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November 10, 2012
• Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia, Pescara
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 22000
E. Cascione 25'
A. Vidal 9'
F. Quagliarella 22', 45', 53'
K. Asamoah 30'
S. Giovinco 38'
That's all from me, Max Bentley at the Stadio Adriatico! Juventus hit Pescara for six to re-establish their Scudetto credentials in truly magnificent style. Until next time, goodbye!
Giovanni Stroppa knew this game was going to be difficult but he will be concerned with the way in which his side were carved open on numerous occasions this evening. His side will need to perform much better if they are to have any chance of surviving in this division.
FULL TIME. PESCARA 1 - 6 JUVENTUS! An emphatic victory for the Old Lady who bounce back from that heartbreaking defeat against Inter in style. Fabio Quagliarella was the hero with a hattrick of outstanding quality as the Italian champions extend their lead at the summit to four points. Fantastic performance from Antonio Conte's side.
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It should have been a seventh for Juve at the death as neat footwork from Bendtner sets up Padoin on the edge of the box. However, the midfielder attempts to pass when the goal was gaping and he wastefully loses possession.
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Despite the scoreline, Emmanuel Cascione has given his all for Pescara today and once again uses his aerial prowess to rise above his marker and thump a header from Zanon's cross towards goal which Buffon collects after an initial parry.
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Claudio Marchisio looks to send Giovinco clean through on goal but his through pass is slightly overhit and Perin is allowed to collect.
Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the Stadio Adriatico!
Quintero sizes up a freekick but cannot replicate his earlier attempt and sends a left-footed effort wildly over the bar. The Pescara players cannot wait for the final whistle now.
Into the closing stages here at the Stadio Adriatico and it is Juventus who are pushing for another goal. They attack down the right with Simone Padoin but his cross to the back post is headed to safety by Cosic with Bendtner lurking.
Giovinco attempts to play a delicate backheeled pass into the path of Bendtner who is advancing through on goal, but Antonio Bocchetti is on hand to intercept. That would have been some assist!
Gianluca Caprari has done well since coming on for Pescara and he wins a corner after strong hold-up play. However, Bonucci is first to the resulting set-piece and the danger is cleared.
Pescara cannot find that killer pass behind the Juventus defence and Quintero decides to try his luck from range, but can only send a fierce effort high over Buffon's crossbar.
Giovinco is getting closer! He collects a ball from Padoin with his back to goal before evading his marker with a glorious pirouette and sending a left-footed effort towards goal which is well-saved by Perin. Can Juventus find another goal to further compound Pescara's misery?
Caprari plays a corner short to Weiss on the edge of the box and with numbers in the box, the Slovakian selfishly drills a shot harmlessly into the side netting.
So nearly a seventh for Juventus! Giovinco plays a superb one-two with Bendtner and rounds the goalkeeper but his shot from an acute angle nestles into the side netting. Let-off for Pescara there.
Pirlo feeds the ball into Giovinco on the edge of the box and his attempted flick fortuitously ricochets back into his path, but he snatches his effort high and wide of the goal.
Pescara scream for a penalty when Vladimir Weiss goes down under a challenge from Simone Padoin. There certainly seemed to be contact but the referee waves away the appeals.
Sebastian Giovinco looks to use his pace to latch onto Marchisio's through ball but Cosic is alert to the danger and shuffles the ball to safety.
Pescara have struggled to break down the Juventus rearguard in the last 15 minutes and Nielsen opts to shoot from range, but sends a right-footed effort just wide of Buffon's goal.
Final change for Juve and it is Nicklas Bendtner who is given the chance to get on the scoresheet, in place of the hattrick hero Quagliarella. The Italian striker has been simply sensational tonight.
Yellow Card Francesco Modesto
Juventus have started to apply the handbrake now and they frustrate their opponents by keeping the ball in midfield. I think it's safe to say the points are heading back to Turin now.
Substitution for both sides as 22-year-old Luca Morrone replaces Giorgio Chiellini for Juventus before Ante Vukusic joins the Pescara attack in place of Elvis Abbruscato.
Just under half an hour to go here as both sides continue to push forward in this goalfest.
First change for the Biaconeri as Simone Padoin replaces Mauricio Isla. The Chilean wing-back assisted the first of Quagliarella's splendid treble.
Giovanni Stroppa cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline. His side have battled hard but they have been the victims of some ruthless finishing today.
