The Bianconeri were without Federico Chiesa, Paul Pogba, Leonardo Bonucci, Kaio Jorge plus suspended Adrien Rabiot and Leandro Paredes, but Arkadiusz Milik was thrown straight into the starting XI in his first appearance since a thigh strain at the end of January. Hellas missed Diego Coppola, Darko Lazovic, Isak Hien, Milan Djuric, Ibrahim Sulemana, Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Ajdin Hrustic and Thomas Henry.
Ondrej Duda fired straight at Wojciech Szczesny in the opening minutes, while Gleison Bremer couldn’t make clean contact with a free header on a corner.
Fabio Depaoli was inches away from scoring a spectacular volley into the ground on Kevin Lasagna’s cross, as it grazed the far post.
Juventus went even closer with a smart free kick routine, Milik’s back-heel flick for a Danilo strike deflected onto the frame of the goal.
The deadlock was broken with a well-worked passing move between Fabio Miretti and Manuel Locatelli, releasing Kean to take a touch and sweep past Lorenzo Montipò from eight yards.
However, Kean was then booked for a lunge and will be suspended for the next round against Lazio.
Szczesny had to rush off his line and palm the ball off the foot of Lasagna after a rapid Verona counter-attack, while Filippo Terracciano forced a desperate save out of the Juventus goalkeeper with a strike from the edge of the box.
The Bianconeri really should’ve put the game beyond doubt at the 86th minute when Federico Gatti knocked back a set play at the far post for Bremer, who somehow shinned it wide from a yard.
Filip Kostic then saw his counter-attack charged down and Simone Verdi’s free kick was deflected wide. With Verona pushing to the end, Max Allegri stormed off in a rage before the final whistle.
Juventus 1-0 Verona
Kean 56 (J)