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October 20, 2013
• Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
Referee: N. Rizzoli
• Attendance: 38290
G. Rossi 66', 76', 81'
C. Tévez 37'
P. Pogba 40'
Juventus remain in third place in the Serie A standings whilst that stunning second half display lifts Fiorentina up to fifth. The Bianconeri will look to bounce back in their crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday whilst the Viola face Romanian side Pandurii in the Europa League on Thursday. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye!
FT: Fiorentina 4-2 Juventus. Giuseppe Rossi's superb hat trick inspires the Viola to a sensational second half comeback in Florence to end Fiorentina's 15-year winless home run against the Bianconeri. Joaquin also got on the scoresheer for the hosts after goals from Tevez and Pogba had given Antonio Conte's side a 2-0 half-time lead. First defeat of the season for Juventus as Roma maintain their five-point lead at the Serie A summit.
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Pirlo whips in a corner and there is a huge cheer as Neto punches clear. Less than a minute remaining.
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You can sense the confidence in this Fiorentina side as they pass the ball around for fun in the closing stages. Matos jinks past the challenge of Chiellini but the young Brazilian is denied by the legs of Buffon.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
Another yellow card for Juventus as Bonucci brings down Matos. Time running out for the Old Lady here. They are set for their first league defeat of the season.
Juventus are frustrated and substitute Marco Motta is cautioned for a mistimed tackle on Pasqual. The Viola faithful are loving every minute of this.
Yellow Card Marco Motta
This is the first time that Juventus have conceded four goals under Antonio Conte in a single match. What a turnaround from Vincenzo Montella's side. It seems their 15-year winless home run against Juventus is finally coming to an end.
A standing ovation for Giuseppe Rossi as he comes off to be replaced by 20-year-old Brazilian attacker Ryder Matos. A hat trick today and eight goals in eight league games for the season.
There have been question marks over the Juventus defence and the Bianconeri backline has completely collapsed in this second half. Fernandez looks to set up Valero for a fifth but Barzagli gets across to make the block.
Assist Juan Cuadrado
Goal Giuseppe Rossi
UNBELIEVABLE! ROSSI MAKES IT 4-2! Cuadrado's pace launches a counter attack for Fiorentina and his pass tees up Rossi, who curls a finessed shot across Buffon and into the far corner to claim to his hat trick. Astonishing comeback from the Viola!
Antonio Conte does not know what has happened and he responds by bringing on Giovinco for Asamoah.
Assist Borja Valero
3-2!!! WHAT A TURNAROUND FROM FIORENTINA! The Juventus shirts are all over the place at the back and Valero is allowed all the time in the world to pick out Joaquin on the right, who coolly slots the ball past Buffon. The Artemio Franchi erupts!
Antonio Conte opts to make an instant switch with Arturo Vidal replacing Claudio Marchisio.
Assist Mati Fernández
Goal Giuseppe Rossi
ROSSI MAKES IT 2-2! Buffon will not want to see that again! The Fiorentina attacker wriggles away from Pogba with a neat turn before his left-footed shot from the edge of the box somehow finds its way into the far corner. Great comeback from Fiorentina!
Borja Valero looks the most likely to make things happen for Fiorentina but his neat reverse pass is crucially intercepted by Barzagli, denying Rossi a route to goal.
LLORENTE GOES CLOSE! The tall Spaniard has been rather anonymous up front but his header from Tevez's fierce cross takes a deflection before going narrowly wide of the right post.
Pirlo's free kicks have not impressed today and his latest effort strikes the head of Savic in the wall before going behind for a corner.
Yellow Card Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo is left bemused by the referee when he is cautioned for a foul on Cuadrado. That did seem a little harsh.
The home fans are bouncing and the volume is rising inside the Artemio Franchi. Can Fiorentina find an equaliser with 22 minutes to go?
Penalty Goal Giuseppe Rossi
ROSSI MAKES IT 2-1! Fiorentina halve the deficit as Rossi strikes a penalty firmly into the bottom left corner, beyond the outstretched glove of Buffon. That's his sixth goal in eight league matches. Game on!
Yellow Card Kwadwo Asamoah
PENALTY TO FIORENTINA! Matias Fernandez wriggles his way into the box before he is brought down when tangling boots with Asamoah. The referee points to the spot. Good decision from the referee in my opinion.
Joaquin's marauding run inside from the right flank sets up Cuadrado on the edge of the box but the Colombian leans back and balloons an effort high over the bar.
GOOD PLAY FROM ASAMOAH! The Ghanaian plays a splendid one-two with Llorente, jinking inside the challenge of Savic before his shot is straight at Neto.