Pescara refuse to give up hope and Quintero stings the gloves of Buffon with a rasping freekick from distance. Still more goals in this one you feel...
Assist Andrea Pirlo
Giovanni Stroppa looks to shake things up with the introduction of the Vladimir Weiss. The Slovakian leads the Pescara goalscoring charts with three goals. Can he claim a consolation?
Goal Fabio Quagliarella
HATTRICK QUAGLIARELLA! The 29-year-old claims the matchball with a superb acrobatic volley from Pirlo's corner which flies into the top right-hand corner. Three goals of the highest quality. 6-1 JUVENTUS!
Jonathas did not enjoy the best of first halves but he tests Buffon with a low strike from the edge of the box.
Gianluca Caprari looks to make an impact off the bench and he jinks inside Barzagli before his goalbound effort strikes Bonucci and deflects behind for a corner.
Juventus are showing no signs of relent and they nearly claim a sixth when Marchisio's shot across goal from Quagliarella's neat lay-off bobbles past the post.
Good opportunity for Pescara when Elvis Abbruscato attempts a one-two with Francesco Modesto but the return pass is slightly overhit and the Italian striker is denied a one-on-one with Buffon.
Giovanni Stroppa has understandably made a change at the break although it is a slightly baffling one as defender Marco Capuano is replaced by former Roma midfielder Gianluca Caprari. Perhaps this signals a switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Juventus have not lost an away league match since that infamous defeat at Parma in May 2011. Victory here would mean 25 Serie A matches unbeaten away from home.
Could this be the game for Nicklas Bendtner to break his Juve duck? The Danish forward, on loan from Arsenal, is yet to open his account for the Italian side but has looked dangerous in recent weeks. Mind you, I can't see Angelo Alessio shuffling his pack just yet.
What are your thoughts on this fascinating Serie A encounter? Let me know via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Stroppa has got one hell of a team-talk to deliver in order to lift this Pescara side here. Juventus' finishing has been world-class with Quagliarella thoroughly justifying his starting berth; that is now seven goals in eleven matches for the centre-forward.
HALF TIME: PESCARA 1 - 5 JUVENTUS! I can't say that I have seen too many better first halves of football. It has been a tremendous 45 minutes from the champions and we have been treated to some fantastic goals here at the Stadio Adriatico. Pescara seem to be feeling the backlash of that Inter defeat. Juventus are simply unstoppable here!
Assist Arturo Vidal
Goal Fabio Quagliarella
JUVENTUS HAVE GONE GOAL-CRAZY!! Arturo Vidal splits the Pescara defence with a Pirlo-esque through ball from his own half and Quagliarella seizes on the opportunity, bustling past his marker and firing a splendid shot across Perin from an acute angle. Wow, what a phenomenal half for Juventus!
This Juventus side are hungry for goals today and Giovinco looks for a second but his effort flies over the bar.
SAVED OFF THE LINE! Emmanuel Cascione rises highest at the back post to nod a header into the turf and past Buffon, but Marchisio is on hand to somehow acrobatically clear off the line. Brilliant defending from the Italian international midfielder.
Yellow Card Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo picks up a yellow card for a foul on Quintero and from the resulting freekick, Quintero strikes the top of the wall and the ball deflects for a corner.
Assist Fabio Quagliarella
Goal Sebastian Giovinco
WONDERFUL GOAL BY GIOVINCO! The 25 year old capitalises on a defensive mistake, playing a sublime one-two with Quagliarella before thumping a sumptuous volley past the helpless Perin. Brilliant technique from the striker.
Pescara threaten down the other end. Damiano Zanon has had some joy down this right-hand side and he floats a cross to the back post which Cascione narrowly heads past the post with Buffon scrambling.
Juventus come forward once again and Quagliarella links up effectively with Giovinco, but the pacey striker leans back and balloons his effort over the crossbar.
Juventus are pressing for more goals here and they nearly get one when Quagliarella controls Pirlo's long ball gracefully but his shot cannot match his control and he slices his effort wildly past the left-hand upright.
Goal Kwadwo Asamoah
GOLAZOO ASAMOAH! Arturo Vidal looks for Quagliarella in the box whose attempted backheel ricochets into the path of Asamoah who adjusts his body excellently to send a sublime overhead kick into the corner. Fantastic finish!
