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December 6, 2013
• Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 21000
A. Vidal 12'
G. Chiellini 90'
That's it from me, Harry Slavin. A big thanks to all of you who joined me for tonight's action. Stay tuned for more European and Serie A action across the weeken,d but until next time, good bye for now!
FULL-TIME: BOLOGNA 0-2 JUVENTUS. It took a long time in coming but Chiellini finally secured the points for Antonio Conte's men in the 90th minute to ensure they go six points clear at the top of the table. That's also a seventh cleansheet on the trot for Buffon too. This Juventus side are going to take some catching you feel.
90' + 2'
Marchisio is down in a heap after the restart in his own half as a poor evening for the midfielder looks like it could end in disaster. It takes a while for him to get back to his feet and it looks serious, but at least there is no need for the stretcher.
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal Giorgio Chiellini
GOOOAAALLL!!! CHIELLINI WRAPS UP THE POINTS!!! Sighs of relief from the Juventus bench as the central defender wraps up the points. He risies above Natali at the front post to nod home from Tevez's corner and seal the points for Conte's side.
Tenacious work from Tevez as he recovers possession in the Bologna half with a great sliding tackle and forces a late corner when his shot ricochets wide.
Llorente! The Spaniard should have this game wrapped up and there'll be accusing fingers pointed his way if Bologna snatch anything from this. He's played clean through and has all the time in the world to pick his spot, too much time you could argue as he opts to dink it over Curci, but the keeper beats it away with an instinctive stop.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
BIG CHANCE FOR MORLEO!!! The defender sneaks in at the back post and rises well above Isla to meet Diamanti's wicked cross. Buffon is rooted in nets but the header bounces into the turf and just wide of the upright. A real let off for the Champions there.
We're into the final 10 minutes in Northern Italy then. Juventus still haven't put this game to bed and Bologna are just beginning to crank up the pressure as they try to sniff out a point.
Marchisio luck just isn't in this evening. The midfielder escapes the attentions of his marker once more to latch onto the loose ball in the area but he can't maintain his composure and skies his half-volley way over the bar.
Carlos Tevez leads the latest counterattack for the visitors and he plays a cutting pass through for Vidal. The Chilean, who has just signed a new contract, tries to slip back in the Argentinean but Curci is alert and cuts it out.
What a crazy couple of minutes in the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara! Llorente is clean through and just needs to poke the ball beyond an onrushing Curci to set up an easy finish but the keeper somehow makes the challenge. At the other end sub Cristaldo has Bologna's best chance of the evening as he drags the ball just wide of Buffon's far post.
Conte may have sent out an experimental eleven this evening but he won't be impressed with his players picking up cramp after just 70 minutes. That's exactly what happend to Quagliarella though. It looks like that is the end of his night too as Tevez comes on.
Almost an instant impact from Asamoah! He finishes beautifully after Llorente slides him through down the right channel. Any celebrations though are curtailed by the linesman's flag.
A substitution from Conte and it's a wise one. Peluso is on a yellow and living dangerously as it is before he hacks down Diamanti. The Uruguayan escapes with a final warning and is instantly replaced by Asamoah.
Vidal wins a free kick in a dangerous position and Quagliarella fancies his chances once more. His shot clips the top of the wall this time and he compounds things from the resulting corner, firing the ball over everyone's head and straight out for a goal kick.
Even better from the Spaniard! He takes the ball from Peluso and shows great strength to hold off a defender before turning on the edge of the six-yard box and smashing a shot goalwards. It's straight at Curci on this occasion though and Bologna survive once more.
Llorente hasn't really featured too much since appearing in the first half for the injured Vucinic. He finds a bit of space now though and Curci has to be on hand to palm the ball behind for a corner.
Diamanti slides in with Marchisio and comes up with the ball but gives away a free kick. It's a puzzling decision from the referee and no one looks more perplexed than the former West Ham man.
Quagliarella has been on set piece duty for the Bianconeri this evening but he hasn't been delivering the same threat as Diamanti. He frustrates from a free kick once more as he strikes the ball low and straight into the wall.
