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December 9, 2012 9:00 AM EST
Stadio Renzo Barbera — Palermo
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
Attendance:‬ 17000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Palermo 0-1 Juventus

The Old Lady had Stephan Lichtsteiner to thank as his goal in the second half of a tightly fought and icy cold encounter in the Sicily was enough to earn the champions victory.

By Frank Tigani

  • Samir Ujkani
    7
    1
    4.00

    Samir Ujkani

    Certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers and put in a decent display. Could not do too much about Lichtsteiner's winner.

  • Ezequiel Muñoz
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ezequiel Muñoz

    Like his defensive partners, Munoz was also solid at the back though he did struggle at times in his personal battles with Vucinic and Matri.

  • Steve von Bergen
    1
    3
    2.00

    Steve von Bergen

    Had a strong showing at the back for Gasperini's side as he got stuck in and made a number of important tackles.

  • Santiago García
    2
    2
    2.50

    Santiago García

    Coped at times with the threat of Lichtsteiner, however, like Pisano he too found it difficult to provide much of an outlet for his side in attack.

  • Eros Pisano
    1
    2
    2.50

    Eros Pisano

    Struggled with the pace and physicality of Asamoah and was penned into his own half as a result. Subsequently, he failed to offer anything going forward and was rightly withdrawn at half time.

  • Michel Morganella
    3
    2
    1.00

    Michel Morganella Flop of the Match

    A strong and physical presence in the middle for the Sicilians, but his passing left something to be desired. Was rightly sent off in the second half, leaving his side with a mountain to climb

  • Edgar Barreto
    1
    2
    3.00

    Edgar Barreto

    Playing in the heart of midfield, he was overshadowed by the likes of Pirlo and Vidal. Still managed to get on the ball often, even if his effect on the game was minimal.

  • Massimo Donati
    1
    2
    2.50

    Massimo Donati

    The former Milan man marshaled the Palermo defence well, particularly in the opening period.

  • Josip Iličič
    2
    4
    2.50

    Josip Iličič

    The 24-year-old's pace was a threat for Palermo on the counter attack and he always tried to link up with Miccoli.

  • Jasmin Kurtić
    2
    2
    3.00

    Jasmin Kurtić

    The Slovenian got on the ball often as he tried to direct proceedings for his side. Despite trying in vain, he did not perhaps affect the match as he would have liked.

  • Fabrizio Miccoli
    4
    1
    3.50

    Fabrizio Miccoli

    The diminutive striker was left rather isolated at times as Palermo often retreated deep with Juve pushing forward. However, when the ball did come his way he was dangerous and had a goal disallowed.

Substitutions

  • Viola
    0
    1
    3.00

    Viola

    He may have only played for 15 minutes, but, he made as many tackles as anyone of his team-mates.

  • Paulo Dybala
    4
    1
    3.00

    Paulo Dybala

    The young Argentine made an immediate impact when coming on in the second half with a good effort on goal.

  • Franco Brienza
    0
    1
    3.00

    Franco Brienza

    Came on for the ineffective Pisano at half-time and despite being a more offensive player, he too failed to really make an impact on the flank.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    24
    0
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The Italy captain did not have too much to do as Palermo were unable to get in behind the Juve defence. But he was comfortable when he was called into action.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    25
    0
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Despite picking up a knock in the opening stages, he solidered on with great determination. Dealt comfortably with what Palermo offered going forward and was one of the reasons why they had so few goal-scoring chances.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    24
    2
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    As ever, a physical presence at the back for Juve and a reliable inclusion on this particular afternoon. Went about his job dutifully against his former side.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    18
    4
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    The former Bari man was everywhere for the visitors. He was sound at the back, taking no chances, while he also surged forward at every opportunity.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    26
    1
    4.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    The Swiss ruled on the right flank for the best part. He stormed forward at every chance while defensively he hardly put a foot wrong. Most importantly, he scored the decisive goal with a good touch and finish.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    24
    0
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    It was a typically all-round performance from the combative midfielder, who had his chances to score while defensively he let nothing go by him.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    22
    2
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    The Italian once again orchestrated the game for the visitors. Not known for his physical strength, he coped very well in what was at times a tightly contested squall in the middle of the park.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    20
    3
    3.00

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    The Ghanaian did not have his best outing, but, it was not his worst either. Got forward readily while he comfortably contained the limited threat of Pisano and later Brienza.

  • Arturo Vidal
    26
    0
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Was unstoppable in the first half, winning tackles while contributing much in an attacking sence. His superb tackle on Morganella before setting up Matri with a delightful through ball showed why he is so important to Juve. Worryingly, was withdrawn early in the second period due to an injury.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    24
    14
    4.50

    Mirko Vučinić Top of the Match

    Hit the woodwork in the first half, set up the winning goal with a delightful back-heeled pass and then came close again in the second period. The Montenegrin was Juve’s main attacking outlet and he did not disappoint.

  • Alessandro Matri
    14
    14
    2.50

    Alessandro Matri

    The Italian has been a little goal-shy this season. Had a good chance in the first half to open the scoring, but saw his effort saved by Ujkani. Battled hard but was replaced with a quarter of an hour to go.

Substitutions

  • Paul Pogba
    21
    0
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    The Frenchman came on for Vidal and put in a decent showing. Got stuck in defensively though offered little in attack.

  • Simone Padoin
    14
    4
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Introduced for Lichtsteiner and went about helping his team secure all three points.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    14
    8
    3.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Almost opened his account for the club moments after coming on with a shot that just shaved the post. It proved to be his only contribution of note.

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