Juve move into top four with Verona win

Despite their bad start to the season, Juventus could end the year in the top four in Serie A.

Moise Kean's goal was enough for the Turin giants, who ended with 10 men, to win 1-0 at bottom club Hellas Verona on Thursday and move third in the league standings.

Juventus host Lazio at the weekend in the final round before Serie A stops for the World Cup and the traditional winter break.

It was Juve's fifth straight league victory after winning just three of their opening nine Serie A matches.

Massimiliano Allegri's side were also eliminated from the Champions League after the group stage.

Verona remain five points from safety after a ninth straight defeat.

Despite Verona's poor form, Juventus struggled at the start and it was the home side who went closest to taking the lead, with the Bianconeri failing to create any real scoring opportunities.

But Juventus finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Adrien Rabiot threaded a ball through to Kean, with his shot being deflected in off Verona defender Pawel Dawidowicz.

Verona thought they'd been handed a chance of a late equaliser when they were a penalty following contact between Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and home forward Simone Verdi, seven minutes from time.

But referee Marco Di Bello revoked his decision after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Juventus defender Alex Sandro was sent off in stoppage time for fouling Kevin Lasagna just outside the area, denying Verona a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Meanwhile, Lazio climbed to second after a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Monza thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Luka Romero.

Monza thought they had taken the lead after 13 minutes, but Andrea Petagna's effort was ruled out due to offside after a VAR check.

The first half was tight and Lazio sealed victory in the 69th minute when Monza keeper Michele Di Gregorio could not hold Pedro's shot and Romero reacted quickly to the loose ball and put it in the net.

Lazio are second in the standings with 30 points from 14 games, eight behind leaders Napoli. Monza are 15th with 13 points.