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February 9, 2013 5:00 p.m. GMT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ P. Mazzoleni‎
Attendance:‬ 38000‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 2-0 Fiorentina

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Bianconeri turn up the heat in the Scudetto race with Matri and Vucinic on target in a straightforward victory against the Viola

By Tom Webber

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    10
    0
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Kept out Jovetic in the 12th minute from an acute angle and continued to patrol his area well. Although Fiorentina threatened, Buffon was rarely stretched and looked at ease with all that he was posed with.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    6
    1
    3.00

    Paolo De Ceglie

    The left-back found himself being pulled apart by Cuardado during the first half and could not cope with the Colombian's energy. He fought fire with fire in the second half though and restricted his impact thereafter.

  • Federico Peluso
    5
    1
    3.00

    Federico Peluso

    An average performance from the defender who is yet to inspire complete confidence since signing from Atalanta. He made some rash challenges when stepping up but still contributed to the clean sheet.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    12
    0
    4.50

    Andrea Barzagli Top of the Match

    Marshaled the back line superbly, ensuring great organisation and composure to limit Fiorentina mainly to efforts from distance. His experience was priceless in the absence of Chiellini and Bonucci.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    8
    0
    3.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Did not have an awful lot of defending to do so could regularly offer width up on the right. He forced a great save from Viviano in the first half after cutting in on his unfavoured left boot.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    5
    1
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Put in a really energetic display and was working at 100 per cent from the first whistle. He saw a shot go narrowly wide of the goal but could have supported the strikers a lot more than he did.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    7
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Looked at his metronomic best in the opening stages, sending pass after pass in behind the Viola defence. His service to the strikers was of the highest quality, though his influence waned later on.

  • Arturo Vidal
    10
    0
    4.00

    Arturo Vidal

    The Chilean kept a close eye on Borja Valero and limited the amount that the Spaniard could influence proceedings. He hounded him continually and showed his attacking acumen with a brilliant run to create Juve's second of the night.

  • Luca Marrone
    6
    0
    3.00

    Luca Marrone

    Did not look out of place as a make-shift centre-back, retaining his typically cool demeanor. The 22-year-old showed a great deal of versatility with a competent defensive display.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    8
    1
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Unperturbed by an early Viviano save, Vucinic slammed in a marvelous opener from 25 yards. He continued to worry the Viola by dropping deep to pick up the ball but he should have grabbed a second in the 32nd minute.

  • Alessandro Matri
    8
    0
    3.50

    Alessandro Matri

    The striker had very little involvement in the first half until he swept home just before the break. However, he did well to peel away from the defenders for his goal and continued to look bright on the counter-attack in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Martín Cáceres
    9
    0
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Replaced De Ceglie on the hour mark and kept the solidity of his side for the remainder of the game.

  • Paul Pogba
    8
    0
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    The combative midfielder was only given 15 minutes in place of Matri but could have grabbed a goal had it not been for a deflection.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    6
    1
    3.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    His pace and direct running provided a very different option to Vucinic in the latter stages. He could have got on the score-sheet but for a Viviano save.

  • Emiliano Viviano
    1
    0
    3.00

    Emiliano Viviano

    Made some decent saves during the opening exchanges but there was very little he could do to keep Vucinic's stinging volley out. He was let down by some poor defending as Matri slotted in the second.

  • Gonzalo Rodríguez
    1
    0
    1.50

    Gonzalo Rodríguez Flop of the Match

    Was extremely complacent at the back, trying to take time on the ball that he really did not have. Was let off the hook after being dispossessed by Vucinic in the 32nd minute but did not really learn his lesson.

  • Facundo Roncaglia
    1
    0
    2.00

    Facundo Roncaglia

    The Argentine was the best of a bad bunch at the back but still lacked discipline as the Viola were pulled apart by their hosts. His positioning was frequently poor and afforded Juve chance after chance.

  • Stefan Savic
    1
    0
    2.50

    Stefan Savic

    Had an absolute nightmare in Turin. The Montenegrin's headed clearance was smashed straight into the net by Vucinic and he then followed the ball and left Matri in space to score the second. He was then withdrawn at half time.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    1
    0
    2.50

    Manuel Pasqual

    Pushed on in the early stages but struggled to get the better of Lichtsteiner. He was bullied off the ball by Vidal as the Chilean charged into the box to set up the second of the night.

  • David Pizarro
    1
    0
    2.50

    David Pizarro

    The former Manchester City man offered a route out for many of his team-mates in the first half. But as the game wore on he was left chasing the ball around the midfield rather than sitting on it.

  • Juan Cuadrado
    1
    0
    3.00

    Juan Cuadrado

    The Colombian starter the game in a very bright manner and caused De Ceglie a lot of problems with his pace and movement. He was not allowed as much freedom in the second half and could not provide a similar danger.

  • Borja Valero
    2
    0
    2.50

    Borja Valero

    Tried his best to dictate the tempo of the game when he got on the ball but ultimately did not have enough possession to truly boss the midfield. He struggled to find the space in which he could make his ability felt.

  • Rômulo
    1
    0
    2.00

    Rômulo

    The Brazilian added very little to his side as he hardly got a second on the ball all evening. He seemed two steps off the pace in the heart of the midfield battle and never really got going.

  • Stevan Jovetic
    1
    0
    2.00

    Stevan Jovetic

    The Montenegrin was lively early on, linking up positively with Toni as well as the midfielders. However, he only managed to penetrate the area once and was thwarted by Buffon and failed to inspire anything further.

  • Luca Toni
    1
    0
    2.00

    Luca Toni

    Won a few headers up against the Juve defenders but was unable to best them on the deck. He did not manage to test Buffon in a largely uninspiring performance against his former club.

Substitutions

  • Nenad Tomovic
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nenad Tomovic

    Replaced the abysmal Savic at half time and looked far more assured than his team-mate. He never appeared rushed and kept a close eye on Matri.

  • Mounir El Hamdaoui
    1
    0
    2.00

    Mounir El Hamdaoui

    Came on for Luca Toni in the 57th minute but failed to offer anything different to the attack.

  • Adem Ljajic
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adem Ljajic

    Brought on for Jovetic with just over 15 minutes remaining and made a few good dribbles in the closing stages, though there was no end product.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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