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Serie A

  • January 12, 2014
  • • 9:00 AM
  • • Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 5000

Cagliari 1-4 Juventus: Llorente brace sparks convincing comeback

Cagliari 1-4 Juventus: Llorente brace sparks convincing comeback

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The Spain international helped himself to two goals, with Claudio Marchisio and Stephan Lichsteiner the other goalscorers for the Bianconeri.

Fernando Llorente struck twice as Juventus came from behind to beat 10-man Cagliari 4-1 and record its 11th straight Serie A victory.

Mauricio Pinilla put Cagliari in front midway through the first half with a powerful finish before Llorente's precise header leveled matters before the break. But three goals in seven second-half minutes sunk Cagliari.

Claudio Marchisio scored Juve's second in front of Manchester United manager David Moyes, in attendance as he reportedly mulls over a move for the Italy international, while Llorente and Stephan Lichtsteiner tapped in from close range to guarantee the points, and ended Cagliari's seven-match unbeaten run.

Both sides made one enforced change from last week. Antonio Conte replaced the suspended Andrea Barzagli with Martin Caceres, while Cagliari drafted in Daniele Dessena in place of Radja Nainggolan, who departed for Roma on Wednesday.

Juve went into the game in phenomenal form with 10 straight wins and created the first chance early on when Lichtsteiner swung a cross onto the head of Llorente, but the effort was straight down the throat of Antonio Adan.

But it was Cagliari that drew first blood after 20 minutes. Andrea Cossu's cross was flicked and found Pinilla in space 12 yards out and he lashed past the helpless Gianluigi Buffon - only the second time he had conceded since the middle of October.

But Juventus had dropped just four points away from home going into the game and drew level after 31 minutes when Llorente met Lichtsteiner's superb cross 12 yards out and powered a header into the top corner.

Juventus was indebted to Buffon moments later when he made a miraculous save to keep the score level. Nicola Murru's left wing cross found Dessena 6 yards out but his low header was somehow repelled by the Italian goalkeeper.

Conte's men started to take control, with Carlos Tevez forcing Adan into a fine low save, but their pressure finally paid off after 72 minutes when Marchisio found space 30 yards out to fire in a fierce effort that the keeper could only help on its way.

The win was secured three minutes later when Lichtsteiner's low cross was tapped in from close range by Llorente for his seventh league goal this season.

And Lichtsteiner got on the score sheet himself 10 minutes from time when Adan fumbled a weak Llorente shot and he bundled in the rebound.

Cagliari's misery was compounded late on when Pinilla was shown a red card for dissent.

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