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Played
January 26, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
Attendance:‬ 38000‎
 
Top of the Match
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Juventus
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Juventus
Flop of the Match
Antonio Floro Flores
Antonio Floro Flores
Genoa
Mirko Vučinić
Mirko Vučinić
Juventus

Juventus 1-1 Genoa: Borriello returns to haunt Bianconeri

The enigmatic striker, who is currently on loan to the Rossoblu from Roma netted a header shortly after coming on as a substitute to cancel out Fabio Quagliarella's opener

By Mark Doyle

Claudio Marchisio (J), Andreas Granqvist (G) - Juventus-Genoa - Serie A
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Juventus blew the chance to move eight points clear at the summit of Serie A by being held to a 1-1 draw at home to a resilient Genoa side on Saturday evening.

Despite dominating possession and territory in the first half, the league leaders rarely tested Sebastien Frey in the Rossoblu goal, but the hosts belatedly made the breakthrough early in the second half through Fabio Quagliarella.

However, ex-Bianconero forward Marco Borriello came off the bench to level matters on 68 minutes and the visitors held on to claim a point that boosts their bid to avoid relegation, while at the same time offering second-placed Napoli the opportunity to close to within three points of Juventus should the Partenopei prevail in Parma on Sunday.

Undoubtedly buoyed by the news that Scudetto rivals Lazio had been surprisingly beaten at home by Chievo, the Bianconeri began brightly, with Arturo Vidal ghosting in behind the Genoa defence to latch onto a wonderful ball over the top from Leonardo Bonucci, only to be dispossessed by the scrambling Luca Antonelli. Claudio Marchisio, meanwhile, did manage to get a shot away when he broke the visitors’ offside trap midway through the first half but the Italy international fired badly wide.

However, for the most part, Genoa were doing a fine job repelling the home side’s advances, with Luca Antonelli, Andreas Granqvist and Thomas Manfredini taking it in turns to be in the right place at the right time. In addition, former Juventus forward Ciro Immobile, who has been linked with a more permanent return to Turin, was also threatening sporadically at the other end.

Still, the league leaders really should have opened the scoring just before the break when the effervescent Stephan Lichsteiner whipped a wonderful ball into the area. However, after doing well to get in front of Granqvist, Quagliarella prodded wide. The former Napoli hitman made amends, though, nine minutes into the second half, netting with the aid of a deflection off Granqvist after Lichtsteiner had pulled the ball back invitingly across the six-yard box.

His defence now having been breached, Genoa coach David Ballardini decided to make some changes and sent former Turin misfit Borriello on in place of the tiring Immobile. The on-loan Roma striker's first contribution was to get booked for cynically hauling down the rampaging Lichsteiner but his next intervention was far more positive, Borriello heading home Juraj Kucka's cross at the far post.

Jolted by that bolt from the blue, Juventus immediately went back on the front foot, with Lichtsteiner testing Frey from distance with a low drive. Substitute Sebastian Giovinco then struck the post with a sublime free kick before Stefano Beltrame drew another terrific save out of Genoa's No.1.

Try as they might, though, the home side were unable to snatch all three points, their sense of frustration only compounded by the referee's refusal to point to the spot after Granqvist had accidentally handled in the area in the final seconds of injury time.


Juventus

1
Gianluigi Buffon
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
3.50
11
Paolo De Ceglie
Defender
73′
2.50
15
Andrea Barzagli
Defender
3.50
19
4.00
26
4.00
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
3.00
8
Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder
83′
2.50
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
2.50
9
2.00
27
3.00

Genoa

3.50
1
Sebastien Frey
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
3.00
13
3.00
-
3.50
24
2.50
3
Eros Pisano
Defender
2.00
-
Ruben Olivera
Midfielder
59′
3.50
27
Matuzalem
Midfielder
50′
3.50
33
Juraj Kucka
Midfielder
68′
2.00
9
2.00
83

Substitutes

30
Marco Storari
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
Rubinho
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
 - 
20
Simone Padoin
Midfielder
 - 
23
3.50
33
Mauricio Isla
Midfielder
 - 
8
Luca Marrone
Midfielder
 - 
12
3.50
28
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
32
 - 
-
3.00
-
Marco Rossi
Midfielder
66′
 - 
10
 - 
-
Daniel Tozser
Midfielder
 - 
-
2.50
91
3.50
22

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0