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2 vs 0
Played
September 22, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ C. Russo‎
Attendance:‬ 38369‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 2-0 Chievo

Goal.com evalulates the performances of everyone involved in Turin, after a game decided by a terrific volley and a cool finish from in-form Bianconeri forward Fabio Quagliarella

By Mark Doyle

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    213
    4
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Called into action just five minutes in but dealt easily with Jokic's strike from distance and had little to do thereafter. Won't enjoy many easier evenings than this.

  • Lúcio
    205
    15
    3.50

    Lúcio

    Back in the starting lineup and acquitted himself well. Showed some characteristically neat touches on the ball and although Juventus were rarely under pressure, he looked well up for the fight, enjoying every opportunity to lock horns with Chievo's front two.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    203
    6
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Rarely troubled, which was hardly surprising given Juve's dominance of possession, but when he was called upon, like when Thereau had a sight of goal in the first half, Chiellini defended with his usual powerful, composed self.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    201
    13
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    So comfortable at the back that he indulged himself by repeatedly stepping out of defence, and even had a crack on goal, albeit with predictably comical results. Still, defensively speaking, he was pretty flawless.

  • Paul Pogba
    230
    22
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    Broke up play well and looked very comfortable in possession in what was his first start for Juve, although he was a little overambitious at times, perhaps because he felt the need to play some Pirlo-esque passes.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    209
    12
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    With Vidal and Pirlo both benched, the onus was on the Italy international to lead by example in midfield and he certainly did his bit going forward in the first half. Heavily involved in chances for Quagliarella and Giaccherini, and even went close himself with a shot just before the break. Continued to drive forward after the break but was not quite as dynamic and was replaced on 72 minutes.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    235
    7
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Once again, the powerful Ghanaian represented a terrific outlet down the left-hand side for the Bianconeri. Put over a couple of great crosses, one of which was so nearly converted by Giaccherini. Deservedly got an assist when Quagliarella slotted home after collecting one of his passes.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    184
    25
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Played the Vidal role for the first half, before switching to the wing after Chilean's entry on 52 minutes. Did well in the middle, playing a cushioned through-ball for Quagliarella before then twice going close to scoring. However, he really should have converted his second opening, Giaccherini volleying over unmarked six yards out.

  • Mauricio Isla
    161
    41
    2.50

    Mauricio Isla

    Although an offside Vucinic had the ball in the back of the net from one of the Chilean's crosses, the former Udinese man did not contribute much in an attacking sense. Indeed, while he defended competently, it was no surprise when he was hauled off shortly after half-time.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    179
    37
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Demonstranted impressive hold-up play during the first half, as well as causing all sorts of problems with his surges from deep. So nearly opened the scoring but was flagged offside after tapping home Isla's ball back across the box. However, he was pretty anonymous in the second half and it was a shock that it was Quagliarella and not the Montenegrin who was hauled off late on.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    311
    5
    4.50

    Fabio Quagliarella Top of the Match

    Earned a start after his heroics against Chelsea and was a real livewire during the first half. Had a header saved before then drawing a brilliant one-handed stop out of Sorrentino with a low drive. Also set Giaccherini up for a gilt-edged opportunity with a measured cross. Appeared to be fading but then produced a wonderful acrobatic volley to open the scoring and doubled Juve's lead with a cool finish after flicking the ball past Dainelli. The answer to Juve's striking dilemma?

Substitutions

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    172
    4
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Came on in place of Marchisio for the last 17 minutes.

  • Arturo Vidal
    203
    4
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Replaced compatriot Isla seven minutes into the second period and wasted little time getting involved, going close to scoring at one end before burying Pellissier at the other.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    156
    33
    0.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Saw 10 minutes of action at the end and, aside from one blocked shot from the edge of the area, did not get a clear sight of goal.

  • Stefano Sorrentino
    126
    6
    4.50

    Stefano Sorrentino

    Unlucky to end up on the losing side after pulling off a number of good saves, and a couple of terrific saves. The first was remarkable for the way in which he managed to get down low to keep out Giaccherini's flicked effort; the second was just remarkable, Sorrentino somehow keeping out Chiellini's point-blank header from a corner.

  • Dario Dainelli
    11
    24
    3.00

    Dario Dainelli

    Did an excellent job trying to subdue the threat posed by Vucinic and Quagliarella. Indeed, both had drifted out of the game by the hour mark. However, then Quagliarella volleyed home in too much space before striking again after leaving Dainelli for dead with a deft flick.

  • Bostjan Cesar
    10
    21
    3.00

    Bostjan Cesar

    Was left eating Vucinic's dust at one point in the first half but, for the most part, he defended resolutely and the Montenegrin was pretty much a non-entity after the break.

  • Bojan Jokic
    6
    26
    2.50

    Bojan Jokic

    Tested Buffon with a decent strike from the left-hand side early on but did not get forward with any great intent for the remainder of the game. Kept Isla pretty quiet but struggled after the Chilean went off and Giaccherini was switched to Juve's right wing.

  • Nicolas Sebastien Frey
    5
    27
    2.50

    Nicolas Sebastien Frey

    Struggled terribly to contain the threat posed by Asamoah down the Bianconeri left, often needing the assistance of a team-mate to double up on the Ghanaian.

  • Marco Rigoni
    9
    20
    3.00

    Marco Rigoni

    Showed plenty of intelligence, taking up a number of good positions between Pogba and the Juve back three. Distributed the ball well but was never able to produce that killer ball.

  • Luca Rigoni
    9
    21
    3.00

    Luca Rigoni

    A really dynamic presence in the middle of the park for Chievo, he never shirked a tackle and was also very neat and tidy in possession.

  • Kamil Vacek
    6
    24
    2.50

    Kamil Vacek

    Good on the ball and not afraid to take a player on, but he spent most of the game on the back foot. Hassled and harried well, and also made a crucial intervention when Asamoah hurtled into the area, but he appeared to run out of steam in the second half.

  • Perparim Hetemaj
    25
    19
    2.50

    Perparim Hetemaj

    Full of running, he looked well up for the fight in the first half. However, he was a passenger after the break and was replaced on 62 minutes.

  • Sergio Pellissier
    7
    25
    2.00

    Sergio Pellissier

    Starved of quality ball, he put himself about but to no great effect. He only had one sight of goal, and it quickly disappeared, with Chiellini stepping across the forward and muscling him off the ball.

  • Cyril Thereau
    5
    37
    1.50

    Cyril Thereau Flop of the Match

    Started promisingly, playing a clever, first-time through-ball which very nearly put Pellissier in on goal. However, that was to be the one highlight in an otherwise horribly blunt display.

Substitutions

  • Gennaro Sardo
    6
    20
    0.00

    Gennaro Sardo

    Saw just over 15 minutes of action at the end after coming on for Dainelli.

  • R. Cruzado
    13
    22
    2.50

    R. Cruzado

    Took over from Hetemaj early in the second half, but while he applied himself admirably, he made no great impression on the proceedings.

  • Davide Moscardelli
    14
    18
    3.00

    Davide Moscardelli

    Did well after coming on, looking far more energetic and potent than the man he'd replaced, Thereau.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0