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April 7, 2014
• 1:00 PM
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: A. Gervasoni
• Attendance: 38829
Llorente 32', 35'
I'm Alex Moretto and I'd like to thank you all for joining me here today at the Juventus Stadium. Good bye!
FULL-TIME: JUVENTUS 2-0 LIVORNO. The hosts put in a convincing performance and move eight points clear atop the Serie A table, buoyed by two first half goals from Fernando Llorente.
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Marchisio knocked down inside the box, and it looked to be a clear penalty. Gervasoni doesn't want to give it this late, so opts to bring the match to an end instead.
90' + 3'
Belfodil showing flashes of skill on the ball as he works it up the field. He passes it off and another poor final ball allows Juventus to get back into possession as they try and wind the final minutes off the clock.
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Padoin and Vucinic work a nice give-and-go, but the midfielder wasn't expecting the return pass as he fails to get a shot off on goal.
Five minutes of added time as indicated by the fourth official.
Padoin nearly adds a third for Juventus. The substitute is on the receiving end of a brilliant one-touch pass from Giovinco but can't beat Bardi. The play is blown dead for an offside, meaning the goal wouldn't have counted anyhow.
STAT ATTACK: Fernando Llorente has three goals in two matches against Livorno this season.
Final substitution made by Juventus, as Pogba comes off for Simone Padoin. The Frenchman put in an excellent performance today for Antonio Conte, and will consider himself unlucky not to have scored.
Juventus switching into cruise control as we move through the final ten minutes. The visitors are seeing a lot more of the ball, but Juventus are doing a nice job of keeping Livorno to the outside.
Selfish play from Giovinco. He runs at the defence, with Vucinic and Marchisio making runs to either side. He has the chance to play either one in, but opts to have a shot. It's blocked easily by Coda and rolls behind for a corner.
Livorno are getting into some great positions, but are lacking any sort of urgency. They're trying to be patient and wait for the perfect shot, but they could be waiting forever in that case, against this sound Juventus defence.
Well, well, well. A rather upset looking Fernando Llorente comes of to a loud applause, but he isn't so happy himself as he wanted to push for his hat-trick.
Livorno make their final substitution, and it's a tactical one. Holding midfielder Marco Biagianti comes off for a third forward. Domenico Di Carlo perhaps feels they aren't out of this one just yet. Livorno did manage to come back from 2-0 down last weekend at home to Inter.
Again it's Pogba, never afraid to have a shot, who lets fly from 30 yards out, but fails to get much power behind it as it doesn't trouble Bardi. The Frenchman really wants a goal tonight.
STAT ATTACK: Juventus have won 15 consecutive home league matches, and are unbeaten in their last 24.
POGBA! Pirlo sends an impeccable ball in for Pogba, who had endless amounts of time to get a shot off from inside the box, but didn't realize it, rushing his attempt and sending it well over the bar.
Belfodil goes down now, and that would be bad news for the visitors who just brought the striker into the match. Meanwhile, Juventus back in possession and Pogba sends a lovely ball in for Llorente, but the Spaniard unexpectedly stopped his run.
Siligardi makes a nice run, beating a couple of Juventus players, but tries to do too much as he's eventually dispossessed by Caceres. Livorno appear to have the quality in attack to pull a goal back, but seem hesitant to commit men forward.
Livorno pushing forward now, sensing that time is running out for them. Ishak Belfodil looks set to come on as the visitors search for a way back into this match.
DUNCAN CLOSE FOR LIVORNO! The Ghanaian midfielder takes a shot from 25 yards out and it's marked for the top corner. Buffon flies through the air and just gets his hand out to turn the shot aside! Great stuff from both players there as Livorno produce their best chance of the match.
Ugly collision in midfield, as Valentini and Bonucci both slip going for the ball and collide knee on knee as they go to ground. It looks as though Bonucci also took a knee to the rib, as both men make their way to the sidelines.
