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March 16, 2013
• 3:45 PM
• Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 34415
M. Vučinić 62'
C. Marchisio 74'
With international fixtures on the football calendar next weekend, Serie A action returns on March 30th. Stefano Pioli's side will look to bounce back away at Udinese whilst Juventus take on Inter in the Derby d'Italia. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on what has been a splendid evening for Juventus as they extend their lead at the top. Make sure to check out Goal.com's match report, player ratings and reaction. Goodbye!
FULL TIME: BOLOGNA 0 - 2 JUVENTUS. Second-half goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio ensure the Bianconeri surge 12 points clear at the Serie A summit with a record 29th Scudetto in sight. Antonio Conte shows exactly how much that away victory means by joining in the celebrations with the travelling Juventus fans at the final whistle.
90' + 3'
With numbers in the box, Gabbiadini opts to cut the ball back for Perez but the Uruguayan leans back and fires wildly over the bar. That should be all...
90' + 1'
Juventus break from a Bologna freekick with Peluso finding Quagliarella on the edge of the box, but the substitute's strike is deflected kindly into the gloves on Curci.
Final change for Juventus as Fabio Quagliarella comes on to replace Arturo Vidal.
The substitutes combine when Pogba finds Matri with a glorious dinked pass behind the defence but the forward can only balloon his shot high over the bar.
Naldo has looked shakey since coming on and a mix-up with Curci allows Matri a sight of goal, but the 28-year-old striker cannot find the target with his effort.
Alessandro Diamanti opts to strike a freekick from a long way out and his ambitious, fizzing drive is parried by Buffon but there is no Rossoblu shirt to capitalise on the rebound.
Juventus are looking to heap more misery on Bologna when Pogba sends Pirlo away with a sweeping pass but the 33-year-old delays his strike and eventually sends a curling effort wide of Curci's goal.
Mirko Vucinic has been terrific for Juventus today and the goalscorer is replaced by Alessandro Matri.
Moscardelli nearly snatches a consolation for the hosts when he embarks on a mazy dribble but his effort from the edge of the box flashes narrowly wide.
Diamanti drops his shoulder to dip past his marker before his left-footed strike is deflected behind by Bonucci. Juventus look set for another clean sheet here.
Diamanti looks to cause trouble with another set-piece from the left but his delivery is too close to Buffon and the goalkeeper claims. Time running out for Bologna.
Diamanti plays a short corner to Morleo, but the left-back's low drive is well blocked by Barzagli.
Sebastian Giovinco has not had the best of luck in front of goal today and he is replaced by Paul Pogba, who received his first international call-up for France this week.
Assist Mirko Vučinić
Goal Claudio Marchisio
MARCHISIO MAKES IT TWO! The Juventus no.8 has surely secured all three points for the Bianconeri, playing a splendid one-two with Vucinic before nudging the ball with the outside of his right boot past Curci and into the far corner. Brilliant move from the Italian champions.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Plenty of cards being brandished in this second half and Vidal is the latest to be cautioned after a mistimed tackle on Morleo.
Bologna lump the ball back into the box again but Gabbiadini's header flashes wide of Buffon's right-hand post.
Bologna are throwing numbers forward in search of an equaliser and Taider meets Garics' cross with a brilliant header which ricochets off the back of Bonucci. That was a crucial block, not that he knew anything about it.
Yellow Card Simone Padoin
Simone Padoin is the next player to receive a booking after a late stamp on Morleo.
JUVENTUS NEARLY MAKE IT TWO! Vidal robs Taider in possession and lays the ball off for Vucinic, and the Montenegrin's curling effort bends just the wrong side of the post.
Yellow Card Alessandro Diamanti
The tempers are beginning to boil over here and Diamanti is the next player in the book after kicking out at Vucinic.
Not the greatest substitution that. Naldo was turned all too easily for that goal and now Bologna have a mountain to climb if they are to salvage anything from this match against the league's toughest defence.
Assist Claudio Marchisio
Goal Mirko Vučinić
1-0 JUVENTUS! THE DEADLOCK HAS BEEN BROKEN! Mirko Vucinic notches his seventh league goal of the season, collecting Marchisio's pass and rolling his way past Naldo before poking the ball past Curci in style. Juventus on course to go 12 points clear.
Diego Perez needs to keep his head here. The Uruguayan flies into a challenge on Peluso which leaves the left wing-back on the turf. Bergonzi really should have shown a second yellow there.
First substitution of the game as Naldo comes on in place of Panagiotis Kone. Looks like a 3-5-2 formation now for Pioli's side.
