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4 vs 1
Played
September 29, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 39221‎
 
11′ Andrea Pirlo
16′ (PG) Arturo Vidal
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 4-1 Roma

Goal.com casts a critical eye over the performers in Turin as three early goals earned the Bianconeri a facile win and a three-point lead at the top of the Serie A table

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    214
    11
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Kept his concentration well to keep out the occasional Roma attempt on his goal, and could do little about Osvaldo's penalty.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    223
    11
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Dealt with whatever Roma could throw at him, and never put a foot wrong at the back in a confident display.

  • Martín Cáceres
    202
    14
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Got forward extremely well in the first half, functioning as an auxiliary winger at times. His attacking forays diminished in the second half as he was forced to do more defending.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    188
    21
    3.00

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Whipped in a few dangerous balls from advanced positions on the left as Roma’s lack of an offensive punch allowed him to stay camped in the opposition half, though he was forced to defend more after the interval.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    219
    13
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Much like Chiellini, he was imperious at the back, especially during Roma's second-half surge. Defended with purpose and composure.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    149
    79
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Did not have much to do at all, but will be extremely disappointed in himself for a brainless barge into Destro during the second half that resulted in a penalty and ruined his team’s clean sheet.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    287
    15
    4.00

    Claudio Marchisio Top of the Match

    His engine was a sight to behold in this game, as he never stopped running in attack, consistently providing his team with another avenue to exploit. Unlucky not to see his name on the scoresheet after a thunderous drive that rattled the crossbar.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    270
    13
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    As soon as he buried a lovely free kick low into the bottom corner after 11 minutes, you knew it was going to be his day. He was given the freedom of the pitch to probe by Roma and took full advantage, laying on chance after chance for his teammates with his exquisite passing.

  • Arturo Vidal
    231
    13
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Slotted home an extremely confident penalty, and looked accomplished in midfield. Faster, stronger, and hungrier than his Roma counterparts, comfortable with both setting up his colleagues and breaking up play.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    206
    31
    3.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Constantly adopted dangerous positions across the front line and involved in almost every attack, with Balzaretti in particular finding him to be a menace. Hit the bar with an effort in the first half and came close again moments after the restart, when a great Stekelenburg save denied him a wonder-goal from distance.

  • Alessandro Matri
    210
    23
    3.50

    Alessandro Matri

    He was afforded space to run into and receive the ball close to the Roma goal, and took advantage of that development in one instance when he finished past Stekelenburg to rack up his side’s third goal.

Substitutions

  • Paul Pogba
    195
    17

    Paul Pogba

    Saw five minutes of game time right at the end.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    173
    12

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Came on in place of Marchisio just over 15 minutes before full-time, but did not make a significant impact on the proceedings.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    228
    16
    3.00

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Came off the bench to add a late clincher, with a silky finish after rounding Stekelenburg.

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    50
    55
    2.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    The nerves of his team seemed to extend to him, as he inspired no confidence between the posts with his shoddy handling and presence. However, he somewhat made up for it with a world-class save to stop a Vucinic bullet.

  • Leandro Castán
    29
    83
    1.00

    Leandro Castán Flop of the Match

    A valiant attempt at twice blocking an unguarded net instead ended up with him conceding a penalty for handball. He fell apart completely after that, leaving a cavernous hole in the centre of defence with some abhorrent positioning.

  • Nicolas Burdisso
    26
    71
    1.00

    Nicolas Burdisso

    Sloppy in the wall defending Pirlo’s free-kick, and simply terrible otherwise. His lack of concentration and waifish defending made Roma seem to be playing with 10 men whenever Juventus attacked.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    26
    62
    2.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Carved apart time and time again with ease by a rampant Juventus attack in the first half. He was put out of his misery after only 44 minutes as Zeman hauled him off the pitch.

  • Rodrigo Taddei
    18
    74
    2.00

    Rodrigo Taddei

    Poor in the wall alongside Burdisso for Pirlo’s goal, and was lucky to stay on the pitch after a professional foul on Marchisio on the edge of the box. Looked shockingly out of sorts along with the rest of the defence.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    35
    53
    1.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Not a happy return to the starting lineup for the vice-captain, as he was virtually a non-factor in midfield. Breezed past by the Bianoneri machine time and time again, and was woeful when on the ball.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    53
    46
    3.00

    Alessandro Florenzi

    Gave his side some much needed thrust in the second half, and was at the heart of what little good they could muster in the attacking third.

  • Panagiotis Tachtsidis
    28
    62
    1.00

    Panagiotis Tachtsidis

    Completely and continuously bypassed in midfield. His attempts to break up play consisted of nothing more than a few half-hearted tackles and more than a few mix-up with the back four.

  • Erik Lamela
    31
    66
    1.50

    Erik Lamela

    Involved in what little Roma could muster offensively in the first half - but not in a good way. Had he taken one of the two glorious openings that fell his way, the outcome of the match may have well be different.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    58
    47
    3.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Scored a confident penalty in the second half, and kept Buffon on his toes with another testing drive. A positive influence during Roma's improved second-half showing.

  • Francesco Totti
    55
    70
    1.50

    Francesco Totti

    The Giallorossi skipper looked his age today, and spent most of his time chasing shadows as Juventus swarmed all over his side.

Substitutions

  • Marquinho
    21
    53
    0.00

    Marquinho

    Gave his side an outlet on the flanks after being sprung from the bench just before the break.

  • Simone Perrotta
    31
    50
    2.50

    Simone Perrotta

    A little more decisive in the centre of the park than Tachtsidis, and went close with one effort.

  • Mattia Destro
    65
    38
    3.00

    Mattia Destro

    A difficult presence for the Juventus defence to deal with after his introduction in place of Totti, typified by the way he won the Roma penalty.

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