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Serie A

  • September 25, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 20000

Catania 1-1 Juventus: Krasic equaliser ensures Old Lady return to the Serie A summit

Despite earning a second successive draw, Antonio Conte's side move back to the top of the table thanks to a second-half goal from the Serbian winger

Juventus moved back to the top of the Serie A table after drawing 1-1 with Catania at the Angelo Massimo on Sunday.

Gonzalo Bergessio gave the home side the initiative midway through the first half, but Milos Krasic was on hand to salvage a point for the Old Lady and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

Juventus started the game with an interesting tactical change, as Antonio Conte opted to switch from his trademark 4-2-4 formation to a 4-1-4-1 system, with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio all featuring from the beginning.

Catania had started the season inconsistently, with a 3-0 reverse at Genoa last Wednesday ending their previously unbeaten start, but the Sicilians seemed desperate to flush the defeat out of their system.

It was fitting, then, that the hosts would open the scoring in the match. Bergessio made it 1-0  on 22 minutes, beating Giorgio Chiellini to Gomez's tantalising low cross to divert the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus began to pile on the pressure, as new recruits Vidal and Eljero Elia grew in stature as the game wore on.

However, it was four minutes into the second half before a Bianconeri equaliser arrived, thanks to Krasic and some lax goalkeeping from Mariano Andujar.

The Serb powered a shot straight at goal from a central position after collecting Vidal's probing pass, but the Argentine stopper failed to get his body behind the strike and only succeeded in pushing the ball into the net.

Straight afterwards, Catania almost scored via the right boot of Bergessio, but, incredibly, the ex-Saint-Etienne hitman failed to find the net, blazing over from less than six yards out, although the chance was later ruled offside.

At the other end, Alessandro Del Piero sent a horribly misguided free header well wide after Krasic advanced to the byline and picked him out with a pinpoint cross.

There were chances galore in stoppage time, but Gomez and Vidal, two of the game's better players, blasted their respective opportunites over the crossbar.


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