Wojciech Szczesny saves Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Wojciech Szczesny proved his ability to save penalty kicks was very useful for Juventus when conquering AS Roma 4-3 in Serie A continued Italian League at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Monday (10/1) early morning WIB. Szczesny’s action towards the end of the match ensured Juventus came home with three points.
Initially Juventus trailed 1-3, but then scored three goals in seven minutes to turn back 4-3 ahead. In this situation, Roma got a penalty after Matthijs de Ligt’s handball in the 81st minute. However, Szczesny’s save on Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty made the score unchanged for the Old Lady’s advantage.
The 31-year-old Polish goalkeeper has an outstanding record facing penalty shootouts. He saved 23 of the 79 he faced throughout his career, or 29.11 percent.
Interestingly, his most recent penalty save previously also occurred against Roma. Szczesny saved Jordan Veretout’s equalizer in the Bianconeri’s 1-0 home win over the Giallorossi in October.
Szczesny has come under fire this season by some Juventus fans for his dip in form, but saves like the one against Pellegrini showed that he still deserves to be Juventus’ goalscorer. Szczesny can be the difference in the most important matches.
The Polish goalkeeper was in high spirits after the decisive penalty save. Speaking in an interview with DAZN After the win, Szczesny first discussed his emotions after the final whistle.
“It feels great to be able to save a penalty at such an important moment in the game,” said Szczesny, quoted by Football Italia.
According to Szczesny, he did not do his best to save the penalty. Because when he made a deceptive move, Szczesny admitted that he did it a little faster.
“But I was lucky because Pellegrini shot the ball at me. It felt very good,” he said.