Yellow Card Diego Pérez
Diego Perez is the second Bologna player in the book after a rash challenge on Chiellini, which leaves the Juventus defender writhing in pain. At least eight rolls from the Italian defender.
GOOD SAVE FROM CURCI! Mirko Vucinic plays a neat pass to Giovinco on the right-hand side of the box and the forward cuts inside Antonsson before his powerful strike is well palmed away by the Bologna shotstopper.
Claudio Marchisio finds space to get a shot away on the edge of the box, but he cannot generate enough power behind his strike and Curci saves.
BOLOGNA GOAL DISALLOWED! Diamanti whips in another glorious freekick which is thumped home emphatically by the head of Gilardino, but the linesman's flag is rightfully raised for offside.
JUVENTUS GO CLOSE! Vucinic finds Giovinco with a neat pass around the corner and the striker spins away from his marker before sending a finessed effort inches wide of the goal. Brilliant start to the second half.
Alessandro Diamanti fires a briliant freekick into the heart of the Juventus penalty area which is flicked on by Taider, forcing Buffon into a smart stop.
Bologna get the second half underway. Who can strike first?
Only Parma, Milan and Inter have taken maximum points away from the Dall'Ara. Can Juventus find a breakthrough in the second half? Let me know your thoughts and predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
HALF TIME: BOLOGNA 0 - 0 JUVENTUS. Not an action-packed half but plenty of promise shown by both sides. Juventus have looked the more likely to open the scoring although the best chance fell for Alberto Gilardino when he was denied by Buffon after being played clean through early on. Pioli's side are only 45 minutes away from a third consecutive clean sheet.
45' + 2'
JUVENTUS GO CLOSE! The visitors nearly snatch a goal on the cusp of half-time when Giovinco leads a counterattack, feeding the ball to Vucinic who then finds Vidal on the overlap, but the Chilean blazes his strike high over the bar.
Juventus continue to push forward in an attempt to break the deadlock before the half-time whistle. Vucinic swivels on the edge of the box but pokes a shot wide of Curci's goal.
A stoppage in play as Diamanti receives treatment after catching a Pirlo arm on the jaw. The home fans will be hoping their captain gets back to his feet soon.
Again the final ball lets Juventus down as Vidal's slide pass is too heavy for Giovinco, who had broken free of the Bologna defence. Could Conte be tempted to make a change at half-time?
Juventus continue to probe for an opener but they just cannot find a way past this resilient Bologna defence. The Rossoblu registered clean sheets in their last two matches.
Simone Padoin does fantastically to dribble his way past Morleo at the byline but his teasing low cross just evades the onrushing Vucinic in the middle. Juventus have Bologna penned in at the moment.
Andrea Pirlo looks to take centre-stage for Juventus when he jinks inside Diego Perez, but his fierce effort flies narrowly over the crossbar.
Simone Padoin gets forward excellently down the right and his peach of a cross is turned behind crucially by Garics for a corner. From Pirlo's resulting set-piece, the home side manage to clear their lines.
Alessandro Diamanti looks for a goal-of-the-season contender when he unleashes a left-footed strike from distance, but Buffon watches on as the ball drags wide of his goal.
Juventus attack straight down the other end but Giovinco's pass is played behind Marchisio and the chance breaks down. Will we get a goal before the break?
Kone bulldozes his way down the right flank but his cross into the box is cleared upfield by Bonucci. Both sides just lacking that cutting edge in the final third.
Yellow Card Mikael Antonsson
Mikael Antonsson is the first Bologna man in the book after a tackle through the back of Giovinco.
Juventus have played some neat passages of passing around the Bologna box today but once again there is no-one willing to pull the trigger and a promising move breaks down. The visitors have hardly tested Gianluca Curci so far.
Alberto Gilardino looks for his 12th Serie A goal of the season when he latches on to Gabbiadini's knockdown, only to skew his shot well wide of Buffon's right-hand post.
Yellow Card Federico Peluso
Federico Peluso is not going to get away with that one and this time his name is taken by Bergonzi, who brandishes the yellow card after a mistimed tackle on Kone.
Juventus are starting to stamp their authority on this match now with Peluso an effective outlet on the left-hand side. Can they make their pressure count?
Juventus threaten again when Vucinic uses his strength to hold off Cherubin in the box, but his lay-off is blazed high over the bar by Vidal.
GIOVINCO GOES CLOSE! Just as I said that, the diminuitive striker springs to life, collecting Peluso's pass excellently before nutmegging his marker and forcing Curci into a smart save.
