Paulo Dybala was criticized midweek in Juventus struggle against Real Madrid in Uefa Champions League quarterfinals first-leg. The Argentine playmaker has an off day on the field as Juve loses 3-0 against Real Madrid. He tried to do too much to help his team and in the process end up receiving the red card with 30 minutes of the game left to play. Dybala needed to come back strong leaving behind the midweek game, and he did it in style. He responds to his critics with a hat-trick performance against Benevento earning Juve 4-2 victory.
It was top vs the bottom game in Serie A, but it doesn’t look the same way. Dybala did give Bianconeri an early lead with his left-foot curler, but Benevento fought back. It looked like La Joya celebration of wishing a happy birthday to his mother with a T-shirt party will be ruined. Binaconeir standing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny finds himself helpless with Cheick Diabate tap-in from rebound.
Dybala… disappoints again against quality opposition when the pressure is on. Maybe one day but not today. Is he really the guy to build around? Give me Isco over him any day.
— Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) April 3, 2018
The score was level, and Gonzalo Higuain’s replacement Mario Mandzukic was denied a goal when it was found that ball bounced from Croatian’s arm to go in the net. Juan Cuadrado also wasted an opportunity to take the lead for Juventus when he shot wide from a long ball.
Mami, acá te llevo el regalo 🎁! 🎉. Feliz cumple Ma, te amo ❤
Mamma, qui c’è il mio regalo 🎁! Auguri!
Mami, this is my present for you 🎁😂! Happy birthday, I love you ❤! pic.twitter.com/BNLsOaUcHr
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) April 7, 2018
It took Juve first-half stoppages to take the lead with VAR assistance. Miralem Pjanic was brought down Djimisti in the penalty box. The referee didn’t see it as a penalty but with the assistance of VAR system, the penalty was awarded. Dybala converted the penalty from the spot to give Juve 2-1 lead.
However, Dybala braced was challenged by Diabate as Malian player headed home a looping header in the top corner in the 51st minute. It took Gonzalo Higuain’s introduction into the game to turn the game in Bianconeri favor. Higuain was tripped down by Nicolas Viola in the penalty area and Dybala got his hat-trick from the spot.
Douglas Costa ends the mess. grabbing Juve’s fourth of the night. Brazilian produces a moment of magic playing in his natural position. He cut inside from the right flank to send a scorching left-foot finish in the top corner.
Dybala hat-trick and Costa’s beauty helped Juve to leave behind the midweek disaster. It also allowed Bianconeri to take the seven-point lead over their nearest rival Napoli. However, Napoli can reduce the lead to four with their victory over Chievo tomorrow.