Marchisio's foul allows Fernandez to eye up a free kick on the edge of the box. However, the Chilean's effort lacks pace and Buffon gets across easily to make the save.
Pirlo hasn't seen too much of the ball today but he goes close to scoring here as his dipping free kick is fingertipped over the bar smartly by Neto. I think it may have taken a slight deflection off the wall.
Yellow Card Stefan Savic
Savic is the second Fiorentina man to be cautioned after his late challenge on Pogba. The Juventus players are not happy about that tackle.
Aquilani has failed to impress against his former side and he is withdrawn in place of Joaquin. Can the Spaniard give the Viola the attacking inspiration they need?
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR JUVENTUS! Antonio Conte's side look firmly in control now and they nearly snatch a third when Chiellini meets Pirlo's free kick. However, his header is too close to Neto who gets down low to make the stop.
GREAT SAVE FROM NETO! Marchisio is looking lively for Juventus and he skips around the challenge of Roncaglia. The midfielder attempts to lift the ball over the advancing goalkeeper but Neto stands firm to make the vital block.
Asamoah gets forward well from left-back again and he tees the ball off for Marchisio whose shot is well blocked by Roncaglia. If Fiorentina are to salvage anything from this game, they need to score next.
Aquilani and Cuadrado look to play a one-two into the Juventus box but Chiellini is there to break up the attack. Buffon has hardly been called into action so far.
Mario Gomez is in fact in the stands today. How the Viola must be wishing he was fit at the moment. Only one win in their last six league games as it stands.
Juventus look for their third goal immediately from the restart but Asamoah can only wildly slice Tevez's layoff over the bar.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel for the second half. Can Fiorentina produce a comeback or is their miserable home record against Juventus set to continue? Let's find out...
HT: Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus. After a tightly-contested 36 minutes, the Viola gifted the Bianconeri the chance to take the lead when Gonzalo Rodriguez fouled Tevez in the box and the Argentine picked himself up to score from the spot. Minutes later, another defensive error, this time from Cuadrado, allowed Pogba to tap in from close range to extend the visitor's advantage. Hardly a vintage Juventus performance but they hold a crucial two-goal lead at the break.
Concern for Juventus here as Pirlo takes a heavy blow to the chest from Aquilani. It seems he should be okay to continue despite Vidal warming up on the touchline.
Rossi looks to halve the deficit just before the break but his snapshot from the edge of the box drags wide of the right post. Montella does not look a happy man on the touchline.
Losing Ambrosini has really cost Fiorentina here as they are now lacking that shield in front of the defence. They were proving more than a match for Juventus but against the champions, you just cannot afford to make silly mistakes.
Goal Paul Pogba
POGBA MAKES IT 2-0! It's a terrible mistake from Cuadrado as his attempted clearance spirals up into the air and Pogba is on hand to convert from close range. It's all gone to pieces for Montella's side.
Juventus have their tails up now and they look for a second goal. However, Valero gets back brilliantly to block Tevez's goalbound effort.
Penalty Goal Carlos Tévez
TEVEZ MAKES IT 1-0! The Argentine steps up confidently and slams the penalty down the middle with Neto diving to his left. They've hardly tested the Fiorentina goalkeeper but Juventus lead.
Yellow Card Juan Cuadrado
PENALTY TO JUVENTUS! Gonzalo Rodriguez is the culprit as he brings down Tevez inside the box and the referee duly points to the spot.
Asamoah concedes a silly free kick for a needless foul on Cuadrado but Pasqual's effort is poor and goes straight into the Juventus wall.
Neto has really earned his spot as Fiorentina No.1 this season and he produces a good take to pluck Pirlo's teasing free kick out of the air under pressure from Chiellini. Will we see a goal before the half time whistle?
GOOD SAVE FROM NETO! The game is starting to open up a little now and Asamoah lays the ball of to Marchisio on the edge of the box whose low shot is tipped behind for a corner.
Roncaglia appears to be the biggest attacking threat to Buffon's goal and his dipping volley, after good work from Cuadrado, is well saved by Italy's record appearance holder.
CHANCE FOR JUVENTUS! Carlos Tevez goes close to opening the scoring when he connects with Pogba's accurate cross from the right. However, the Argentine's header bounces narrowly wide.
Vincenzo Montella is forced to make his first change of the game as Matias Fernandez replaces Massimo Ambrosini. The 36-year-old appears to have picked up a slight knock.
Savic is proving a nuisance from set-pieces and Chiellini and Buffon are both called into desperate defensive action to deny the Montenegrin. Good spell for the Viola.
Yellow Card Andrea Barzagli
Barzagli is the next man to be cautioned after his late challenge on Rossi. The centre-back protests his innocence but the referee rightly brandishes the yellow card.
