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March 25, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
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Player Ratings: Juventus 2-0 Inter

Goal.com evaluates all of those involved in the Derby d'Italia, a game in which the Turin giants clinched three precious points thanks to Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero

By Mark Doyle

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    828
    22
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Very busy in the first half. The Italy captain made a crucial stop from Milito on 15 minutes, using his feet to great effect, before then displaying his wonderful reactions by keeping out a terrific near-post header from Forlan. Denied Milito again in the 32nd minute and also kept out long-range efforts from Obi and Stankovic.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    642
    24
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Lucky to avoid giving away a free-kick in a dangerous position - and perhaps even a booking - for blatantly obstructing Milito after the Argentine had flicked the ball by him. However, for the most part, he defended solidly and was desperately unlucky to end with neither an assist, after a wonderful run into the Inter box, or a goal, on account of a terrific reflex save from Julio Cesar.

  • Martín Cáceres
    899
    23
    3.50

    Martín Cáceres Top of the Match

    Proved a more than able deputy for Lichtsteiner, picking out Matri in the area with a sublime lofted cross which the forward really should have buried. He was not afraid to get himself into the box either. He probably should have done better with a Pepe cross from the right wing 27 minutes in but made amends by heading Juve into the lead midway through the second half. However, from a defensive perspective, he was exposed by Obi's pace on a couple of occasions.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    375
    308
    2.50

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Struggled to contain Maicon whenever the Brazilian ventured forward, while at the same time failing to put the Inter full-back under any pressure himself. His crossing was pretty poor, too.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    464
    34
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Had a momentary scare when he Milito put him under pressure as he tried to shepherd the ball back to Buffon but this was a decent display from Barzagli given it was his first game back after injury.

  • Simone Pepe
    236
    361
    2.00

    Simone Pepe Flop of the Match

    His first couple of crosses were poor but his terrific delivery from the right wing some 26 minutes in deserved better from Caceres. However, that was to be the highlight of his evening as he was hauled off early in the second half, just moments after wasting a pretty decent opening.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    412
    138
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Started pretty slowly but he started to get himself involved from the half-hour mark on and forced the corner which led to Caceres' goal with swerving drive which Julio Cesar tipped over the bar.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    537
    52
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Lost the ball deep in his own half early on and was very nearly caught in possession in his own box just before the break. However, he was much more like his usual self in the second period and ended with another assist to his name after Caceres headed home his terrific corner from the right. Should have had another too but Vucinic wasted his wonderful through-ball.

  • Arturo Vidal
    734
    28
    3.50

    Arturo Vidal

    Really put himself about early and tested Julio Cesar from distance after winning the ball well just inside Inter territory before surging forward. His shooting was suspect throughout but his pass into Del Piero for the crucial second goal was absolutely sublime.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    332
    207
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Offered an early indicator of his growing confidence by barging Marchisio off the ball midway through the opening period. However, he was on the fringes of the game for most of the half before calling Julio Cesar into action with a deflected effort shortly before the break. Presented with a great chance to put Juve 2-0 up but shot tamely at Julio Cesar.

  • Alessandro Matri
    254
    282
    2.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Demonstrated his admirable willingness to chase back during the first half but he spurned a golden opportunity to open the scoring by heading Caceres' wonderful cross straight at Julio Cesar. He then blazed over after the Uruguayan's cut-back had fallen for him some in the middle of the box. Unsurprisingly replaced early in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    407
    47
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Thrown on in place of Pepe as part of a tactical reshuffle which saw Juve switch to 3-5-2 and slotted back into the side with the mininum of fuss.

  • Alessandro Del Piero
    1629
    22
    3.50

    Alessandro Del Piero

    Harshly dropped after scoring against Milan in midweek, the legendary trequartista proved a point by making a tremendous impact after bring sprung from the bench, scoring Juve's vital second goal after being put through by Vidal. Why oh why are Juve getting rid of him at the end of the season?!

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    387
    88
    3.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Saw 10 minutes of action at the end and came close to scoring just before full-time only to be denied by Julio Cesar.

  • Julio César
    172
    151
    3.00

    Julio César

    Failed to claim Pepe's low cross early on but got away with it as Vucinic was unable to pick out a team-mate after pouncing the rebound. Mad a string of impressive saves in the second period but could do nothing about either Caceres' header or Del Piero's strike. Badly let down by his defenders in both instances.

  • Javier Zanetti
    108
    177
    2.50

    Javier Zanetti

    Industrious as ever, the Argentine broke up several Juve attacks, most notably when he almost effortlessly stripped Vucinic of possession just outside the Inter box. However, his overall influence was negligible.

  • Lúcio
    52
    206
    2.50

    Lúcio

    Stuck pretty close to Matri for the majority of the game and kept the forward quiet, but he did lose the Italy international during the first half and was lucky to see the forward head tamely at Julio Cesar. Must also accept the majority of the blame for Caceres' goal by allowing the Uruguayan a free header on the six-yard box.

  • Maicon
    92
    194
    3.00

    Maicon

    Lucky to avoid a booking for catching De Ceglie but soon settled and caused havoc every time he went forward in the first half, particularly when he cut infield on 13 minutes and put Milito in on goal only for the Argentine to shoot straight at Buffon. Less of a threat, though, after the break.

  • Walter Samuel
    57
    179
    3.00

    Walter Samuel

    Cannot be faulted for the loss. The Argentine won a fair bit of ball in the air and also made a couple of important blocks, throwing himself in front of a shot from Marchisio in the opening quarter before deflecting a strike from Matri away for a corner.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    65
    197
    2.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Initially appeared that he and Obi might caused all sorts of problems for Juve down the left-hand side after linking well with the youngster nine minutes in but the Japanese rarely ventured forward thereafter. Kept Pepe pretty quiet, though.

  • Dejan Stankovic
    51
    203
    2.50

    Dejan Stankovic

    Given the nod ahead of Cambiasso in midfield and made several timely interceptions in the first quarter of the game alone. Also drew a save out of Buffon with a long-range effort. However, his sloppy passing put the Nerazzurri in trouble on occasion.

  • Andrea Poli
    66
    213
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    Never really managed to get a grip of the game, though he did get a grip of Vucinic's shirt just before the interval and was booked for his troubles. Quite who he was supposed to be marking for the corner which led to Caceres' goal is anyone's guess.

  • Joel Obi
    92
    192
    2.50

    Joel Obi

    Showed an impressive turn of pace in breaking away down the left wing early on but then failed to pick anybody out in the centre. Tested Buffon with a well-struck strike from distance. However, was anonymous in the second half before being replaced.

  • Diego Forlán
    63
    208
    2.50

    Diego Forlán

    Recalled to the starting lineup after allegedly refusing to come on as a sub last weekend and initially struggled to find a team-mate. However, he linked well with Maicon in the lead-up to Milito's first sight of goal before then drawing a terrific reaction save out of Buffon with a near-post header.

  • Diego Milito
    89
    175
    3.00

    Diego Milito

    Had the first big chance of the game after being slipped in on goal by Maicon. Unfortunately, the ball got under his feet a tad and he was only able to stab it towards goal, thus leaving Buffon with a far easier save to make. Produced a far cleaner strike after killing a long ball over the top but Buffon was again equal to it.

Substitutions

  • Marco Faraoni
    29
    183
    2.50

    Marco Faraoni

    Failed to make an impression after coming on for Obi midway through the second half.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    31
    188
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Came on for Poli on 67 minutes but never got a sight of goal while on the field.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0