Juventus endured a devastating blow as they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against relegation-threatened Empoli in a Serie A clash after a 10-point deduction on standings.
The Old lady received the shocking verdict shortly before the match kicked off, casting a dark cloud over their performance.
With the loss, Juventus now find themselves in seventh place in the league standings with 59 points, trailing AS Roma by just one point, who currently occupy the final European qualifying spot in sixth place.
Their hopes of securing a top-four finish remain distant as they trail AC Milan, sitting in fourth place, by a significant margin of five points. With only two games remaining in the season, Juventus faces an uphill battle to salvage their European aspirations.
Empoli took control of the match early on, seizing the opportunity to capitalize on Juventus' vulnerable state.
Francesco Caputo opened the scoring for the home side in the 18th minute from the penalty spot after Arkadiusz Milik fouled Nicolo Cambiaghi. The deficit quickly doubled in the 21st minute when defender Sebastiano Luperto found the back of the net for Empoli. Caputo continued his stellar performance, adding a third goal for Empoli just after halftime.
Despite their struggles, Juventus managed to salvage a consolation goal through Federico Chiesa in the dying minutes of the match, offering a glimmer of hope. However, Empoli swiftly extinguished any chance of a comeback with Roberto Piccoli sealing the emphatic victory with a goal in stoppage time.