The Viola are enjoying the majority of the pressure here but they are yet to seriously test Buffon. Roncaglia lines up a shot from distance but it flies wide of the goalkeeper's left-hand post.
Juventus test Neto for the first time when Llorente feeds Tevez on the edge of the box. However, the Argentine's tame effort is comfortably gathered by the young shotstopper.
Cuadrado is looking to cause problems with his direct dribbling down the right. He finds Aquilani with a nudged through pass but the central midfielder is adjudged offside.
Yellow Card Alberto Aquilani
Aquilani joins Tevez in the book after a rash, ill-timed challenge on Bonucci and he can have no complaints. The Juventus centre-back certainly felt that one and is receiving treatment.
Juventus win a free kick around 30 yards from goal but Pirlo can only strike the frame of former-teammate Aquilani in the wall. Not one of his finer efforts.
Yellow Card Carlos Tévez
Tevez picks up the first booking of the game for an innocous-looking challenge on Roncaglia. He did vent his frustration to the referee however so it may well have been for dissent.
Juventus are looking a little shaky here and Cuadrado nearly capitalises on a mix-up at the back between Buffon and Bonucci, only for the Azzurri goalkeeper to scramble the ball out to safety.
Fiorentina are playing some neat football here and Valero produces a cheeky nutmeg to deceive Pogba on the edge of the box. However, Pizarro cannot pick out a man with his pass and a promising attack breaks down.
Fiorentina have started brightly and Valero sends a teasing cross into the box which just evades the heads of Gonzalo and Savic. Juventus' defence has certainly not been as watertight as in previous seasons.
Juventus threaten for the first time in the game but Neto is off his line quickly to prevent Tevez from reaching Llorente's low cross from the right. It'll be interesting to see how those two link up for Juventus today.
Early concerns here for Fiorentina as Rossi goes off the field to receive some treatment. With strikers already at a minimum, that is the last thing that Vincenzo Montella needs. He has five goals in seven Serie A games this season.
Borja Valero produces some neat footwork to get away from Pogba before being fouled by the Frenchman. Pasqual whips in the resulting free kick but Marchisio heads it clear.
Captains Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Pasqual, both who were on international duty for Italy this week, exchange handshakes in the centre circle and this game is finally ready to get underway. Fiorentina will kick off proceedings.
A fantastic montage from one stand of the stadium displays Fiorentina's badge. This is one of the first fixtures the Viola fans look out for on the Serie A calendar and they will be desperate for their team to end their 15-year winless home streak against the Biaconeri today.
The two sides emerge from the tunnel and onto the Artemio Franchi's pristine playing surface. Fiorentina are donning their traditional purple jerseys with Juventus also sporting their home black and white strip. Kickoff is moments away...
Many people thought that Conte could be tempted to switch his side around with the crucial upcoming Champions League tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday but the Juventus coach is certainly not underestimating the Viola today and appears determined to overtake Napoli and cut Roma's lead to just two points.
As for Juventus, Antonio Conte has decided to drop Arturo Vidal after the Chilean missed his flight back from international duty. Fernando Llorente is once again given the chance to partner Carlos Tevez up front whilst Simone Padoin deputises on the right for the absent Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Injuries to Mario Gomez, Ante Rebic and Josip Ilicic mean that that Giuseppe Rossi again leads the line by himself, with Borja Valero expected to play in the hole. David Pizarro has shaken off a knock to start alongside ex-Juventus man Alberto Aquilani in the Viola midfield.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez.
FIORENTINA (3-5-1-1): Neto; Roncaglia, Gonzalo, Savic; Cuadrado, Ambrosini, Pizarro, Aquilani, Pasqual; Borja Valero; Rossi.
Without further ado, here is today's team news...
The omens do not look good for Fiorentina as Juventus are unbeaten in Florence for the last 15 years, managing seven draws and four victories. A Gabriel Batistuta strike in a 1-0 victory back in December 1998 was the last time the Viola triumphed on home soil.
Can the Viola dent the Old Lady's early season form or will Juventus continue their impressive record away in Florence? Bringing you all the action from the Artemio Franchi, my name is Max Bentley.
As for the Bianconeri, they are unbeaten and have dropped only two points - the 1-1 draw with Inter - but their performances have hardly been convincing and there is a growing belief around the Serie A contenders that Juventus' crown is there for the taking.
With Roma continuing their excellent start to the season, making it eight wins out of eight against Napoli, the pressure is on for both Fiorentina and Juventus to keep up the pace. The Viola have enjoyed a steady start to the season but they have won only one of their last five games, with fingers pointing to the absence of Mario Gomez.
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