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May 6, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Nereo Rocco — Trieste
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 9500‎
 
 
 
Michele Canini 74′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cagliari 0-2 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of those involved in the game in Trieste as Antonio Conte's side clinched the Serie A title

By Mark Doyle

  • Michael Agazzi
    18
    8
    3.00

    Michael Agazzi

    Hard to fault him for either goal as Vucinic placed the ball expertly between his legs after being horribly let down by his static back four, while he was given no chance by Canini's unintentional lob. Made a couple of decent stops, most notably from Pepe at the tail end of the first half, but, for the most part, he wasn't actually that busy.

  • Lorenzo Ariaudo
    15
    6
    3.00

    Lorenzo Ariaudo

    Struggled at times to contain Pepe and offered little going forward as a result.

  • Davide Astori
    14
    5
    3.00

    Davide Astori

    Reasonably sold display, managing to cope quite comfortably with the threat posed by the Juventus front two. But, like Canini, he was caught out badly for the opening goal.

  • Francesco Pisano
    9
    6
    2.50

    Francesco Pisano

    Comfortable for the most part, though he did pick up a booking for a mistimed challenge five minutes before the break. Tried to venture forward whenever he could but did so to little effect.

  • Michele Canini
    8
    12
    2.50

    Michele Canini

    Has to shoulder some of the blame for the dreadful defensive line which Vucinic exploited for the opening goal and although he was unlucky with the own goal, it was still poor technique on his part as he failed miserably to clear a cross from Caceres.

  • Radja Nainggolan
    44
    6
    3.50

    Radja Nainggolan

    A reported Juve target for some time now but did little to endear himself to his prospective team-mates with a late tackle on Lichtsteiner which left the Swiss requiring treatment. However, his energy was impressive and it was he who led the breakaway which very nearly earned Cagliari a penalty.

  • Daniele Conti
    8
    6
    3.00

    Daniele Conti

    Cagliari saw their fair share of possession over the course of the 90 minutes and Conti used it pretty well. What was missing, though, was just that little bit of incision which could have made this a far more interesting game.

  • Albin Ekdal
    24
    4
    3.00

    Albin Ekdal

    Really put himself about early on and drew a fair few fouls. Indeed, he really seemed to savour his tussle with Marchisio. However, he never really got on top in that regard and faded as the game wore on.

  • Thiago Ribeiro
    6
    22
    2.50

    Thiago Ribeiro Flop of the Match

    May as well have not been playing, so little did he contribute to the game before being hauled off early in the second half. Indeed, the one surprise was that he lasted that long.

  • Víctor Ibarbo
    6
    10
    2.00

    Víctor Ibarbo

    Made no impact on the proceedings after being introduced shortly before the hour mark.

  • Mauricio Pinilla
    15
    7
    3.00

    Mauricio Pinilla

    Starved of any real quallity ball and was often forced to drop deep as a consequence. However, he gave Juve an almighty scare when, having picked up possession on halfway, he sped past a couple of players before unleashing a 30-metre drive which flew just wide of Buffon's post. Aside from that, though, never really got a look in.

Substitutions

  • Andrea Cossu
    30
    5
    2.50

    Andrea Cossu

    Made a real nuisance of himself after coming on in place of Thiago Ribeiro, injecting some much needed pace and energy to the Cagliari attack. Indeed, he was unlucky not to have earned a penalty - and even more unlucky to have been booked for diving - after being bundled over by Chiellini in the box.

  • Joaquin Larrivey
    6
    9
    2.50

    Joaquin Larrivey

    Another Cagliari attacker who offered absolutely nothing going forward. Replaced 17 minutes into the second period.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    259
    4
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    A lot of eyes were on him after his clanger in midweek but, in truth, he was rarely put under any pressure. He had Pinilla's long-range effort covered and also looked comfortable under the few high balls Cagliari lobbed into the Juve area.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    237
    8
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Switched to left-back in the absence of De Ceglie and was his usual reliable self in the first half, making a crunching - but legitimate - challenge on Pinilla at one point. However, it was a difference story in the second period and he was very fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty early shortly after the restart after clumsily bundling over Cossu in the area, just moments after being booked for a poor tackle on Pinilla.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    254
    4
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Rarely troubled at the back and his most significant contribution was the terrific through-ball which Vucinic stuck away to put the Bianconeri a goal to the good. A commanding display.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    246
    4
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Pretty tidy performance from the centre-half, who also distributed the ball very well at times. Didn't put a foot wrong all evening.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    229
    11
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Forced off midway through the first half, the Swiss had only just recovered from the effects of a terrible tackle from Nainggolan before then being left prostrate on the floor after a sickening collision with Pinilla. Fingers crossed the neck brace was purely a precautionary measure.

  • Simone Pepe
    221
    18
    3.00

    Simone Pepe

    Earned a recall because of De Ceglie's season-ending injury and started brightly, very nearly doubling Juve's advantage only to see Agazzi pull off a decent stop. Drifted in and out of the game thereafter but went close again just before the break, first with a whipped strike from a narrow angle, and then with a blocked shot after a terrific crossfield run. Lively in possession throughout.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    255
    5
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Enjoyed quite the battle with Ekdal but, as usual, also managed to get forward with great regularity and drew a save - albeit a very easy one - with a shot from distance 13 minutes in after linking well with Vucinic.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    282
    5
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Tested Agazzi with a well-struck shot from distance 16 minutes in before then hitting the post - from a corner. Not at his best but oozed class from start to the finish, with the highlight of his game a wonderful piece of play which saw him bamboozle two Cagliari defenders with his sublime touch and fancy footwork.

  • Arturo Vidal
    209
    35
    2.50

    Arturo Vidal

    Threatened early on but couldn't get sufficient purchase on a cross from Matri before then picking up his customary booking for a typically reckless challenge on Ekdal. Failed to exert any real control on the game and was unsurprisingly subbed shortly after the break.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    337
    14
    3.50

    Mirko Vučinić Top of the Match

    Opened the scoring by coolly slotting the ball between Agazzi's legs after well-timed run in behind a static Cagliari defence. Looked dangerous every time he got the ball but he was not as involved as usual and flashed a shot over the bar when well placed in the box midway through the second half. However, he remains Juve's most inspirational player and really lifted his side with a shot which drew a spectacular stop out of Agazzi just before the own goal.

  • Alessandro Matri
    173
    59
    2.50

    Alessandro Matri

    Preferred to Quagliarella at the apex of the Juve attack but despite showing plenty of endeavour, he struggled to get himself into the game and never looked like scoring. Only a matter of time before he was replaced.

Substitutions

  • Martín Cáceres
    222
    8
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Thrown on after just 25 minutes following Lichtsteiner's injury-enforced withdrawal and wasted little time in getting involved, winning a corner after a one-two with Vucinic.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    197
    19
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Came on for Vidal and showed plenty of enthusiasm without ever really threatening in an attacking sense.

  • Marco Borriello
    180
    43
    3.00

    Marco Borriello

    Came on for the ineffective Matri and deserves some credit for putting Canini under pressure for the own goal but, in truth, he didn't really make much of an impact.

Results
 
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