Conte is prowling the touchline after Juve's indifferent start to the second period. He would have been hoping his side could come and kill this game off at the start of this half. As it is, they are still very much in a game.
A rare sighting of former Manchester City striker as he wanders into an offside position and is flagged by the linesman. It has been a frustrating evening for the forward so far, who hasn't featured at all.
Not the same dominant opening we saw from Juventus in the first-half. Pioli's side haven't sat back this time and have pressed from the whistle. Can they keep it going for the next 45 minutes though?
A couple of early chances for both sides. Diamanti fails to connect properly with a cross as he tries an audacious back-heel-flick. Marchisio is clear through on the left side of the box at the other end but he sends his shot wide as he cuts inside onto his right foot.
We are back underway in Northern Italy and we do have a substitution from the home side as Perez makes way for Laxalt in the middle of the park.
Stefano Pioli has finished his half-time team talk and is out on the field talking to one of the subs. It appears there'll be a change in the second period for the hosts, who are already back out at a freezing Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.
Antonio Conte's men looked strong at the beginning and the end of the half there but Bologna will take heart from the period sandwiched in-between. The visitors have looked shaky defending set pieces and the Juve coach must surely be warning his players about those needless niggling fouls at the break.
HALF-TIME: BOLOGNA 0-1 JUVENTUS. The visitors start and end the half like a table-topping side as first Llorente and then Vidal pass up chances to shoot and add to the Bianconeri's lead. As it it is, the Chilean's goal is all that separates the sides and as long as Juve continue to give away free kicks, Diamanti will continue to pose a threat.
Yellow Card Giorgio Chiellini
Another booking as the referee gets a bit card-happy in the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. Chiellini is harshly penalised for a challenge on Diamanti and the referee shows a caution, although it's unclear if it's for Chiellini or the protests of his defensive partner Ogbonna.
Chance for Quagliarella! The Bianconeri forward shows a great touch to bring the ball under control and bear down on goal. He takes too long to make a decision on whether to shoot or pass though and eventually his shot is blocked behind for a corner.
Yellow Card M. Isla
Another booking for the visitors as Isla is booked for handball wide on the right-hand side of Juve's half. Llorente heads the ball behind for a corner from Diamanti's free kick but the visitors are able to repel any danger.
A disappointing evening for Vucinic who just cannot catch a break this season. The Montenegrin is off and in form Fernando Llorente is on in his place.
A well worked free kick from the visitors almost leaves Pogba with a tap in! Quagliarella plays it short to Vidal on the edge of the area and he holds of the attentions of a Bologna defender as he lays it wide to Isla. The wide man sends in a dangerous low cross but Natali is in the right place to hack the ball away before it can reach the Frenchman at the back post.
Big shouts from Kone for a penalty as he tussles for the ball with Vucinic. The Greek ,midfielder is screaming for handball but the referee isn't interested, replays suggesting the official has it spot on.
Diamanti tests the palms of Buffon again, this time with a stinging effort from the edge of the area. It was straight at the Juve goalkeeper and you feel either side of him and Bologna would be level.
Andrea Mantovani joins Peluso in the book as he takes out Arturo Vidal from behind. A needless challenge from the Bologna centre-back.
Yellow Card Andrea Mantovani
Juventus are currently on a run of six games without conceding a goal in Serie A. A seventh would already be enough for them tonight to take all three points, however Bologna have only failed to score once at home all season in eight matches.
We've paused for a few moments as Mirko Vucinic takes a fair whack and needs a few moments of treatment on the pitch. He hobbles of the park to continue his bout of physio on the side but the Montenegrin should be okay to continue.
Bologna are pressing extremely high up the pitch and are forcing Buffon to punch long as opposed to playing the ball to the feet of his defenders. It's working to an extent as Juve aren't winning the long balls, but the ball is then quickly recycled as the hosts fair to take care in possession.
Diamanti! The home side do sustain a bit of pressure and earn a free kick a little closer in. Diamanti reckons it's close enough for a shot on goal and he's not wrong, the former West Ham man testing Buffon and forcing the Italian No.1 to beat the ball behind for a corner.
