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March 3, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ A. Gervasoni‎
Attendance:‬ 39027‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 1-1 Chievo

The Bianconeri missed another chance to put the frighteners on Milan, with Paolo De Ceglie's goal ruled out by Boukary Drame amidst a magnificent performance by Michael Bradley

By Kris Voakes

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    174
    32
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    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 equalised.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    135
    39
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    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.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    148
    46
    3.00

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Reacted quickest when Chiellini’s flick came back into the pack as he put Juve ahead. But while his endeavour 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.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    119
    39
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    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 centre-back appeared to be getting on top before his hasty exit before the break.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    114
    51
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    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.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    83
    173
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio Flop of the Match

    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 workrate of Arturo Vidal and was substituted 20 minutes from time.

  • Simone Padoin
    59
    133
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Wasn’t a huge influence on the game playing out of position on the right-hand 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.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    191
    51
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    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.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    127
    91
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    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.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    54
    213
    2.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Continues to be remarkably goal-shy when starting as part of a two-man strikeforce. 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.

  • Alessandro Matri
    80
    123
    2.50

    Alessandro Matri

    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.

Substitutions

  • Martín Cáceres
    148
    35
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Added an extra dimension down the right flank as he got in a couple of testing crosses after replacing Marchisio.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    55
    171
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    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 equalise.

  • Alessandro Del Piero
    194
    31
    3.00

    Alessandro Del Piero

    A late replacement for Lichtsteiner, he wasn’t able to regain the lead for his side.

  • Stefano Sorrentino
    73
    9
    3.50

    Stefano Sorrentino

    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.

  • Marco Andreolli
    14
    11
    3.00

    Marco Andreolli

    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.

  • Francesco Acerbi
    25
    12
    3.50

    Francesco Acerbi

    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 centre-back, who waited a long time to become a trusted defender for the Flying Donkeys.

  • Boukary Dramé
    24
    15
    3.00

    Boukary Dramé

    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.

  • Nicolas Sebastien Frey
    16
    8
    3.00

    Nicolas Sebastien Frey

    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 full-back’s territory.

  • Michael Bradley
    149
    23
    3.50

    Michael Bradley Top of the Match

    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.

  • Paolo Sammarco
    19
    10
    3.00

    Paolo Sammarco

    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 defence before being replaced.

  • Luciano
    17
    9
    2.50

    Luciano

    Put in a really good shift as he led the side with great endeavour 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.

  • Luca Rigoni
    15
    10
    3.00

    Luca Rigoni

    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.

  • Alberto Paloschi
    52
    9
    3.00

    Alberto Paloschi

    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.

  • Cyril Thereau
    17
    8
    3.00

    Cyril Thereau

    Couldn’t quite keep his feet as he turned on a tight axis with Buffon approaching as Chievo looked for a quick equaliser. 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.

Substitutions

  • Perparim Hetemaj
    38
    10
    3.00

    Perparim Hetemaj

    Replaced Thereau for the final half hour and delivered a couple of key passes from the left side of attack.

  • Kamil Vacek
    13
    9
    0.00

    Kamil Vacek

    Late sub for Paloschi.

  • Davide Moscardelli
    30
    8
    3.00

    Davide Moscardelli

    Took the place of Sammarco as Chievo looked to grab an equaliser, 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 equaliser as Chievo’s effort paid off.

Results
 
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