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Serie A

  • January 15, 2012
  • • 9:00 AM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 30874

Juventus 1-1 Cagliari: Cossu equalizer cancels out Vucinic opener and holds Antonio Conte's side to frustrating draw

The Bianconeri met heavy resistance and ultimately they had to settle for a point against Davide Ballardini's plucky side

Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cagliari in a surprisingly tight affair on Sunday afternoon. A first half strike by Mirko Vucinic gave Antonio Conte's men an early lead as the Old Lady dominated before the break.

Shortly after the restart, however, Andrea Cossu pounced on a mistake in defense by Leonardo Bonucci, and fired a powerful shot from outside the box past the helpless Gianluigi Buffon. Juventus tried to fight back, but Cagliari held firm to secure a vital point.

The Old Lady showed it meant business right from the start as they constantly pressed Davide Ballardini's side in the early minutes of the game. It was not long before the scoring was opened as Stephan Lichtsteiner made a great run on the right before selflessly teeing up Vucinic, who converted easily from close range.

Juventus continued to press after the goal, and nearly made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when a brilliant flick by Claudio Marchisio caught Arturo Vidal by surprise, and the Chilean could not apply a proper finish with only Michael Agazzi to beat.

The tempo dropped after the half hour mark and this allowed Cagliari a few chances to threaten Buffon's goal. The visitors had a two penalty shouts turned down and they were slowly gaining momentum.

The restart saw Juventus switch to a rather sluggish pace, and this was soon punished by Davide Ballardini's men. In the 47th minutes a cross by Joaquin Larrivey was poorly cleared by Leonardo Bonucci into the path of Cossu, who took a couple of steps before firing an unstoppable shot past Buffon.

The Old Lady looked devout of answers to Cagliari's brave comeback, and hardly created opportunities until very late in the second period. In the 76th minute Vucinic was released in a decent position on the left, but blasted horribly over the bar, much to the dismay of the home fans.

Moments later Cagliari was in trouble again, but Agazzi came to the rescue, parrying a header from substitute Alessandro Del Piero, following a freekick by Andrea Pirlo. Juventus threw everything forward in the final minutes of the game, but were ultimately unable to secure the three points.

Following this result, Juventus is first in the standings with 38 points, but could be leapfrogged by AC Milan later tonight if Massimiliano Allegri's men manage to defeat Inter in the Milanese derby.

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