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Juventus held to a draw by Empoli after early red card

Juventus, down to 10 men after just 18 minutes, were held to a 1-1 draw by Empoli in Serie A. It was the first time the two sides had played out a draw since March 2008.

Juventus started the game brightly, with Dušan Vlahović and Andrea Cambiaso both testing Empoli goalkeeper Elia Caprile. But their plans were derailed when Arkadiusz Milik was sent off for a lunging tackle on Alberto Cerri.

Empoli made the most of their man advantage, with Nicolò Cambiaghi forcing Wojciech Szczęsny into a couple of good saves. Juventus defended well, but Fabio Miretti missed a good chance to score just before half-time.

Juventus took the lead early in the second half through Vlahović, who scored his fifth goal in his last three games. But Empoli equalised through substitute Tommasso Baldanzi, who curled a shot into the bottom corner.

Juventus could have won the game late on, but Matteo Cancellieri missed a good chance after being played through by Cambiaghi.

The draw extends Juventus’ unbeaten run to 19 games, but it means their seven-game winning run is over. Empoli, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their two games under new manager Davide Nicola and are just one point from safety.

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