Yellow Card Federico Peluso
Peluso is in the book after a reckless tackle on Diamanti. It's the first poor tackle of the evening and it has given the hosts a free kick in the oppositions free kick. Can they build up some pressure?
Bologna really cannot afford to concede a second here. They're already being overrun in the wide areas and a better final ball from Conte's men could see them undone all too easily.
Another chance for the Bianconeri! Ogbonna meets Quagliarella's corner with a half-volley. He keeps it under control but can't quite steer it on target. A decent effort from the central defender.
This could get worse before it gets better for the hosts. Quagliarella forces Curci into a fine fingertip stop as he threatens to find the near corner to double Juve's lead.
It was golden opportunity for Marchisio to grab his first goal if the season but he was denied by a fantastic goal-line clearance. It didn't matter too much in the end though as the little Chilean puts Conte's men in front with his sixth Serie A effort of the season.
Assist Federico Peluso
Goal Arturo Vidal
GOOOAAALLL!!! VIDAL FOR JUVE!!! It really should have been 1-0 moments earlier as Marchisio spurned a great opportunity. His blushes are spared though as the Bianconeri recycle the ball and Peluso's cross finds Vidal at the back post who lifts the ball beyond a hapless Curci.
It hasn't been a blistering opening 10 minutes by any stretch of the imagination but Juventus have been prodding and probing here. Bologna are already on the back foot.
Great tackle from Cesare Natali! It looks as if Andrea Barzagli had just sent Mirko Vucinic through one-on-one, but the centre back stops the Montenegrin in his tracks with a well timed sliding challenge.
Fabio Quagliarella has the games first effort on target and it wasn't too far off! The Italian striker is given a little bit of room on the edge of the area and doesn't need an invitation to shoot, sending a dipping effort just wide of Curci's left-hand post.
Both sides resort to a couple of long balls early on as they try to catch each other out at the back. Both Ogbonna and Antonsson are on hand at both ends to snuff out any threat.
The Bianconeri almost create a clear opening inside the opening 100 seconds! Isla is in behind on the right flank and Gianluca Curci has to be alert to tip his cross away to safety with yellow shirts lurking behind him.
Juventus, in their yellow and blue away kit, get us underway in Northern Italy. The first minute brings up a quick couple of free kicks already as Bologna look to get stuck into the visitors.
Referee Paolo Mazzoleni eventually leads the sides out. The fairplay handshakes are done and dusted. We are moments away from kick off!
Still waiting on the teams to emerge in what is a cold night at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. It hasn't been a particularly great home for Pioli's men this year, as they've won only once at home in the league all season.
A few noticable absentees for the visitors as Antonio Conte has to do without the injured Andrea Pirlo. There's also a complete revamp up top for the Bianconeri as Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic come in for Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
JUVENTUS: (3-5-2) Buffon; Barzagli, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio, Peluso; Quagliarella, Vucinic.
BOLOGNA: (3-4-2-1) Curci; Antonsson, Natali, Mantovani; Garics, Krhin, Perez, Morleo; Kone, Diamanti; Bianchi.
We are just under 10 minutes away from kick off so let's get the starting line-ups ahead of the referee's whistle. We'll start with the hosts.
If the league table made tonight's task look difficult for Stefano Pioli's men, then past meetings makes it look nigh on impossible. The Bianconeri have lost only twice in the last 32 meetings between the pair, the Rossoblu's last triumph coming back in 2011. You have to go back to 1998 to find Bologna's last home victory over the Turin side.
I'm Harry Slavin and I'l be here to take you through all of the action from tonight's game in Northern Italy as two sides with contrasting fortunes in the league lock horns for the first time this season. Juventus are sitting pretty at the top of the league and will look to build on their lead as they take on lowly Bologna, who currently sit outside the relegation places on goal difference.
The eyes of the Italian footballing world were transfixed firmly on Brazil today as the group stage draw for the 2014 World Cup took place but the gaze quickly moves back to home soil tonight as Juventus and Bologna kick off an action packed weekend of Serie A football as they meet in the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.
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