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May 2, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 28000
S. Pepe 88'
90' + 4'
There goes the whistle!!!! The Champions League race has been blown wide open tonight!! Simone Pepe's 87th-minute winner moves Juventus to within four points of fourth-placed Lazio. Immense stuff. Stick around on Goal.com for all the reports, ratings and reactions from this one.
90' + 3'
Alessandro Del Piero
90' + 2'
On comes Bonucci for Del Piero. Del Neri is protecting what he has here.
There are three minutes left to be played. Juve are set to move to within four points of the Champions League spots. It's all on!
Lazio appeared to be far too deep there, and they got punished. On comes Kozak for Brocchi, but surely it's too late for the 10 men.
Assist Hasan Salihamidzic
Goal Simone Pepe
Lazio have all 10 men behind the ball... the impetus is on Juventus to do something about it now. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! They've done something about it! Simone Pepe strikes superbly, low and hard into the far corner after Toni failed to take Salihamidzic's cross and it ran to the far post. It took a touch off Scaloni, but Juve don't care. They lead with three minutes left.
A predictable substitution. Bresciano replaces Zarate to strengthen Lazio's midfield.
This is silly. Toni slides in to meet Salihamidzic's cross but Muslera beats him to it. The striker doesn't catch the keeper, but that doesn't stop Lazio's Lichtsteiner and Scaloni ahving a moan at the former Azzurri hitman.
Lazio will probably have to hold out for a 0-0 if they can now. Juve have a chance to go for it here.
Yellow/Red Cristian Ledesma
RED CARD!!!! Ledesma stops Felipe Melo in his tracks as the Brazilian sets up a break, and that's his second yellow card. Off he goes. Perhaps that was meant as retribution for the foul on him a couple of minutes ago. Lazio down to 10 though.
Brocchi has a bit of a kick at Aquilani, and Juve will be able to release a little bit of pressure with a free-kick. Felipe Melo then crashes into Ledesma in challenging for a high ball and Lazio will have a free-kick of their own.
Pepe tries to work a trick against Lichtsteiner, but the No.2 stands his ground and blocks the cross.
Salihamidzic again struggles to clear as Zarate closes him down. This could yet be a very nervy last 15 minutes for Juventus.
Yellow Card Hasan Salihamidzic
And it takes Salihamidzic all of 20 seconds to miss his clearance, catch Matuzalem, and find himself in the book!
Three changes. Toni and Salihamidzic on for Matri and Motta, with Scaloni on for Biava for the home side.
ZARATE!! WIDE!! Dias plays a ball from the right-back position, but Zarate can't quite get a decent shot in as he arrives at the back post in good time to get at least something on it.
GREAT SAVE BUFFON!!!! Lazio's backs are up after that injustice, and Hernanes' excellent drive produces an equally great save from Gigi Buffon.
Oof! That's a really nasty foul by Aquilani on Floccari. Free-kick Lazio in a dangerous position.
PENALTY!!!! NO!!! MAZZOLENI SAYS NO!!! Floccari gets in behind the Juve back four and is caught by the challenge of Chiellini, but the referee waves play on. That HAD to be a penalty.
Long ball played forward for Matri, but he's offside. Well the sting has certainly gone out of this one.
Lichtsteiner goes down in the box under pressure from Felipe Melo... Honestly man, please stay on your feet!
Juve win a corner on the left, but it's cleared twice over and Felipe Melo is penalised for holding Floccari in any case.
The Bianconeri are now causing some trouble with balls into the channel for Pepe and Krasic to chase. It's forcing the Lazio back four deeper than they were for much of the first half.
Yellow Card Simone Pepe
That's a reckless foul by Pepe on Lichtsteiner. The defender goes down as he is caught by a boot which was about the level of the ball, with Pepe's studs coming down at him. It's a yellow card for the winger.
Juve threatening now. The game appears to be opening up somewhat.
BROCCHIIIIIIIIII...Just over. Magnificent work down the right again by Lichtsteiner, and when he cuts the ball back, Brocchi's volley just clears the bar. That's the closest he's come yet.
If that's a foul by Biava on Matri, I'm your auntie Maud. The Juve man wins a free-kick for the slightest of contact.
DEL PIERO!!!!!.... WIDE! After a corner is half-cleared by Lazio the ball lands for the Juve skipper, but his curled effort is wide of the far post. Not quite able to bend it like Beckham for once! (Happy birthday Becks, by the way... I know you're a Goal.com reader!)
OOOOHHH!! Pepe crosses low from the left and Matri can't reach it at the near post, but Muslera momentarily spills before beating Matri to the loose ball.
Hello again. Paolo Mazzoleni blows the whistle which gets us back underway.
