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1 vs 4
Played
September 2, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
Stadio Communale Friuli — Udine
Referee:‬ P. Valeri‎
Attendance:‬ 23000‎
 
Arturo Vidal 14′ (PG)
 
Mirko Vučinić 45+1′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Udinese 1-4 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at the Friuli, after a game in which Sebastian Giovinco struck twice for the rampant Bianconeri

By Mark Doyle

  • Zeljko Brkic
    14
    17
    1.50

    Zeljko Brkic Flop of the Match

    Lasted just 14 minutes, having been shown a straight red for taking out Giovinco after the forward had nodded the ball past him. Was it a penalty? Yes. Did the offense warrant a red card? Not at all given the goalkeeper's momentum had carried him into the Juve attacker, not to mention the fact that there were also two Udinese defenders in close proximity.

  • Danilo
    7
    9
    3.00

    Danilo

    Had it not been for Danilo, Udinese would have been hammered, with the Brazilian making a number of crucial interventions, with his wonderfully timed challenge on Vidal the pick of the bunch.

  • Dušan Basta
    9
    10
    2.50

    Dušan Basta

    Certainly did not want for effort, Basta was a lively presence throughout, getting forward whenever he could. However, he was badly exposed defensively on occasions.

  • Maurizio Domizzi
    2
    11
    2.50

    Maurizio Domizzi

    Struggled with the movement of Giovinco and Vucinic and despite his best efforts, he was caught out of position far too often.

  • Mehdi Benatia
    4
    8
    3.00

    Mehdi Benatia

    Played well in difficult circumstances and even threatened at the other end of the field whenever Udinese earned themselves a set piece in a dangerous position.

  • Pablo Armero
    4
    7
    2.50

    Pablo Armero

    Did not pose any sort of attacking threat and struggled badly to contain Lichsteiner. He was also completely at fault for Vucinic's goal after failing miserably to cut out Asamoah's cut back.

  • Roberto Pereyra
    4
    7
    2.50

    Roberto Pereyra

    Got forward down the right hand side a few times early on but he was unable to impose himself on the proceedings and was unsurprisingly whipped off 10 minutes into the second period.

  • Giampiero Pinzi
    3
    9
    2.00

    Giampiero Pinzi

    Blazed a shot over from the edge of the area early on but Krkic's dismissal signaled the end of his attacking endeavor. Indeed, the midfielder looked lost thereafter and his frustration ultimately got the better of him and he was booked for going through Chiellini.

  • Andrea Lazzari
    5
    7
    3.00

    Andrea Lazzari

    Was far more effective in getting forward than Basta and his set piece deliveries were also good. Worked tirelessly and it was somewhat fitting that it was he who pounced on Barzagli's poor clearance to net a consolation goal for the home side.

  • Antonio Di Natale
    8
    9
    2.50

    Antonio Di Natale

    Only stopped running once his number went up with 15 minutes to go. The veteran forward showed some neat touches while he was on the field but he just did not see enough of the ball.

  • Diego Fabbrini
    6
    7
    2.00

    Diego Fabbrini

    Impossible not to feel a fair bit of sympathy for Fabbrini, who was sacrificed just 14 minutes into the game in order to fill the void between the posts left by Brkic. Had looked reasonably lively up until that point.

Substitutions

  • Daniele Padelli
    3
    8
    2.50

    Daniele Padelli

    Had no chance with Vidal's penalty but while he made some good saves, most notably from Vucinic, he was badly at fault for Giovinco's goal after allowing Marchisio's shot to get away from him.

  • Allan
    4
    7
    3.00

    Allan

    Only saw 15 minutes at the end after Di Natale had run out of steam.

  • Muriel
    6
    7
    3.00

    Muriel

    Came on in place of Pereyra shortly after the interval but, one breakaway aside, he did not really have an opportunity to show what he can do.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    40
    5
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Could not have asked for an easier outing on his return to first team duty. Expended more energy celebrating his side's goals than dealing with anything Udinese could throw at him. But he'll be disappointed that his clean sheet was effectively taken away from him by Barzagli.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    41
    5
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Somewhat fortunate to escape a booking for a foul on the lively Basta, but he was rarely troubled once Udinese were reduced to 10 men and was ultimately afforded a rest at the end, with Marrone coming on his place.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    30
    7
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    With Udinese playing with reduced numbers and just one up top, the Italy international was enjoying the proverbial armchair ride at the heart of the Juve defense, but he lost his concentration late on and was at fault for gifting the home side a consolation goal with a poor clearance.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    33
    9
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Not quite as comfortable as his defensive colleagues - he was booked for pulling down Di Natale after being rolled by the striker on halfway - but he was solid enough at the back.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    36
    7
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Signalled his intent to put Armero on the back foot right from the off and really should have opened the scoring after leaving the Colombian for dead with just four minutes in. However, he was a constant threat down the right hand side and Vucinic really should have buried a sublime cross from the Swiss.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    40
    5
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Worked hard and was neat and tidy throughout the game, but only really started to make a menace of himself in an attacking sense as 10-man Udinese tired late on and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet. Still, he did get an assist of sorts as it was his short which Giovinco followed up on.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    48
    4
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Set the tone for a dominant display by putting Lichsteiner in on goal with a terrific through ball with less than four minutes on the clock. His understanding with Giovinco was there for all to see, as the pair combined for the fourth goal, as well as the penalty, the decisive moment in the game.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    45
    5
    3.00

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Enjoyed a productive return to the Friuli. Was rarely tested from a defensive perspective while at the same time getting forward whenever he could, playing a key role in Vucinic's goal just before the break.

  • Arturo Vidal
    44
    4
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Tucked away his penalty in fine style but was actually caught in possession a couple of times early on, while his passing was a tad erratic. However, his influence grew as the game wore on.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    44
    6
    3.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Ambled about the pitch in his usual laconic style before coming to life around the half hour mark by stinging the palms of Padelli. Just before the interval, though, he gave the goalkeeper no chance with a wonderfully laid back finish from the edge of the area. Linked up really well with Giovinco but really should have been more clinical.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    64
    5
    4.00

    Sebastian Giovinco Top of the Match

    A constant thorn in Udinese's side, the Italy international won the penalty which led to Juve opening the scoring and, even more significantly, Udinese being reduced to 10 men. Missed a great chance at the start of the second half after a jinking run but then helped himself to a double, with his second strike particularly impressive.

Substitutions

  • Luca Marrone
    31
    4
    3.00

    Luca Marrone

    Came on for Chiellini for the last 15 minutes but did not have a major impact on the game.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    27
    6
    3.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Replaced Giovinco late on but was unable to get himself on the scoresheet.

  • Alessandro Matri
    30
    6
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Was expected to start in place of Giovinco, who had been carrying an injury, but ultimately had to settle for an uneventful cameo.

Results
 
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15 0