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0 vs 2
Played
April 7, 2012 10:00 PM IST
Stadio Renzo Barbera — Palermo
Referee:‬ C. Brighi‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Palermo 0-2 Juventus

The Bianconeri dominated from start to finish, and goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella were enough to send them top of Serie A with just seven games remaining

By Kris Voakes

  • Emiliano Viviano
    1
    0
    3.00

    Emiliano Viviano

    Had a mix-up with Munoz as Vucinic almost broke the deadlock, then beaten to the ball by Caceres, who shot wide. Was equal to a near-post effort from Pirlo, but couldn’t do anything about the two efforts which ended in his net.

  • Ezequiel Muñoz
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ezequiel Muñoz

    Made a right royal mess of seeing off Vucinic, almost handing him a goal after hesitating in front of Viviano. Held off Matri on the run as Juve got their tails up, but he was too often left chasing shadows.

  • Milan Milanovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Milan Milanovic

    Handed over easy possession to Juve which almost led to a goal for Quagliarella, then suffered a probable broken nose in a sickening clash with Estigarribia which required five minutes of repair work. Fought on bravely, and was not afraid to get involved in the tough stuff.

  • Carlos Labrin
    0
    0
    2.50

    Carlos Labrin

    Looked uncomfortable on the left side of the three defenders, with Quagliarella allowed to drift into space too regularly down his channel. This was summed up when the striker was given cheap yards to slide home the crucial second goal.

  • Eros Pisano
    0
    0
    2.50

    Eros Pisano

    Used his weight well in a couple of challenges as he helped to keep Juve at bay, and showed a very calm head in vital moments at the back. Tested Estigarribia at the other end when he could, but his chances to get forward were limited.

  • Edgar Barreto
    0
    0
    2.50

    Edgar Barreto

    Battled hard, but his touch at times was woeful, and he failed to take any show of authority when Palermo were struggling to get time on the ball in midfield. Never got nearly close enough to the dominant Pirlo.

  • Francesco Della Rocca
    0
    0
    2.50

    Francesco Della Rocca

    Failed to keep any kind of close rein on the Juve midfield, and then was out-jumped by Bonucci as the defender gave the visitors a deserved lead. An increasing passenger the more the game wore on.

  • Giulio Migliaccio
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giulio Migliaccio

    Left chasing shadows for much of the first half as Juventus dominated from minute one, but was forced to termporarily switch to centre-back after Milanovic damaged his nose in a collision with Estigarribia. Made one great run, but couldn’t quite reached the ball with the linesman’s flag still by his side.

  • Afriyie Acquah
    1
    0
    2.50

    Afriyie Acquah

    Playing out of position on the left, the youngster worked hard ahead of the back three, but one clearance straight at a team-mate put his side in temporary danger, and he really looked completely comfortable. Replaced by Budan as Palermo switched to a 3-4-1-2.

  • Josip Iličič
    1
    0
    2.00

    Josip Iličič Flop of the Match

    Made it too easy for Bonucci to read his approach when trying to take on the last man on a break, and he gave away possession far too regularly when his side were looking to hold on to the ball and rebuild from the front.

  • Fabrizio Miccoli
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fabrizio Miccoli

    Left feeding off scraps as Palermo were dominated for the entire first half, though he did well to roll his man and set up his side’s best chance, but drilled a low cross just too forcefully for Ilicic to reach it at the far post.

Substitutions

  • Franco Vázquez
    0
    0
    0.00

    Franco Vázquez

    Brought on for the disappointing Ilicic late in the day.

  • Armin Bačinovič
    0
    1
    0.00

    Armin Bačinovič

    Came on for Migliaccio with the game already over as a contest, and his fierce drive which cleared the bar summed up his side’s night.

  • Igor Budan
    1
    0
    2.50

    Igor Budan

    Replaced Acquah as Bortolo Mutti looked to change shape with Palermo chasing the game.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    4
    0
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Rarely troubled by a Palermo side who only hit the target for the first time in the 46th minute, and their one great chance was drilled across goal by Miccoli moments before Quagliarella wrapped up the match.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    3
    0
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    As brave and committed as ever, regularly ensuring he got to the ball ahead of Ilicic and Miccoli. Even charged forward at times as Juve practically had a night off defensively.

  • Martín Cáceres
    4
    0
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Completely miskicked a simple lifted shot as Viviano came out, having made a great run to meet Vucinic’s pass in the first place. He kept getting forward though, and his delivery was normally good, except for one attempted cut-back after a heavy pass from Marchisio.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    3
    0
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Won the ball off Ilicic all too easily at times, as Juve’s back line enjoyed a very relaxing evening against his former side.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    5
    0
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Sent Quagliarella free with a great ball over the top in the second minute, and a similar pass soon after almost led to an opener. Broke the deadlock in the 56th minute, heading home Pirlo’s cross from the left.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    2
    1
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Fired one shot well over the bar when well placed after a corner and ran the ball out of play when he tried to flick it behind his back, before another chance was blazed high and wide. His passing was normally effective, though a heavy through ball helped force Caceres wide when well placed.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    6
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Absolutely dominated the middle of the field in the first half, and tried to catch Viviano off guard with a well struck effort at the near post. Continued his metronomic style after the break, and his excellent corner was headed home by Bonucci.

  • Arturo Vidal
    3
    0
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Won back possession so often in the centre he made it look too easy. Sent in a fierce shot which flew straight into the midriff of Viviano, and was the industrious heart of Juve’s midfield before being withdrawn early for Pepe.

  • Marcelo Estigarribia
    2
    0
    3.00

    Marcelo Estigarribia

    Left his mark on Milanovic when the two clashed heads in the first half, and a through ball for Quagliarella should really have resulted in a goal. Not only did he attack well, but he also tracked back well to ensure Pisano couldn’t cause trouble at the other end.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    3
    0
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Scuffed a shot goalwards after a nice move through the middle, then shot horribly high and wide on the counter. Kept causing trouble for the Palermo defence, picking up some great space, but rarely looked likely to score and was replaced by Matri for the final quarter.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    4
    0
    3.50

    Fabio Quagliarella Top of the Match

    Twice set free by Bonucci early on, he almost found Vucinic in the area with the latter effort. When the favour was returned, he took too long getting a shot in, then he shot badly wide after Estigarribia’s through ball. Made up for it later when he finally found the net with a left-foot shot set up by Matri.

Substitutions

  • Simone Pepe
    2
    1
    0.00

    Simone Pepe

    Given the last eight minutes in place of Vidal.

  • Alessandro Del Piero
    6
    0
    3.00

    Alessandro Del Piero

    Replaced Quagliarella with the game already won 12 minutes from time.

  • Alessandro Matri
    4
    1
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Came on for Vucinic and immediately held off a defender to tee up Quagliarella for the clinching goal.

Results
 
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