45' + 3'
Half-time at the Olimpico. Those chances in quick succession for Floccari and Matri which forced good saves from each keeper have been the feature so far. Lazio the better team, but they've created few gilt-edged chances. Just me again in 15. In the meatime, send you thoughts on twitter (@krisvoakes)
45' + 2'
The pace has dropped out of this one, with Lazio happy enough to hold the ball until half-time it would seem.
We'll have an extra three minutes in the first half, largely due to the attention given to Grosso.
Brocchi and Zarate combine well, but then when the midfielder attempts to tee up the former Birmingham man Motta intervenes. Zarate then fires over after cutting into space. More territorial superiority wasted by Lazio.
Del Piero does superbly to get around Biava, but when he cuts back the ball there is nobody there to meet it. When Felipe Melo eventually gets there he sidefoots well over.
Krasic gets into a good crossing position as Juve threaten once more, but he swings the centre out of play. A wasted opportunity for the visitors. There's been a few of them for both sides now.
Yellow Card Cristian Ledesma
Ledesma is late in getting a tackle in on Del Piero and is rightly booked.
MATRI!!!! SAVED!! Maybe that chance has woken Juve up. They finally cause real trouble as Lichtsteiner can't direct his clearing header, and it only reaches Matri, whose effort is superbly saved by Muslera. Lazio almost made to pay for their profligacy there.
FLOCCARI!!! NO.... BUFFON!! There was a great chance... Floccari getting free in Barzagli's channel, but his hard low shot across the face was well blocked by Buffon. Italy's No.1 saves the Bianconeri.
Lazio continuing to keep the ball, with the Juventus midfield completely impotent at the moment. Surely only a matter of time before the home side create some more meaningful chances.
The home side are causing trouble again, and as a free-kick come over from the left Fabio Grosso takes a knock to the thigh or groin area at the far post.
OOOOOOOHH! What a chance that was! Ledesma swings over a fabulous ball from the right and Brocchi rises all alone at the far post, but his header is off target wide of the near post. A great chance to force a save from Buffon there.
Juve are forced into a couple of last-ditch blocks, most notably from Chiellini, as the home side hike up the tempo. Time for the visitors to dig their heels in.
Fabio Grosso goes into the book for a clumsy foul on Hernanes. Really not necessary, Mr G.
Yellow Card Fabio Grosso
Hernanes sends Pepe racing back to cover as Lazio break, but the former Udinese man does well to win a free-kick, getting in front of the Brazilian and taking the foul.
Juve getting a bit more of a share now and Grosso drills a cross low to the far post, forcing Garrido to concede the corner.
Got any thoughts on the action so far? Tweet me (@krisvoakes) and the most interesting will get a mention.
Lichtsteiner looks to be in some pain after colliding with Pepe down the Juve left. They jumped in unison for a high ball and the wing man may well have caught the Lazio full-back's knee with his studs as they went up.
Felipe Melo clatters Zarate before getting up and screaming at someone. It's difficult to say whether that was one for the referee or a team-mate!
Despite having held the lion's sahre of possession so far, Lazio are struggling to find the target. Ledesma is the latest to strike high and wide. Juve are happy playing on the counter for the time being.
A silly foul by Brocchi gives Juve a dangerous free-kick. It's cleared at first but when it comes back in Matri is offside as he turns and shoots over.
Lichtsteiner does well to get in behind Grosso to the bye-line but Chiellini collects his cut-back. Lazio soon get forward again, but Zarate fires a 25-yard effort over the bar.
The Biancocelesti are knocking the ball about well here. A good start from the home side.
Another shot from Lazio, but this one is from further out and is an attempted left-foot half-volley from Cristian Brocchi. Predictably, it's high and wide.
Juve start on the front foot, but Lazio hit them on the break and Hernanes gets a shot in from the right, but he snatches at it and it goes wide of the near post.
On your marks, get set... GO! We're underway at the Olimpico.
As it stands Lazio are in fourth place with 60 points, one ahead of both Udinese and Roma. Juve lie seventh with 53, so they basically need to win all of their remaining games to have any chance of Champions League qualification.
JUVENTUS: Buffon; Motta, Barzagli, Chiellini, Grosso; Krasic, Felipe Melo, Aquilani, Pepe; Matri, Del Piero.
LAZIO: Muslera; Lichtsteiner, Biava, Dias, Garrido; Hernanes, Ledesma, Matuzalem, Brocchi; Floccari, Zarate.
Ciao tutti! So our Serie A weekend runs into Monday with the final match taking place at the Olimpico in Rome between Lazio and Juventus, who are both fighting for the final Champions League spot. This is Goal.com's play-by-play coverage of the game. Don't go anywhere. Team news is next.
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