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28 October 2012
• Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Referee: A. Gervasoni
• Attendance: 14000
A. Vidal 57'
Although Juventus were efficient in their performance, the scoreline doesn't tell the whole scoreline from this match, as Catania caused the away side a lot of problems - especially on the break.
Full time in Sicily, as an unlucky Catania side fail to pick up any points against the league leaders. Refereeing decisions will dominate the headlines, as Bergessio was denied a rightful goal.
90' + 5'
Bonucci blasts a second long range strike over the bar, if his side were in different circumstances, Conte might care about it.
90' + 3'
Giovinco races with Legrottaglie, the Catania central defender looks to clip and bring down the pacey Italian, but the referee waves it away. That could easily have been a second red card for the home side.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Simone Padoin
90' + 2'
Bendtner is terrible again, and Vidal shows his frustration. The Dane wearily made his way forward with the ball, but inside of crossing the ball, he somehow manages to give it to Andujar under minimal pressure.
90' + 1'
Oooooh, Giovinco should have put the game beyond doubt! The little Italian ghosts past a couple of Catania players, but fires his effort narrowly over the bar from a good position. He should have done much better there.
Morimoto is outmuscled by Asamoah as he chased after a stray ball in the Juve area, goes down dramatically, and the referee rightly decides not to point to the spot.
Caceres replaces Lichtsteiner, as the away side bring on some fresh legs.
Juventus are happy to keep hold of the ball, as a tiring Catania side begin to struggle with the physical aspect of the game. Andujar powerfully beats away a Vidal strike for a Juve corner.
Bendtner beats Legrottaglie, forces Andujar to close him down and only has to play a two yard ball to play in one of his teammates. The Dane fails to find a black and white shirt, however.
Despite being down to ten men, Catania are putting pressure on the away side, but Buffon is yet to be tested.
Two corners in quick succession both cause problems for Juve, as the first hits the side netting, the second is flapped at by Buffon.
Morimoto replaces Gomez for the home side, as the exhausted winger is sacrificed for some fresh legs.
Giovinco is involved straight away, and the impressive Andujar is forced to beat away his strike for yet another Juve corner.
Giovinco replaces Vucinic, who, like Bendtner, hasn't had the best game.
Juve waste possession yet again, as Bonucci plays a terrible cross across the opposition's area, allowing the home side to look to break again - which is the situation in which they look dangerous.
Vidal plays a cutting pass in between Spolli and Rolin, looking for Vucinic, but the latter manages to recover well to bully Vucinic on the ball and jockey the striker wide.
Catania lack the final cutting pass yet again, after good work from Rolin found Castro, who jinked past a defender and centred the ball - but it failed to reach any of his teammates.
Vidal finds himself in possession the opposition area, nutmegs Almiron to find Vucinic at the edge of the 18 yard box, but the Montenegro striker fails to jink his way past his first man.
Andujar is quick off his mark yet again, this time racing out to beat Bendtner to the ball, after a powerful break down the left from Asamoah.
Bergessio is denied the opportunity to turn in the Juve area, as he looks to shoot, and is crowded out by black and white shirts. He was an isolated figure against Inter, and is taking up a similar role today.
First change of the game is Catania's as Barrientos is replaced by Castro. The reshuffle could be down to Marchese's red.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Great save! Andujar gets a hand to Pogba's header, tipping the ball around the post! He's kept his side in this game, that's for sure.
Yellow/Red Giovanni Marchese
Second yellow card for Marchese! The home side are down to ten men, after receiving two cards for handball. The wide man may feel aggrieved as his first yellow was harsh.
Pogba throws himself to the floor, holding his face, as Spolli robs the ball off his foot. He was caught with a forearm, but I'm under the impression that the Frenchman perhaps wanted a penalty there.
CLOSE! Vidal close to another goal in this game, but drags his shot just wide of Andujar's post.
Bendtner goes down yet again, as Spolli won a header over him. Catania break, work the ball to the edge of the Juve area, but Gomez' shot is blocked by a defender.
Almiron puts in an early claim for 'Worst Shot of the Season' as the midfielder lashes a strike across goal, and out of play for a throw in. Diabolical.
Spolli outmuscles Bendtner inside the Catania area, as the striker looked to get onto the end of a through ball, the Dane wants a penalty but the referee isn't interested.
Catania can feel aggrieved again, as Bendtner was found in an offside position in the build up play to Juve's opening goal.
Goal Arturo Vidal
GOAL! Vidal stabs the ball home, after Andujar could only parry a poor Bendtner effort!
Bendtner goes down under the challenge from Spolli, as the Catania man managed to defuse what looked to be a dangerous attack, it's really not been the Dane's day so far.
Nothing of note from the past five minutes, as both sides struggle to settle into the second half. Izco is continuing after looking to be injured by Asamoah.
Izco goes down injured, after tangling with Asamoah, the referee allows the wide man to put a cross into the box, before calling play back after second thoughts.
Andujar is called into action for the first time in the second half, but it's a routine catch for the keeper, after a poor cross from Lichtsteiner.
Lichtsteiner and Barzagli sandwich Gomez, after the winger used his trickery to win a free kick. From the resultant set piece, Pogba heads away brilliantly for the away side.
Bendtner starts the second half in the same vein as the first, being caught offside twice within the opening two minutes.
The referee blows the whistle to restart proceedings! Hopefully the officiating is more rational in the second half!
