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September 25, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Stadio Artemio Franchi — Firenze
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus

The Bianconeri escaped from Florence with a lucky point and a 44th unbeaten game as the home side was unable to take its chances. Goal.com takes a closer look.

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Emiliano Viviano
    3
    0
    3.00

    Emiliano Viviano

    Not called into action much, but made no mistake with the routine.

  • Gonzalo Rodríguez
    3
    0
    3.00

    Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Marked Quagliarella well, though Juve’s lack of impetus in the attacking third meant that he wasn’t put under as much pressure as one might have expected.

  • Facundo Roncaglia
    5
    0
    3.50

    Facundo Roncaglia Top of the Match

    Good show at the back as he refused to be rattled, and got forward to good effect as well, smashing a shot just wide after a mazy run from deep.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    4
    0
    3.50

    Manuel Pasqual

    Not given much to do in his own half of the field, so spent his time bombing forward dangerously to support the attack. A threat out wide, and almost scored a late winner with a header from point-blank range that was sent wide.

  • Nenad Tomovic
    4
    0
    3.00

    Nenad Tomovic

    Like the rest of his defensive colleagues, he was not put under a lot of duress by the visitors. Still though, he kept his concentration well to deal with whatever came his way.

  • David Pizarro
    2
    0
    3.00

    David Pizarro

    An accomplished and composed display on the ball, as he never looked fussed when in possession. A great focal point for his team to channel their attacks through, and did well at keeping the ball under pressure. Outdid Pirlo at his own game.

  • Juan Cuadrado
    4
    0
    3.00

    Juan Cuadrado

    Probably the coolest player on the ball tonight, as his trickery on the flanks was a nightmare for Juve to deal with. He played an instrumental role in setting up a few great chances for his team. Also, in his own half of the field, he popped up in the right place at the right time to snuff out a few Juve chances.

  • Borja Valero
    2
    0
    3.00

    Borja Valero

    Distributed the ball simply and effectively, and his decision making was key in keeping the Fiorentina attack ticking. Disciplined in tracking back and covering when not on the ball.

  • Rômulo
    2
    0
    2.50

    Rômulo

    Injected some energy into the hosts’ attack. He picked his moments to surge forward very well and was difficult to halt once in full flight. However, his shooting left a lot to be desired.

  • Stevan Jovetic
    10
    0
    3.00

    Stevan Jovetic

    For the first half hour he was isolated an anonymous in attack, but he grew into the game as time progressed. Crashed a strong header off the bar and nodded another effort just wide in the second half, as his runs from deep often went unnoticed by the Juve defense.

  • Adem Ljajic
    4
    0
    2.50

    Adem Ljajic

    Isolated for long spells, and did not fare well when on the ball either. Dragged a finish wide from a position where he really should have scored, and was booked for a dive after going down too easily in a tussle with Chiellini. Looked more dangerous in the second half though, as he adopted better attacking positions.

Substitutions

  • Mati Fernández
    2
    0

    Mati Fernández

    Some crisp passing, and looked fresh in the latter stages of the game.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    11
    2
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Not often tested despite the home side's dominance. Looked to have his posts covered on a few long-range efforts that went off target.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    11
    2
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Looked a little shaky in the first half, but improved as things went on the make a relatively strong finish to the game, despite Fiorentina’s late surge.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    10
    2
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Generally able to keep a handle on things, and stepped forward to good effect to curtail the effectiveness of Ljajic whenever he looked to drop deep. Good show in the air as well, winning his fair share of headers.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    10
    2
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    A solid first half was almost undone when he allowed Ljajic to beat him for pace and strength at the end of the first half, with only the Serbian’s profligacy sparing his blushes.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    11
    2
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Not the sturdiest of performers in defence as he was beaten a few times by opposing fullback Manuel Pasqual, who was able to get past him with sheer pace.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    14
    4
    2.00

    Andrea Pirlo Flop of the Match

    Not able to stamp his authority on the match in his usual manner, as there was not a lot of movement in front for him to facilitate. However, his awareness and experience came to the fore when mopping up and defending at the edge of his own box.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    14
    4
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Did not get forward as much as he would have liked, but he was sound and energetic in defending his flank, and tracked into the box to cover to good effect when danger lurked in a more central position.

  • Arturo Vidal
    14
    4
    2.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Defensively he was sound in the first half, tracking back well and winning the ball, particularly one last-ditch challenge to take the ball off Ljajic’s toes deep inside the area. But he faded after the break, and was terrible offensively throughout, as many of his passes forward were intercepted.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    4
    10
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Offered nothing noticeable to his team’s cause. Appeared rather lightweight as Fiorentina was able to bypass him often, and rather useless when going forward. Mediocre at best today.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    7
    10
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    The lone offensive spark for Juve in the first half. He was afforded space to drop deep and receive the ball, and his dribbling from such a position caused Fiorentina problems. Faded as the second half wore on.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    11
    5
    2.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Did not contribute anything for his team in attack, as he failed to make any meaningful runs or touches on the ball whenever his team was in possession. Hauled off for Vucinic in the second half after an ineffective display.

Substitutions

  • Paul Pogba
    15
    3
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    Rather ineffective after coming off the bench.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    14
    3
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Provided a little more thrust than Quagliarella in the moments following his introduction but gradually fell into the same lull as his team.

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
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0