Giorgio Chiellini looks to play an incisive through pass behind the Bologna defence for Vucinic to latch onto but Antonsson is there to make a vital interception. Not seen too much of Giovinco in the early stages.
Bologna are showing no fear here and Panagiotis Kone tries to wriggle his way into the opposition box but he is thwarted by a crucial challenge from Barzagli. Pioli will be happy with the way his side have settled into this match.
Alberto Gilardino is proving to be a handful for the Juventus defence in the early stages and Bonucci is left rubbing his cheek after a typically aggressive aerial duel with the talisman. I think it's safe to say, it's going to be a testing night for the Juve back three.
Federico Peluso is fortunate not to be cautioned after fouls on Kone and Diamanti in quick succession. A final ticking off from Mauro Bergonzi.
Juventus nearly catch Bologna out with a quick freekick but Pirlo's set-piece is slightly overhit for Vucinic and Curci comfortably claims.
The home side are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment and you can really sense the confidence running through Pioli's side. Can they stun the Bianconeri with an early goal?
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR BOLOGNA! Archimede Morleo's searching long ball catches out Chiellini and Bonucci, who allow Gilardino to race through on goal. Buffon races off his line to make a risky slide challenge and the Juventus shotstopper is fortunate that Chiellini is back to deflect Diamanti's strike over the crossbar. What a chance!
Juventus have started brightly and Bologna are fortunate that there is no black and white shirt to meet Peluso's inviting low cross from the left. Early warning signs for the hosts.
Juventus are of course still in contention for the UEFA Champions League and they were drawn against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. How far can Conte's side go in the competition?
Bologna threaten with a chance of their own when Diamanti's teasing freekick is unconvincingly punched to the edge of the box by Buffon, but Perez cannot make good contact with his strike and scuffs his effort.
JUVENTUS NEARLY MAKE THE PERFECT START AFTER 15 SECONDS! The visitors attack straight from the off and the home side breathe a sigh of relief when Claudio Marchisio's through-ball is deflected just out of the reach of Arturo Vidal in the Bologna penalty area.
Captains Alessandro Diamanti and Gianluigi Buffon engage in the pre-match handshakes before the home side merge together for a team huddle. Can they dent Juventus' Scudetto hopes? Let's find out...
Stefano Pioli has done a magnificent job with this Bologna side and there are reports that he could be offered the Napoli job at the end of the season should Walter Mazzarri step down. He certainly deserves a shot at the big-time!
Plenty of Juventus fans in the stands tonight as Mauro Begonzi leads the sides onto the field. Can Bologna make it four wins on the trot? Kickoff is only a few moments away. Remember that you can let me know your thoughts and predictions on the game via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
The Rossoblu have just won one match in their last 25 against the Old Lady in all competitions, and that came back in February 2011 when Marco Di Vaio grabbed a double to give them a 2-0 victory.
Antonio Conte makes three changes to the side which snatched a dramatic late 1-0 win at home to Catania. Arturo Vidal returns from suspension to replace Paul Pogba in midfield. Federico Peluso and Simone Padoin start in the wing-back positions in place of Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Match-winner Emanuele Giaccherini is once again forced to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.
Stefano Pioli makes two changes to the side which won 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza last weekend. Former-Juventus defender Frederik Sorensen misses out through injury and he is replaced by Nicolo Cherubin in defence. Panagiotis Kone returns from suspension with Greek compatriot Lazaros Christodoulopoulos making way. Manolo Gabbiadini starts against his parent club.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso; Vucinic, Giovinco.
BOLOGNA (4-2-3-1): Curci; Garics, Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo; Perez, Taider; Kone, Diamanti, Gabbiadini; Gilardino.
Without any further ado, here are tonight's lineups...
Bologna are enjoying a purple patch of their own, defeating Fiorentina, Cagliari and Inter in their last three outings. Can Stefano Pioli's side beat the Old Lady at home for the first time since 1998?
The Bianconeri showed the steel of champions last weekend when Emanuele Giaccherini's last-gasp strike ensured a 1-0 victory over Catania. With Scudetto rivals Napoli and Lazio dropping valuable points in the run-in, it seems the Turin giants could be set to retain their Serie A crown.
Juventus have the chance to go 12 points clear at the summit of Serie A this evening as their aspirations for a record 29th Scudetto edge ever closer. However, they travel to Bologna to face an in-form Rossoblu outfit, who have only lost three times at home this season. Can Antonio Conte's side become the fourth? Bringing you all the action from the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions on the game via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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