Nicklas Bendtner has been given a chance in this match, but is yet to justify his selection, the loanee striker will have to up his game in the second half to prove his worth.
Other than the disallowed goal, Catania have got plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the second half, as Juventus have definitely not managed to get control of this game yet.
45' + 1'
The referee calls time on an eventful first half, which has seen six yellow cards and a perfectly legal goal ruled out for offside! Catania have every right to be aggrieved about the decision, but need to keep their focus if they are to get anything from this match.
That's way over from Pirlo, that's a poor free kick effort by anyone's standards, not just his own high ones.
Almiron concedes a free kick in an area where Pirlo may look to have an effort at goal.
Andujar is busy again, this time to beat away a swerving Pirlo strike!
Andujar saves! Lichtsteiner hangs up a lovely cross, Bendtner gets his head on the end of it, which sets up Vunicic. The Argentine shot-stopper manages to push Vucinic's effort away from point blank range!
Yellow Card Nicola Legrottaglie
A foul is given against Chiellini, as Bonucci gets his head on the end of yet another Pirlo corner. Fouls aplenty in this match!
The fifth yellow card of the game so far! Catania's players are incensed, as the referee has dishing cards out in a frenzy.
Ooooh! Pogba sends a dipping, swerving effort towards goal, and Andujar looks to tip the ball just over the bar! No corner given, mind.
CLOSE! Bendtner clips the bar with a header, after a good free kick delivery from Pirlo. Turns out that it was offside anyway, not the first time the on-loan man has been found in such a position.
Yellow Card Giovanni Marchese
Yellow Card Pablo Barrientos
Bendtner heads way, way over after battling work from Asamoah and Pogba. Not the best of starts for the Danish striker, but plenty of the game remains for him to impress.
Bendtner is slipped in behind the Catania back line, but Andujar smothers the ball quickly. Turns out that it was offside anyway, not that Bendtner will feel any better about the incident.
Good build up play initially from Catania comes to nothing, after a misplaced pass from Bergessio finds Asamoah rather than a play in red and blue.
Pogba tries an effort from range, but gets absolutely everything wrong with it, that's a terrible strike.
Yellow Card Nicolás Spolli
Spolli clatters Vucinic, getting a yellow card for his trouble - probably due to his frustration at the disallowed goal.
Hang on, no, they've disallowed it for offside! There's nothing wrong with Bergessio's goal, but it's been ruled out! Unbelievable, Catania have been robbed!
GOAL! Bergessio taps in, after a Marchese cross was flicked on, hit the back post and found the frontman in space!
Yellow Card Kwadwo Asamoah
CLOSE FOR CATANIA! A cross from Marchese takes a wicked deflection and almost crept inside Buffon's back post! No one knew where that ball was going to end up!
Bendtner's first effort of the afternoon is a weak header across goal, which Andujar catches easily.
Lodi fires a shot well wide, after good work down the left from Gomez and Marchese presented him with the ball at the edge of the box.
Yellow Card Alexis Rolín
A great sliding tackle from Vidal prevents Almiron from having a shot on goal, Juve break but their play is stopped by Rolli's hand. The Catania defender picks up the first yellow of the game.
Close for the home side! Gomez does well to prevent a switch in play from going out for a Juve throw in, aims his cross towards the back post, but Bonucci manages to outjump his marker to head the ball away.
Chiellini makes a vital interception to prevent Almiron's pass from allowing Bergessio to go one-on-one with Buffon, after intricate build-up play from the home side.
Close! Asamoah lashes a powerful effort at goal, as he picks up the scraps of the free kick, Andujar can only watched as it whistles over his crossbar!
Juve win a free kick in quite a dangerous area, after Bendtner was sandwiched.
Pirlo plays a lofted ball over Rolin, looking for Bendtner, but the Dane only just manages to keep it from going out for a corner. He looked a little slow there.
Pogba goes down on the edge of the area under a challenge, but it looked a touch dramatic.. the referee waves away the decision.
Asamoah is again found in plenty of space wide on the left, whips in a decent ball, but it finds a Catania player's boot instead of the head of Vucinic or Bendtner.
Close for Juve! Vidal slips the ball in behind Marchese to Lichtsteiner, the Swiss wide man looks to play the ball across the six yard box from the byline, but Andujar smothers the attempted cross.
Pirlo's corner is aimed towards Vucinic, but the Montenegro forward miscontrols, allowing the home side to clear.
After some good skill from Asamoah down the left flank, his eventual cross is blocked, giving Juve a corner.
Pirlo shapes to whip in Juve's first free kick of the game, but plays it short to Vidal. The midfielder hammers a strike at goal, which Andujar fumbles at first, but claims at the second attempt.
Mirko Vucinic has a shot charged down, after having the ball slipped into him from Pirlo, and Catania clear their lines.
Catania have the first half chance of the game, as an Izco cross narrowly evaded Bergessio at the back post!
And we are underway in Sicily!
A minute of silence is held in memory of the Italian soldier killed in action this week in Afghanistan, Tiziano Chierotti.
The players are marching out from the tunnel, into the the morning sun, we are moments away from kick off!
Juventus starting line-up: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Bendtner, Vucinic.
Catania starting line-up: Andujar; Rolin, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Izco, Lodi, Almiron, Barrientos, Marchese, Gomez; Bergessio.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I'll be providing you with all of the action from today's game, as Juventus look to extend their lead at the top of Serie A
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