucial interceptions at the back. Won the vast majority of his duels against Vlahovic.

Armando Izzo – 7.5

Monza have the former Torino and Genoa defender to thank for their historic victory. Instigated Di Maria’s red card by getting on the Argentine’s nerves and looked exceptionally solid at the back. There was no way past him on Sunday.

Patrick Ciurria – 7.5

The unsung hero of this Monza side. The right wingback came close to scoring on two occasions, but he eventually provided a superb assist for the winner. Also tracked back to support his teammates at the back, making life more miserable for Kostic.

Matteo Pessina – 6

A hard working performance from the Euro 2020 winner who bounced between the middle of the park and the right wing. But his performance lacked a marquee moment.

Nicolò Rovella – 6.5

The Juventus loanee entered the match with a chip on the shoulder, and helped Monza controlling the middle of the park against the supposedly-better Bianconeri midfielders. Tried to score himself but his shot went just wide.

Stefano Sensi – 6

The former Inter star has all the skills in the world, but is only able to produce flashes of brilliance at the moment, probably due to his shaky physical condition. Left the pitch in the second half.

Carlos Augusto – 5.5

The Brazilian tried to link up with Mota on several occasions, but his impact on the left lane remained limited.

Dany Mota – 5.5

The striker worked hard and made several dangerous runs to the box, but couldn’t produce a clinical touch when it mattered the most.

Gianluca Caprari – 5

The former Verona attacker is still trying to find his stunning form from the previous campaign. Struggled to get past Bremer and Gatti.

Monza Substitutes

Luca Caldirola – 6

The former Benevento defender was introduced by Raffaele Palladino to further tighten the grip on Vlahovic, and did just that.

Andrea Barberis – 6

The Italian midfielder took care of the ugly duels in the middle of the park, while allowing his teammates for push forward.

Christian Gytkjaer – 7

The Danish striker cemented his place in Monza’s history by scoring the goal that delivered the club’s maiden Serie A win. Not a bad second-half cameo after all.

Andrea Colpani – 6.5

The midfielder added some energy and drive to Palladino’s midfield at a time when the team was pushing for a winner.

Samuele Birindelli – N/A

Juventus (4-3-3)

Mattia Perin – 6

The second-fiddle Juventus goalkeeper made some routine saves, but could do little to prevent Gytkjaer’s winner.

Mattia De Sciglio – 5

Not a terrible performance from the fullback who limited Augusto’s danger, but offered next to nothing when going forward.

Federico Gatti – 5

The Italy international pulled off some decent interventions, but still lost his marker on a couple of occasions, including the Gytkjaer’s goal.

Gleison Bremer – 5.5

The Brazilian sustained a needless yellow card early in the match, and never looked comfortable with the ball at his feet. But still made some timely interceptions to prevent a more disastrous result.

Danilo – 5

The former Real Madrid man wore the captain’s armband in what went down as one the club’s worst performances in recent memory. Led a swift counter attack but made the wrong call by passing to Bremer.

Weston McKennie – 5.5

The American lacks the technical touch to make the difference in such cagey affairs, but at least he ran hard and tried his best for the cause. Created the team’s best chance with a precise cross towards Kean.

Leandro Paredes – 4.5

The Argentine offered very little on Sunday, and didn’t seem too interested in having the ball at his feet as he usually does. His freekick delivery was poor as well.

Fabio Miretti – 5

The youngster was one of the few Juventus players who looked lively, but the general display eventually took its toll on his performance. Still, he managed to pick up a teammate on some occasions, unlike some of Massimiliano Allegri’s other men.

Angel Di Maria – 3

The Argentine couldn’t produce anything noteworthy and ended up dooming Juventus by receiving his marching orders during the first half due to an elbow on Izzo. For a player with such massive experience, this type of blunders is simply unforgivable and inexcusable.

Dusan Vlahvovic – 4

The Serbian striker was either isolated from the rest of his teammates or trying to find a path between a host of opposite players. Another day to forget for the former Fiorentina star.

Filip Kostic – 4

Similarly to his compatriot, the former Eintracht Frankfurt winger produced very little. Couldn’t find a way between Marlon and Ciurria, and his delivery was mediocre to say the least.

Juventus Substitutes

Moise Kean – 5.5

Juventus fans simply knew that the Italian striker was unlikely to change the outcome of the match. Missed a chance to equalize as he headed the ball straight towards Di Gregorio.

Nicolò Fagioli – N/A

Matias Soulé – N/A

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