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UEFA Europa League
February 20, 2014
• 1:00 PM
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: A. Kulbakov
• Attendance: 35436
D. Osvaldo 16'
P. Pogba 90'+
That result ends Trabzonspor's 12-game unbeaten run in Europe and they have a huge task in trying to reach the last 16 when they face Juventus in the return leg in Turkey next week. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: Juventus 2-0 Trabzonspor. Antonio Conte's side take a two-goal cushion into the second leg but they can consider themselves extremely fortunate after Olcan Adin had an away goal controversially disallowed. The Italian champions were far from their best and Pablo Osvaldo opened the scoring in fortuitous circumstances before Paul Pogba sealed the win with a brilliant finish late on.
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Mustafa Yumlu
Yumlu picks up Trabzonspor's first booking of the game after he brings down Tevez outside the box. Pirlo steps up to take it but he cannot make it 3-0 as his effort curls high over the bar.
90' + 4'
Assist Carlos Tévez
90' + 4'
Goal Paul Pogba
POGBA MAKES IT 2-0! There is a huge sense of relief around the Juventus Stadium as Pogba keeps his cool to direct Tevez's cutback into the top corner from the edge of the box. That is extremely cruel on Trabzonspor who do not deserve to be two goals behind. However, you cannot deny the quality of that strike from Pogba.
90' + 3'
This is a fantastic finale in Turin and Trabzonspor go so close to snatching an away goal when they launch a rapid counter attack down the left. Henrique des well to get in behind Caceres but Bonucci makes a crucial interception to deny Mierzejewski inside the box. Erdogan then tries his luck from distance and forces Buffon into a smart stop.
90' + 1'
POGBA DENIED! The Frenchman has been much more involved in the second half and he is denied three times here. First, his shot deflects off Aykut Demir and onto the post before he heads over the bar from the resulting corner. That is not the end of it however as Zokora produces a great block to stop his shot from the edge of the box.
COLMAN GOES CLOSE! It's nearly a horror story for Vidal as he sloppily gives away possession to Colman who arrows a shot inches past Buffon's post. The Juventus goalkeeper is not happy and urges concentration in the final moments.
The game is getting stretched in the closing stages and Kadir makes a brilliant block to deny Pirlo. Are we going to see late drama?
Trabzonspor are desperately searching for that away goal and Mierzejewski slips a neat pass inside Caceres but Erdogan cannot find Henrique in the middle and Ogbonna clears. This has been far from a convincing performance from Antonio Conte's men.
YUMLU TO THE RESCUE! Giovinco has looked bright since coming off the Juventus bench and the fans have immediately warmed to him. He works himself into a good position down the left before picking out Tevez. However, the Argentine is once again denied as Yumlu flings himself bravely in front of his shot.
It is Olcan Adin who steps up to take the free kick but his fierce drive is too close to Buffon who gets down well to make the save.
Trabzonspor will make a final substitution before the set-piece however as Mierzejewski comes on to replace Ozer Hurmaci.
Trabzonspor win a free kick right on the edge of the box when Pirlo brings down Yumlu. Can the Turkish side take advantage and score that crucial away goal?
Giovinco snaps at the heels of Erdogan to win possession for Juventus effectively but the hosts are denied a second goal as Onur anticipates the attack well to prevent Llorente from sliding in Pogba's low cross. Will we see a second goal here?
Final change for Juventus here as Giovinco comes on to replace Marchisio. The diminutive striker was booed off by the home fans against Chievo at the weekend.
JUVENTUS GO CLOSE! Pirlo's swerving free kick is fumbled by Onur but the Turkish goalkeeper gathers the ball at the second attempt. However, he picks up a boot from Tevez in the process and play stops so that he can receive treatment.
Yellow Card Didier Zokora
Didier Zokora picks up the first booking of the game after he brings down Tevez on the edge of the box. Pirlo territory.
That is a huge let-off for Juventus. An away goal for Trabzonspor there would have changed the whole complexity of this tie.
GOAL DISALLOWED FOR TRABZONSPOR! Controversy at the Juventus stadium as Olcan Adin is denied the equaliser after Erdogan had cut the ball back from the byline. The linesman says that the ball had gone out but I am not convinced. The Juventus defence was cut open too easily by Adin's backheel in the build-up to that incident.
The Juventus fans try to lift their side as Pirlo stands over a free kick on the left. However Trabzonspor defend the set-piece to good effect once again as Colman heads the ball clear. The Turkish opponents have given a good account of themselves this evening and it is not surprising that they are unbeaten in this season's competition.
Trabzonspor also decide to make a change with 21-year-old midfielder Erdogan replacing Bourceanu.