LLORENTE! Pogba sends a wonderful ball into the box for the Spaniard, who makes easy work of Valentini, but just loses control of the ball, sending his shot into the side netting.
Juventus toying with Livorno at the moment, passing it around in midfield, without much of an intention to push forward. They're content to simply keep possession here.
The second half with a very similar start to that of the first. Livorno get some early possession, before Juventus take over. The hosts back with the ball now, doing a nice job of passing it around in midfield, with Livorno finally starting to chase the ball a bit here. We didn't see that urgency from them at all in the first half.
The visitors win an early free kick from about 35 yards out. Siligardi rather ambitiously goes for goal but can't hit the target. Not the smartest of shots from the striker, especially with Buffon between the posts.
Livorno kick off and the second half is underway. No changes to tell you about at half-time, from either side.
STAT ATTACK: Only Sassuolo (61) have conceded more than the 59 goals allowed by Livorno this season.
HALF-TIME: JUVENTUS 2-0 LIVORNO. A first half brace from Fernando Llorente has the hosts deservedly in front at the break, after dominating the opening frame. Livorno spent the majority of the half pinned inside their own penalty area, and will have to find a way to see more of the ball if they have any hope of picking up a result here today.
No time added on at the end of the first half, as Andrea Gervasoni blows his half-time whistle. Livorno their work cut out for them in the second half, and will have to find a better way of dealing with the Juventus pressure.
EMEGHARA! The forward with a brilliant run of his own, splitting Caceres and Pogba, nutmegging the Uruguayan, but just failing to get his shot off at the final moment.
Juventus enjoying endless pressure inside the attacking third. Their passing has been impeccable, and Livorno are giving them far too much time on the ball. No one is pressuring the Juventus ball-carriers.
POGBA! The midfielder gets it in space at the top of the box. He takes a step forward and lets fly, but it deflects off Llorente and behind for a goal kick. Juventus all over Livorno in the first half.
Lichtsteiner right back in for the hosts. Non-stop pressure from Juventus, and Livorno are shell shocked. The Swiss international breaks into the box and crosses in for Llorente, but Castellini just gets there first to send it behind for a corner.
GOOOOOOOOAL! Juventus relentless with their pressure! Pirlo whips in a corner at the near post for Llorente, who heads it into the ground. Bardi is in position to make the save, but spills it just enough for the ball to squeak across the line.
POGBA! Juventus back in for more. Pogba takes a pass from Lichtsteiner and shoots from just outside the box. It deflects off Biaganti but wide of the goal for a corner.
GOOOOOOOOOAAAL! It's been coming for some time now. Livorno sitting so far back, and Juventus finally break them down. Tevez passes it in for Llorente, who shields the ball from Valentini with his back to goal, turns the defender, and blasts a shot into the top corner. Fantastic stuff from the Spaniard and Juventus finally have their lead.
Asamoah makes a lovely run once again, beating Ceccherini. The wing-back does an excellent job to recover though, and makes an exceptional challenge inside the penalty area. It had to be perfect from Ceccherini or he would have conceded a penalty - and it was.
Yellow CardPaolo Castellini
Nasty challenge from Castellini who goes in hard at the legs of Lichtsteiner. The players exchange a few words, and the Livorno defender earns the first card of the match.
Livorno finally break out of their own half and into the attacking third. Juventus defending well, however, and Emeghara can't pick out a pass before Asamoah tracks back to dispossess the Swiss international.
Asamoah makes a nice run of his own, beating Ceccherini and sending a low cross in for Lichtsteiner who can't direct it onto goal, marked well by Mesbah this time around.
Lichtsteiner takes a pass now and tries to cross in. It hits the arm of Castellini but no penalty is given. Mesbah runs back and heads it out for a corner. Livorno are pinned inside their own penalty area at the moment, and you just wonder how long they can fend off the hosts if they continue to play on the ball in the attacking third.
CHIELLINI! Superb run from Pogba along the right as he bullies by Duncan and breaks into the box before cutting it back for a wide open Chiellini at the top of the box. The ex-Livorno player hits it with his weaker foot, and it flies over the bar. Great chance for the hosts.
