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December 16, 2012 2:00 p.m. GMT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ D. Massa‎
Attendance:‬ 38625‎
 
 
14′ Andrea Pirlo
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 3-0 Atalanta

A dominant display from Juve, who demolished their visitors in Turin thanks to a fine team display and goals from Mirko Vucinic, Claudio Marchisio and a superb free-kick from Pirlo

By Frank Tigani

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    63
    1
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    It was not really a busy evening for the captain but he made a terrific stop from Denis early on that was pretty crucial in the context of the game.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    56
    1
    4.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Laid off the pass to Marchisio, from which he went on to score. Matched the threat of Denis and covered well for Marrone. A typcially unassuming, robust and dominant display by Chiellini.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    53
    2
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Was his no-nonsense self. A rather comfortable afternoon at the back for the Italy international, who, along with Chiellini, minimised the impact of the towering Denis.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    54
    1
    3.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    The Swiss worked hard throughout. Although, he would have liked to have made more of an impact from an attacking perspective in a game that his side dominated. However, he was asked to play a more defensive role in the second half and he did his job well.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    67
    3
    4.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    As combative as ever in the middle of the park and once again displayed his scoring nous with a finely hit goal. Interchanged positions with ease with his team-mates and was no less comfortable when later asked to play on the left side of midfield. Another great all-round display.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    76
    2
    4.50

    Andrea Pirlo Top of the Match

    An absolute gem of a goal from a free kick. Was at his majestic best as he once again ran proceedings with his range of passing. Got stuck in defensively, too. A top display from the Italian legend.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    50
    3
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Nothing spectacular from the Ghanaian. Along with Chiellini, he kept Atalanta at bay down the left flank. Got forward on occasion. Did a good job when put at left-back later on.

  • Arturo Vidal
    50
    3
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Clearly wanted to get in on the scoring, as he tested Consigli a couple of times in the first half. Was tidy on the ball, as ever, while defensively not much got past him. Should have scored in the final minute with the goal gaping.

  • Luca Marrone
    50
    2
    3.00

    Luca Marrone

    The youngster’s slip let in Denis for a one-on-one with Buffon. A little unsure at times, but, looked more comfortable when Juve switched to a back four and Chiellini joined him in the centre.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    56
    2
    4.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Opened the scoring with a expertly taken strike within minutes of the kick off. Linked up well with Giovinco and always looked a threat. Taken off for Quagliarella on the hour.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    57
    4
    4.00

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Provided the assist for Vucinic’s opener. Was dangerous throughout the contest. Tried in vain to get on the score board, but, bottled a number of chances, particularly in the second period. Still, an impressive performance even if he forgot his shooting boots.

Substitutions

  • Simone Padoin
    40
    5
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Like Giaccherini, conditions allowed him to get forward often. Got the better of Peluso far too easily on occasion.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    45
    4
    3.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Came on with Juve coasting. It enabled him to get forward on occasion down the left wing and he did cause problems for Atalanta. Had Juve’s strikers been more accurate, might have got an assist.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    43
    4
    3.50

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Introduced for Vucinic and registered three shots as he looked to extend Juve’s lead.

  • Andrea Consigli
    18
    3
    4.50

    Andrea Consigli

    Perhaps it is slightly harsh, but may have done more to stop Marchisio’s goal. However, he had an excellent second half as he frustrated Giovinco and his team-mates time and time again.

  • Stefano Lucchini
    0
    5
    2.00

    Stefano Lucchini

    He undeniably improved after the break as he did his best to limit the damage, but he was guilty of allowing Marchisio far too much space to line up his goal.

  • Thomas Manfredini
    1
    8
    1.00

    Thomas Manfredini Flop of the Match

    Was defensively poor for the half hour he did play. Got himself two deserving yellow cards in the space of 60 seconds to make it nigh impossible for his team already three down by this stage to get anything from the game. His team-mates deserve an apology for his stupidity.

  • Gianpaolo Bellini
    1
    5
    2.50

    Gianpaolo Bellini

    A nervy start from the captain, whose slip allowed Vucinic on to score the opening goal. His afternoon did not improve all that much as the game wore on.

  • Federico Peluso
    1
    5
    2.50

    Federico Peluso

    Perhaps the best of the Atalanta defence, though that is not saying much. Limited the threat of Lichtsteiner in the opening stages but was overrun by the Swiss, and later Padoin. Rarely got forward.

  • Ezequiel Schelotto
    2
    4
    2.50

    Ezequiel Schelotto

    Not his best display, though you can say that about the rest of his team, too. Was forced into a more defensive role following Manfredini’s red card. Still tried to get forward, but was outmatched by Asamoah. Giaccherini also caused him problems later on. In truth, an afternoon he’d rather forget.

  • Giacomo Bonaventura
    2
    5
    2.00

    Giacomo Bonaventura

    His pace proved threating at times. Tried to link up with Denis at every opportunity but he was subbed before half-time as Stefano Colantuono rejigged things following the red card.

  • Maximiliano Moralez
    1
    5
    2.00

    Maximiliano Moralez

    It was a tough outing for the diminutive Argentine. Had the pace and trickery to create for the visitors, but, Juve kept him quiet rather too easily.

  • Luca Cigarini
    1
    4
    2.00

    Luca Cigarini

    As ever, he sprayed the passes about from the centre. But, along with his teammates, he was outfought and outclassed by Pirlo, Marchisio and Vidal. Subbed in the second half after picking up a knock.

  • Ivan Radovanovic
    2
    5
    1.50

    Ivan Radovanovic

    Completely overshadowed in the center of the park. Was withdrawn at the break, which came as little surprise.

  • Germán Denis
    1
    5
    1.50

    Germán Denis

    Fluffed early chance to equalise following a defensive mistake. It proved vital as Juve went on to score three. With his side down a man, the service dried up in what was a frustrating outing for the Argentine.

Substitutions

  • Guglielmo Stendardo
    1
    5
    2.50

    Guglielmo Stendardo

    Came on to sure up things defensively for the visitors. And, given that Juve did not score a goal while he was on the field he deserves some credit.

  • Riccardo Cazzola
    1
    5
    2.00

    Riccardo Cazzola

    Came on for the last 15 minutes and had no impact on the game.

  • Davide Biondini
    1
    5
    2.00

    Davide Biondini

    Sent on in place of Radovanovic to cover for the sent-off Manfredini in the centre of defence. Juve still continued to carve opportunities at will with his introduction.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0