Antonio Conte makes his first changes of the game and Osvaldo receives a good ovation as he is replaced by Llorente. Vidal comes on to replace his fellow countryman Isla.
This game is being evenly contested at the moment and Juventus may feel they need more than a one-goal lead to take to Turkey. Fernando Llorente and Arturo Vidal are being readied on the touchline.
The Turkish fans are certainly making themselves heard here as they set off firecrackers in the far corner of the stadium. The referee is forced to halt play after several smoke missiles are thrown onto the field.
Tevez continues to endure a difficult period in front of goal as he sends a tame effort into Onur's gloves with options left and right. Pogba then does well to spring the Trabzonspor offside trap but Peluso blazes his cutback high over the bar.
Henrique leads the Europa League scoring charts with eight goals in 12 appearances and he immediately tests Buffon with a snapshot from the right side of the box. The Brazilian is on a dry streak at the moment however as he has not found the back of the net in his last 11 matches.
Emre Gural has struggled to make an impact on this game and he becomes the first player to be substituted as Henrique comes on to replace him.
CHANCE FOR TRABZONSPOR! The Turkish side are looking a threat when they attack themselves however and Isla produces a good interception to prevent Gural meeting a cross at the back post before Olcan's half-volley flashes high over the crossbar.
Osvaldo has a good opportunity to double his tally as he opens up his body expertly in an effort to bend a shot into the far corner. However, Onur reads the striker's intentions to good effect and makes a smart stop. Pirlo and Pogba are starting to have more of an impact on this game now.
POGBA GOES CLOSE! We all know the Frenchman can strike them but this is not one of his better efforts as his low drive from Tevez's layoff flashes just wide of the post.
Bourceanu attempts to pick out Olcan who had made a darting run infield from the right. However, Ogbonna anticipates the danger well to make a crucial interception.
Juventus almost double their lead early in the second half when Pirlo spots the clever run of Marchisio. However, he cannot play the pass to perfection and Onur rushes off his line to claim.
The teams are back out on the field and Juventus get the second half underway. There have been no substitutions at the break.
HT: Juventus 1-0 Trabzonspor. Antonio Conte's side hold a slender advantage at the break after Pablo Osvaldo scored his first Bianconeri goal in fortuitous circumstances. The Italians have had the better chances but they have not looked convincing at the back while Tevez has spurned two good opportunities. Trabzonspor are still in with a chance here.
Peluso is looking to impress on a rare start down the left and he collects Pirlo's pass on the edge of the box before slicing an effort narrowly off target. That is the last action of the first half as the referee blows the half-time whistle.
Pogba concedes a free kick out on the wing and Ogbonna nervously shuffles the resulting set-piece behind for a corner. The Italian champions certainly have not had it all their way in this first half.
Carlos Tevez hasn't got his shooting boots on at the moment and he misses another guilt-edged chance when he finds space in the box smartly before firing straight at Onur.
Juventus work the ball out well to Peluso on the left and he makes his first telling impact of the game as he swings an inviting cross into the box. However, Isla cannot get there first as Kadir stands firm to make a brilliant clearing header.
This Belarusian referee has been quite lenient so far and he allows Bourceanu to get away with a mistimed tackle on Marchisio before Yumlu escapes punishment after challenging Osvaldo unfairly from behind. The Juventus fans are a little restless at present.
Pogba and Pirlo are not dictating the play as much as Antonio Conte would like and the Frenchman sees his attempted through ball for Tevez easily claimed by Onur. Juventus have gone off the boil in the last five minutes or so.
Juventus have looked a little sloppy at times and Bonucci is the latest to give away possession needlessly. Zokora attempts to thread a ball beyond the Juventus defence but Ozer does not react in time and he fails to pick out a teammate in the box.
SO CLOSE TO 2-0! Juventus have two great chances to double their lead. First, Isla tiptoes his way beyond the Trabzonspor defence before his shot is excellently saved by Onur and then Tevez goes close as he bends an effort inches past the post when he should really have hit the target.
CHANCE FOR TRABZONSPOR! Ozer Hurmaci does brilliantly down the left before picking out Emre Gulan. However, the striker can only fire straight into the gloves of Buffon from the edge of the box. Caceres and Isla look at each other in confusion.
The winner of this contest will play the winner of Esbjerg vs. Fiorentina in the last 16 and it is the Viola who currently hold a 2-1 lead in the first leg in Sweden. Vincenzo Montella's side are the only team to have beaten Juventus in the league this season.
Trabzonspor win their first corner of the match but they cannot make use of it as Colman sees his shot from the edge of the box well blocked by Caceres. Juventus then launch a swift counter attack but Tevez's tame shot is easily held by Onur.
