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Serie A

  • February 20, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Comunale Via del Mare, Lecce
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 9000

Lecce 2-0 Juventus: Mesbah And Bertolacci Sink Ten Man Bianconeri

Lecce 2-0 Juventus: Mesbah And Bertolacci Sink Ten Man Bianconeri

Both captains were dismissed in a dramatic encounter, which saw Lecce end Juve's winning streak...

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Juventus stumbled to defeat at the Stadio Via del Mare after last week's heroics against Inter, losing to Lecce 2-0. Gianluigi Buffon received a red card early in the game for handling the ball outside the box and the Lupi took full advantage through Djamel Mesbah and Andrea Bertolacci.

Lecce had their captain, Giuseppe Vives sent-off in the second-half but Juventus couldn't find a way back to put their challenge for fourth place back on course.

Within ten seconds of the match Juventus fired their first effort towards goal, Luca Toni guiding a lukewarm volley wide of the left post from 25-yards. It was proving to be end to end action in the opening exchanges, Juve 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon forced to rush out his area to clear and the visitors were again at sixes and sevens when Davide Brivio's cross was knocked back into the danger zone by Carlos Grossmuller, but to no avail.

Toni was again looking to take the initiative for the Old Lady but the striker felt he was pulled back by Stefano Ferrario when attempting to poke the ball over Antonio Rosati.

Juventus were still awakening from a slumber when a ball over the top released David Di Michele, the striker beat Buffon to the ball but the keeper used to hands to deny the forward scoring from outside the area and was rightly sent off.

Luigi Del Neri sacrificed Milos Krasic to bring on Marco Storari and went with three central midfielders, keeping Toni and Alessandro Matri in attack.

After being reduced to ten, the Bianconeri's concentration wasn't improving and they were punished accordingly. With 31 minutes on the clock Djamel Mesbah made up for an earlier miss by steering in a lobbed pass from Gianni Munari, catching out both centre-backs who followed the ball together leaving space in behind.

Carlos Grossmuller then shaved the post five minutes later as the Lupi went in for the kill. A horrible clearance from Andrea Barzagli fell straight to the Uruguayan midfielder but he snapped his shot low and wide of Storari's right post.

Juventus had a wonderful opportunity to level matters just before half-time, Alberto Aquilani swinging and completely missing the ball inside the area from a cross. Lecce broke straight down the other end, this time Storari denying Mesbah with diving save.

The Salentini doubled their lead almost immediately in the second-half from a set-play. A ball drifted into the far post found Di Michele miles from his marker Bazargli and he headed down for Andrea Bertolacci to pass into the net.

It should have been three when Lecce twice split the Bianconeri back-line with ease and twice it was Grossmuller who couldn't finish. First Storari came to the rescue for his side preventing Grossmuller one-on-one, and then a cross from Brivio pierced the gap between 'keeper and defence but Grossmuller couldn only find the side-netting.

The home side threatened to let Juventus back into the match when the second captain of the game was given his marching orders by the official. Giuseppe Vives took just two minutes to collect two yellow cards giving Juventus twenty minutes to find a way back.

Substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta came mighty close to giving Lecce coach Luigi De Canio a nervous finish but his header scrapped the post and went wide from a corner.

The loss prevents Juventus from closing the four point gap on Lazio, while Lecce's first win in three attempts lifts the Lupi five points clear of the drop zone.




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