Mesbah struggling to deal with the pace of Lichtsteiner early on. He concedes another foul that nearly results in the opener for Juventus as Llorente gets his head to a free kick, with Bardi out of goal, but the Spanish striker is whistled for a foul.
STAT ATTACK: Juventus have scored at least one goal in 27 consecutive league matches at the Juventus Stadium. The last time they failed to score was November 17, 2012 – a scoreless draw with Lazio.
After a confident start, Livorno have struggled to keep any sort of possession. Juventus close down the ball so well, and are doing an excellent job of pressuring the ball. Livorno have yet to adjust and find a way to deal with the pressure.
Juventus working everything through Pirlo in the early minutes here. The midfielder is distributing the ball well, spreading Livorno out in defence. The hosts are pinning Livorno in their own end well at the moment.
Mesbah with a very poor giveaway, allows Juventus to break in numbers. Marchisio chips a pass behind the defence for Llorente, but Ceccherini tracks back well and makes an acrobatic play to break up the move.
TEVEZ! Pogba lofts a nice ball forward for Llorente, who chests down and rolls it into the path of the Argentine who gets behind the defence but can't beat Bardi! His original shot is stopped well, and his follow up header is cleared behind for a corner.
Emeghara showing his pace and strength to beat Bonucci to a long ball, and fending off all three Juventus defenders, waiting for help to arrive. He picks out Siligardi, but the strikers final shot is poor, rolling well wide of the goal.
The visitors are the ones who get the first scoring chance of the match. Emeghara picks up a lose ball and runs at Caceres. He cuts to the right and has a good strike from 25 yards out that Buffon is able to get down to his left and fist away. Encouraging start from Livorno.
Juventus kick off and we're underway in Turin! The hosts, moving left to right, wearing their black and white striped shirts, with Livorno sporting their all crimson kits.
STAT ATTACK: Juventus are 4-0-0 all-time against Livorno at the Juventus Stadium, winning the matches by a combined score of 14-3.
Livorno's leading goalscorer, Paulinho (12), will start the match on the substitutes bench, with Siligordi the preferred striker to start beside Emeghara. Coda and Ceccherini also get the start, in place of absentees Emerson and Mbaye.
LIVORNO SUBS: Piccini, Gemiti, Paulinho, Mosquera, Bartolini, Emeghara, Anania, Benassi, Borja, Aldegani, Tiritiello.
LIVORNO XI (3-5-2): Bardi; Valentini, Coda, Castellini; Ceccherini, Greco, Biagianti, Duncan, Mesbah; Emeghara, Siligordi.
Claudio Marchisio and Carlos Tevez have been restored in the Juventus XI following a 2-0 loss at Napoli last weekend. Arturo Vidal (suspension) and Pablo Osvaldo are the ones to give way.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Ogbonna, Vucinic, Giovinvo, Peluso, Osvaldo, Padoin, Quagliarella, Storari, Isla, Rubinho.
JUVENTUS XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez.
The teams have been announced, so let us have ourselves a look at today's starting line-ups:
Livorno enter the match in 18th place, occupying the Serie A's third and final relegation spot. There's no reason for Domenico Di Carlo's men to lose hope just yet, as a meager two points separates them from Bologna and Chievo, in their fight for survival. An improbable victory over the table toppers this evening would see them vault into 16th place with six games left to play.
Juventus may just be peering over their shoulders at the moment, as we enter the final six weeks of the season. Six consecutive victories for Roma means the defending champions can not rest easy, as their lead atop the table has shrunk to five points. A victory for Antonio Conte's men here today would give them a more comfortable cushion, but it won't come easy against a team fighting for their lives in Italy's top flight.
Good evening Serie A fans around the world, and welcome to today's match, with implications at both ends of the table, between Juventus and Livorno at the Juventus Stadium. I'm Alex Moretto and I'll be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
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