Trabzonspor are determined to get the ball on the floor and play football but Emre Gural is struggling to make an impact up front. The striker has looked rather lightweight so far and Ogbonna has done a good job in marshalling him, bar that early slip.
Didier Zokora is furious with the referee after he gets in the way of a Trabzonspor pass which allows Tevez to wriggle his way towards goal. However, fortunately for the official, Isla cannot direct the return pass into Tevez's path and the move breaks down.
Isla is looking a threat down the right for Juventus and he gets away from Kadir excellently before his teasing low cross is diverted behind for a corner by Aykut Demir. However, the Italian champions cannot take advantage from the resulting set-piece and Trabzonspor clear upfield.
That goal was really unfortunate for the Turkish side who had given a good account of themselves in the opening 15 minutes. Can they fight their way back and find the equaliser?
Goal D. Osvaldo
OSVALDO SCORES HIS FIRST JUVENTUS GOAL! There's a huge stroke of fortune about it as Tevez's pass towards Pogba ricochets off Aykut Demir's face before falling straight into the path of Osvaldo. The former Roma striker has a free run at goal and he keeps a cool head to slot the ball under the advancing Onur.
A misplaced Andrea Pirlo pass. I can't quite believe my eyes!
The Trabzonspor defence know they will have their hands full this evening but they have dealt well with the Juventus attack so far and Bosingwa produces a good header to prevent Osvaldo from advancing on goal. There's a good turnout from the claret and blue travelling support.
Juventus are enjoying the majority of the possession here but they are in no rush to get the ball forward. It's been a regular theme of Conte's style to wait patiently for the right opportunity. Hami Mandirali looks relatively composed on the touchline.
Trabzonspor have started fairly well here but it is still Juventus who look the more threatening. Tevez looks to slip a neat reverse pass to Osvaldo on the right side of the box but Aykut Demir reacts quickly to make the interception.
STAT: Carlos Tevez has not scored in his last 21 European games.
GOOD CHANCE FOR TEVEZ! Isla is looking to impress on a rare start down the right and he collects Pogba's pass before picking out Tevez's clever run on the edge of the box. However, the Argentine striker leans back and balloons an effort high over the bar.
LET-OFF FOR JUVENTUS! Ogbonna suffers a complete lapse of concentration as he allows Emre Gural to run through on goal. However, the striker is slow off the mark and Bonucci reacts well to clear the danger.
Tevez looks to engineer a move down the left but Ogbonna cannot take the ball in his stride and the opportunity breaks down. Juventus are many people's favourites to win this competition.
The referee blows his whistle and Trabzonspor get the first half underway. Can they continue their unbeaten run in Europe?
The teams emerge from the tunnel with captains Buffon and Onur (both goalkeepers) leading out the respective sides. Juventus are in their famous black and white jerseys with Trabzonspor also in their familiar blue and claret shirts.
However, Trabzonspor are unbeaten in 12 European encounters this season (winning nine and drawing three) and they have been impressive on their travels - winning five, drawing one and conceding just one goal.
This is the first official meeting between Juventus and Trabzonspor but the Italians do have a good home record against Turkish opposition, winning two and drawing two.
Antonio Conte hands a first start to on-loan Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo while Mauricio Isla, Paul Pogba, Federico Peluso and Carlos Tevez also come into the side. Emre Gural leads the Trazbonspor front line after scoring twice in the 2-2 weekend draw at Karabukspor while Jose Bosingwa, Alexandru Bourceanu and Didier Zokora possess a wealth of European experience.
TRABZONSPOR (4-2-3-1): Onur; Bosingwa, Aykut Demir, Yumlu, Kadir; Zokora, Bourceanu; Colman, Ozer, Olcan; Emre Gural.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Isla, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso; Tevez, Osvaldo.
Without further ado, here are today's lineups as Antonio Conte makes five changes to the side which defeated Chievo at the weekend...
Meanwhile, Trabzonspor are without a win in their last four games and they head into the clash without a permanent coach after Mustafa Resit Akcay's resignation earlier this month. Assistant Hami Mandirali has taken temporary charge of the side who lay ninth in the Turkish Super Lig.
Juventus head into today's contest in good spirits after they defeated Chievo 3-1 at the weekend to extend their unbeaten Serie A streak to 16 games.
"Winning the Europa League would be extraordinary. With all the players we have here, I've got great belief in my squad." Those are the words of Juventus coach Antonio Conte as his side look to overcome their Champions League heartache. The Italian champions were dumped out by Galatasaray in the last round of the group stage matches and today they face another Turkish side Trabzonspor, who topped their Europa League group after an unbeaten campaign. Can they keep that impressive run going? Bringing you all the action from this Europa League round of 32 contest from the Juventus Stadium, my name is Max Bentley.
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