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Played
December 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Ennio Tardini — Parma
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 8500‎
 
16′ (PG) Mauricio Pinilla
 
 
Mirko Vučinić 90+4′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cagliari 1-3 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in the game in Parma that saw the champions come from behind to win thanks to goals from Matri and Vucinic.

By Frank Tigani

  • Michael Agazzi
    82
    9
    4.00

    Michael Agazzi

    The Italian stopper was having a blinder of a game, keeping out Juve's attempts time and time again. But, he could not hold Vucinic's shot that led to Matri's equaliser. Was beaten twice more but not before pulling off an outstanding save to deny Asamoah from close range.

  • Lorenzo Ariaudo
    22
    14
    3.00

    Lorenzo Ariaudo

    Along with Astori, did well to restrict Juve to just one shot on target in the opening period. Took on more responsibility when his captain was sent off but ultimately could not help his side withstand the Juve threat.

  • Davide Astori
    7
    44
    2.00

    Davide Astori

    The captain kept things tight at the back using all his experience to keep Juve at bay. One too many bookable fouls however resulted in him seeing red in the second half and eventually his team crumbled following his dismissal.

  • Francesco Pisano
    9
    19
    3.00

    Francesco Pisano

    A dogged display from the Italian full-back. Was kept busy by Asamoah, who nine times out of ten came out on top.

  • Nicola Murru
    4
    24
    2.50

    Nicola Murru

    The young defender was given a tough time by the combative Lichsteiner. Earned a yellow card in the first half which seemed to knock his confidence. Taken off early in the second period.

  • Radja Nainggolan
    46
    24
    3.50

    Radja Nainggolan

    Did very well to match it with Juve’s midfield and was at the heart of everything positive for his side. Also was everywhere defensively. Definitely Cagliari's best player on the night.

  • Albin Ekdal
    28
    23
    3.50

    Albin Ekdal

    The former Juve man battled hard and displayed his technical abilities with a couple of forward-surging dribbles. Got a shot in on goal and was highly involved in the encounter.

  • Daniele Dessena
    7
    19
    3.00

    Daniele Dessena

    The most defensive member of Cagliari's midfield, the 25-year-old was second best to Marchisio for the majority of the match. Picked up a yellow card.

  • Marco Sau
    14
    20
    3.00

    Marco Sau

    Used all his cunning to win his side a penalty in the first half after a soft tackle from Vidal. Had a good attempt in the second half that almost caught Buffon out. Was withdrawn for a defender following the red card to Astori.

  • Mauricio Pinilla
    14
    20
    2.50

    Mauricio Pinilla

    Despatched his penalty with aplomb and was always his side’s most dangerous threat in attack. Faded in the second half particularly after his side went down a man. Replaced for Nene with a quarter of an hour to go.

  • Thiago Ribeiro
    5
    23
    2.00

    Thiago Ribeiro

    Cagliari missed Cossu as Ribeiro struggled to impose himself on the game. Was not seen for long periods and did not offer anywhere near enough going forward. Surprisingly, he played the whole match.

Substitutions

  • Gabriele Perico
    4
    16
    2.50

    Gabriele Perico

    Came on eight minutes into the second half and did not have any impact on the game.

  • Dario Del Fabro
    6
    18
    2.00

    Dario Del Fabro

    The 17-year-old was on the field for not even five minutes before he brought down Giovinco for a penalty. This was his most notable contribution.

  • Nenê
    10
    17
    2.00

    Nenê

    Played the last fifteen minutes and got a handful of touches on the ball.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    176
    20
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    A quiet evening for the most part. Cagliari may have brought the game to Juve but they did not test the visitors' custodian often. Beaten easily from the penalty spot and did well to keep out a cheeky effort from Sau in the second half.

  • Martín Cáceres
    152
    35
    2.50

    Martín Cáceres

    Played in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini and was tidy in defence. Certainly nothing spectacular and he was withdrawn just after the hour when Juve needed to push forward more.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    183
    20
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Just another day at the office for Barzagli. The Italian was sound at the back, letting little go beyond him. Becoming a very consistent performer for the Old Lady.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    170
    23
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Commanding at the back while his distribution was top drawer, too. Almost scored, nearly set up Quagliarella with a neat long ball and in defence he mopped things up repeatedly.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    150
    31
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Not his best outing, that's for sure. Defensively did not have much to do so spent much of his time attacking. However, his final ball always let him down and he was forced to drop back into a more defensive role with the introduction of Padoin.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    176
    26
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    As ever, registered a handful of shots but none of them came off for him this evening. Linked up well with Giovinco as he always looked to get forward.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    204
    25
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    As per usual, Pirlo ran things for Juve. Chipped in with a couple of shots whilst dictating the game with his wonderful passing range. Despite all his 33 years, he was tireless throughout the ninety minutes.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    199
    32
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    The Ghanaian came close to scoring on two occasions. The first time he was called offside and the second time saw Agazzi deny him with a stupendous save. Dominated the left flank and was always a threat. A top display, again.

  • Arturo Vidal
    152
    85
    2.00

    Arturo Vidal Flop of the Match

    An evening of mixed fortunes for the Chilean. Was woeful at the outset, picked up a yellow card, conceded a penalty, missed a penalty, but then provided the assist for Matri's second goal.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    348
    29
    3.00

    Sebastian Giovinco

    The creative force in attack for Juve. His passing, quick movements and eye for goal caused Cagliari problems. He did not score, but came close before Vucinic made sure of it by slamming home his injury-time effort.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    101
    87
    2.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Not a great outing for the Neapolitan. Looked to be on a different wavelength compared to his team-mates as he struggled to link up. Withdrawn for Matri who proved to be the hero.

Substitutions

  • Simone Padoin
    154
    33
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    A determined display from the former Atalanta man. Got forward often down that right flank and was definitely an improvement from Lichsteiner.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    231
    41
    4.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    The Montenegrin changed the game when he came on. He gave the Juve attack much more in the way of end product and it was his shot that led to the equaliser. His close control caused problems for Cagliari while he linked up superbly with his team-mates.

  • Alessandro Matri
    298
    28
    4.50

    Alessandro Matri Top of the Match

    The hero of the night - and against his old club, no less. Displayed his striking instincts with two goals; was first to the rebound for his and Juve's first before being in the right place at the right time. A fantastic outing.

Results
 
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