Showed lightning reactions to race out and close down Thereau as the attacker looked to turn and get a shot in after winning a bit of space, having already kept out Sammarco early in the proceedings. Covered Moscardelli’s header well, but then was outdone by Drame (and Bonucci) as Chievo equalized.
Juve looked somewhat exposed in the early stages of the game, with Thereau and Sammarco both managing to force some space in the final third, but the center back appeared to be getting on top before his hasty exit before the break.
Got a little flick onto Pirlo’s free kick as he caused the original concern which led to Chievo giving space to De Ceglie as Juve took the lead. Largely dominant in the air at the back until the introduction of Moscardelli, but when asked to show mobility up against Sammarco and Paloschi he wasn’t always at the top of his game.
Covered a lot of space down both flanks, justifying his continued presence in the starting XI ahead of Martin Caceres. Put in a couple of crucial tackles too, although he produced one of the more comical moments when somehow running the ball into touch with nobody anywhere near him.
P. De Ceglie
Reacted quickest when Chiellini’s flick came back into the pack as he put Juve ahead. But while his endeavor was notable, he didn’t always appear to have the killer quality when it came to getting the perfect ball in for Matri and Vucinic.
His swinging free kick caused havoc in the Chievo box as De Ceglie gave Juve the lead, and he delivered a number of other extremely dangerous passes despite not being at the top of his game at times. His late fizzer looked set to give his side the win until Sorrentino produced an excellent save.
Wasn’t a huge influence on the game playing out of position on the right side, but he did have one long range drive which Sorrentino had to deal with. Appeared more at ease once he was tucked inside after Caceres replaced Marchisio.
Got himself involved in a controversial moment when going down under pressure from Luciano, then could have dealt better with Bonucci’s long pass than to fire his first-time effort into the side-netting. Continually got in behind Frey, but wasn’t helped out greatly by the movement of his strikers.
Added very little in the middle as Juve failed to have their say in midfield as they have on other games this season. Unable to add the pressing and work rate of Arturo Vidal and was substituted 20 minutes from time.
Continues to be remarkably goal-shy when starting as part of a two-man strike force. He couldn’t seem to get the timing of his runs right for most of the evening, and when he did have a chance to get into space with Juve looking for a killer second, his dwelling on the ball allowed Bradley to race back and dispossess him.
Might have been better served to shoot first time when he tried to cleverly nip the ball around Sorrentino after beating the offside trap, then failed to make the most of a couple of half chances. Not as profligate as he has been on occasions this season, but then neither did he look like creating something out of nothing to give Juve the win.
Showed great anticipation and superb reflexes in equal measure over the course of the game, with his injury-time stop from Andrea Pirlo crucial to Chievo’s quest for a result.
Never looked entirely comfortable in the aerial battle with Juve’s strikers, and looked even less happy when faced with the prospect of the advancing Chiellini. But he did a good harrying job which proved crucial to Chievo’s cause.
Got into a good crossing position early on only to hit the first man, and later made a great tackle and storming run only to be dispossessed by Bonucci. He got his own back eventually, sliding a shot past Buffon that Bonucci could only divert into the near corner.
Replaced the injured Sardo at the last minute and seemed a little fazed by his late addition to the starting XI, with Giaccherini regularly being allowed to get in behind, as well as Matri getting early success when dropping wide onto the fullback’s territory.
Scrapped and hustled and really refused to give the Juve forwards an inch as he typified the tough approach that Chievo arrived in Turin with. A real show from the young center back, who waited a long time to become a trusted defender for the Flying Donkeys.
Patrolled the midfield superbly, starting many of Chievo’s most promising bursts forward, and delivered undoubtedly the tackle of the match when he sprinted back to dispossess Vucinic with a magnificent intervention. His sharp passing both long and short were a real feature of the Flying Donkeys staking a claim for a result.
Would have hoped to have done better when presented with a free header in the opening minutes, but his general level of play was high as he and Paloschi pinned the Juve back line deep. Had another chance midway through the first half and kept running hard at the home defense before being replaced.
Covered a lot of bases in midfield, stealing the ball from Pirlo and then seeing off two would-be tacklers in one particularly nice moment late in the first half. He continued to be the ying to Bradley’s yang as Chievo dealt as well with Juve’s midfield as perhaps any side have all season.
Put in a really good shift as he led the side with great endeavor as captain for the night due to the suspension of Sergio Pellissier. With slightly stronger contact, he may have conceded an early penalty on Giaccherini, but it was on the ball that he made more headlines, helping to keep De Ceglie honest down his flank.
Couldn’t quite keep his feet as he turned on a tight axis with Buffon approaching as Chievo looked for a quick equalizer. Drifted out of the game at times, but he was always ready to provide a vital outlet as his side looked to win something on the counter.
Led the line well, bringing in Sammarco in particular at regular intervals while doing what was basically a thankless task for the majority of the game. Still ensured that Chievo enjoyed a fair amount of territory due to his great hold-up play.
- 30 M. Storari
Added an extra dimension down the right flank as he got in a couple of testing crosses after replacing Marchisio.
Immediately got into the action with an excellent tackle on the advancing Drame before his long-range pass was allowed to get through to Giaccherini. However, he always looked like he may have a rick in him, and so he did, as his miscued clearance from Drame’s shot saw Chievo equalize.
- 34 L. Marrone
A. Del Piero
A late replacement for Lichtsteiner, he wasn’t able to regain the lead for his side.
- 17 E. Elia
- 18 F. Quagliarella
- 17 C. Puggioni
- 29 D. Dainelli
- 12 B. Cesar
- 8 R. Cruzado
Replaced Thereau for the final half hour and delivered a couple of key passes from the left side of attack.
Late sub for Paloschi.
Took the place of Sammarco as Chievo looked to grab an equalizer, and he very nearly delivered with a far post header which just finished wide. Then had a hand in the build-up to Drame’s equalizer as Chievo’s effort paid off.