That goal has brought a newfound belief to this Pescara side. They are being roared on the crowd as they search for an equaliser and they nearly get in when Nielsen's drive flashes narrowly wide of the post. What a match this is!
Assist M. Nielsen
Goal Emmanuel Cascione
PESCARA PULL ONE BACK! The captain Emmanuel Cascione halves the Biaconeri lead with a beautifully executed header from Matti Lund Nielsen's cross. The Dolphins are afloat again!
SO UNLUCKY FOR PESCARA! Chiellini concedes a freekick on the edge of the box and Quintero steps up to rattle a superb strike against Buffon's post. Great effort!
Assist M. Isla
Goal Fabio Quagliarella
2-0 JUVE!! Fabio Quagliarella doubles Juventus' lead when he gets in front of his marker to latch onto Mauricio Isla's pass and thump a fantastic drive across Perin and into the far corner. It's hard to say that it's undeserved.
Elvis Abbruscato picks the ball up 25 yards out but drags his shot wide of the Juventus goal. To be fair, his only option was to shoot as most of the blue and white shirts were still in their own half.
Yellow Card Jonathas
Andrea Pirlo looks to play the ball over the top for Asamoah but his chipped pass is slightly overhit and the ball runs off for a goalkick. Stroppa's boys have settled much better since going behind.
Damiano Zanon does well to get clear down the right flank but his cross is deflected behind by Chiellini for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, the Biaconeri clear their lines. Buffon is yet to be tested.
Pescara are looking to get Juan Fernando Quintero in the match but he has been an anonymous figure so far. The young Colombian midfielder has been linked to Juventus in recent weeks.
AT LAST, A SHOT FOR PESCARA! Although, it is a harmless one as Elvis Abbruscato's ambitious long-range piledriver flies safely wide of Buffon's goal.
Juventus continue to assert their dominance on this game and Fabio Quagliarella's snapshot squirms narrowly past the post. Pescara need to sort themselves out here.
Assist Sebastian Giovinco
Goal Arturo Vidal
1-0 JUVENTUS! AND THE GOAL HAD BEEN COMING! Uros Cosic gives the ball away cheaply and Sebastian Giovinco plays an incise through ball to Arturo Vidal, who had ghosted in behind the defence. The Chilean midfielder keeps his composure to thump the ball past Perin and into the bottom corner. That is his fourth league goal of the season.
Pescara have hardly ventured out of their own half so far and Juventus continue to come forward, this time with Asamoah who sends a difficult volley wide of Perin's left-hand post.
Juventus win a corner which is rolled by Giovinco to the edge of the box for Claudio Marchisio, whose driven effort goes high over the bar.
Giovinco is bursting with energy this evening and his right-footed effort, aimed for the bottom corner, flashes narrowly wide of the post. Juventus are looking lively early on.
Bright start from the Old Lady and they threaten again when Andrea Pirlo's searching long ball is fired into the area by Kwadwo Asamoah, but Perin is on hand to collect the ball.
Sebastian Giovinco is the first to have an effort on goal and he forces Mattia Perin into a smart save from his left-footed drive from the edge of the box.
We are underway at Stadio Adriatico!
The last time these two sides met in the league was in the Serie B, in 2007, when Alessandro Del Piero's strike was the difference between the two sides in a 1-0 Juventus win.
Vladimir Weiss can only manage a place on the Pescara bench tonight. The Slovakian winger is the Dolphins' top goalscorer this season with three league goals.
Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Giovinco, Quagliarella.
Pescara (3-5-2): Perin; Cosic, Capuano, Bocchetti; Zanon, Nielsen, Cascione, Quintero, Modesto; Abbruscato, Jonathas.
Juventus will still be hurting from that crushing 3-1 defeat against Inter last weekend which ended their 49-match unbeaten run but they have the opportunity to get their Scudetto campaigh back on track tonight when they face Pescara. Giovanni Stroppa's side languish in 14th place, three points above the drop season with one goal in mind this season...survival. Despite losing head coach Zdenek Zeman to Roma, Marco Verratti to Paris Saint-Germain and talisman Ciro Immobile, the former-Juventus striker who helped fire them to the Serie B title, to Genoa, Pescara have enjoyed a respectable return to Serie A and defeated Parma 2-0 on their last outing. From the Stadio Adriatico, my name is Max Bentley and I will bring you up-to-date with all the action between Pescara and Juventus. As always, feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions on the game via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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