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December 19, 2010
• Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 22000
S. Pellissier 90'+
F. Quagliarella 31'
Juventus remain unbeaten but this will feel like a defeat. They were ever so close to an impressive win due to being a man down for the majority of the second-half but Chievo's persistence has paid off and they grab a deserved point. Juve had chances to kill the game off but were unable to do so. Great day for Milan as they keep a healthy lead at the top. Fantastic game. Stay tuned on Goal for reaction.
90' + 4'
AND THAT IS THAT! WHAT A MATCH!
90' + 3'
Chievo's persistence has paid off!
90' + 3'
GOOAAALLLLLL!!!!!! CHIEVOOOOO!!! PELLISSIER!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? THEY HAVE STUNNED JUVENTUS RIGHT AT THE DEATH. HE TUCKS THE BALL PAST STORARI IN THE BOX AS JUVE WERE CAUGHT NAPPING.
90' + 2'
Assist P. Granoche
90' + 2'
Goal Sergio Pellissier
90' + 2'
Juventus fans making all the noise! They are nearly there.
90' + 1'
4 minutes added time.
Krasic comes off to rapturous applause from the Juve fans.
It's all Chievo! Can Juve hold on?
PELLISSIER!!! OHH WHAT SAVE STORARI! HAD IT BEEN TO EITHER SIDE SURELY HE WOULD HAVE SCORED. HIS VOLLEY FROM THE BOX WAS TOO CENTRAL.
MOSCARDELLI! WHAT A CHANCE TO EQUALISE AS HE ELUDES CHIELLINI TO FIND SOME SPACE IN THE SIX YARD BOX BUT HIS VOLLEYED EFFORT IS TAME.
Juventus still can't kill Chievo off. This is on a knife edge as we approach full-time.
Yellow Card Andrea Mantovani
OHHHHH KRASIC! ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE FOOTBALLER THIS MAN! HE VERY NEARLY SCORED ONE OF THE FINEST GOALS YOU WILL EVER SEE AS HE SPRINTED THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PITCH, WEAVED HIS WAY PAST A NUMBER OF DEFENDERS, WENT ROUND THE KEEPER BUT HIS EFFORT RATTLES THE TOP OF THE BAR. NO DOUBT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOAL OF THE SEASON! WHAT A GENIUS, SO UNLUCKY!
Mantovani kicks nothing but air as he completely misses the volley despite being totally unmarked on the edge of the box.
Juve with a spell of possession. They need to numb Chievo's attacking intent.
Chiellini a warrior at the back to throw his body in the way of Pellissier's ferocious volley that looked goal-bound.
That is in fact Sorrentino's last piece of action as he is taken off due to injury it seems.
IAQUINTA!!!! OHHH WHAT A SAVE SORRENTINO! KRASIC ON HIS OWN CARVES OPEN THE CHANCE FROM THE RIGHT AND PLAYS IN THE FRONT MAN WHO IS ONE ON ONE IN THE BOX BUT THE KEEPER COMES OUT ON TOP. HOW JUVENTUS WOULD HAVE REVELLED IN A GOAL TO EASE THEIR NERVES!
Krasic does brilliantly to weave his way past three men in yellow but his end product disappoints. Nevertheless brilliant solo play in the build-up.
Pellissier with a flicked header at the near post and is unlucky not to get the ball on target via the corner.
Granoche goes down in the box rather easily and his penalty claims are dismissed.
Yellow Card Gelson Fernandes
Juventus are reverting a long ball tactic up to Iaquinta but he is very isolated.
Goalscorer Quaglierella has had to be taken off as Juve look to weather this storm.
The numerical advantage is swinging in Chievo's favour as they are dominating possession following the red card.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
Giandonato had in fact pulled back Constant as he looked to break and the referee deemed him as the last man.
Juve are losing their discipline as they commit more and more fouls. This could play into Chievo's hands.
Red Card Manuel Giandonato
Giandonato has been sent off after an altercation in the final third as Chievo looked to counter. This is a blow for the away team.
JUVENTUS ARE DOWN TO TEN MEN!
Yellow Card Bostjan Cesar
QUAGLIERELLA!!!! Brilliant effort! His looping header from the edge of the eighteen yard box nearly dips over Sorrentino but produces a fine save!
Krasic has been wiped out by Cesar on the touchline as the Serb looked to accelerate down the wing.
Iaquinta does well to elude the Chievo defence but his first touch lets him down and the chances goes begging.
And we are under-way for the second-half.
A piece of incredible genius from Quagliarella is what separates the two teams at the break. Chievo had looked rather bright themselves early on but Marcolini's penalty miss on 15 minutes has certainly demoralised their play. Credit to Juventus they have dug in and go in at the break with a goal. Join us when the game resumes! More to come from this one.
45' + 4'
Yellow Card Davide Mandelli
45' + 3'
45' + 2'
The groundsmen have their work cut out at half-time. The pitch has been ripped to shreds in this first-half.
3 minutes additional time.
Pepe with a fantastic corner that drops just in front of the six yard box but no one is there to try their luck.
Chievo struggling to create anything in the final third. The goal has certainly rocked them.
By his high standards, Krasic has been rather quiet this afternoon. Credit to Chievo for restricting his play.
The Old Lady are looking fairly comfortable as half-time approaches.
Lovely worked corner by Chievo but Storari easily gathers the headed effort on goal.
Sorrentino with a terrific save from Pepe at his near post as he looked to smash the ball in following Aquilani's delivery. Could have been 0-2.
Chievo look rattled and are conceding silly fouls.
Goal Fabio Quagliarella
Assist Vincenzo Iaquinta
OHHHH WHAT A GOAAAALLLLL!!!!!! QUAGLIARELLA, JUVE'S TOP SCORER GETS ANOTHER WITH A PIECE OF GENIUS, AN OVER-HEAD KICK FROM IAQUINTA'S FLICK ON AND HIS EFFORT GOES IN OFF THE POST. STUNNING GOAL! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! JUVE LEAD!
OHHH YOUNGSTER SORENSEN HITS THE POST!!! SORRENTINO ACTUALLY GOT FINGERTIPS TO THE BALL WHICH DIVERTED IT ONTO THE WOODWORK. WHAT A SAVE. BUT JUVE HAD OPENED UP SPACE IN THE PENALTY AREA! THE DANES TOE POKE NEARLY BRINGS US THE FIRST GOAL!
Delicious ball in by Krasic but no one in black and white registered as the ball eludes everybody.
Juventus are up against a stubborn Chievo defence and finding it difficult to carve out any real meaningful chances.
Not many chances on goal thus far.
Pepe does brilliantly to weave his way down the left and plays in a stunning ball but Krasic is unable to connect due to some top defending by the men in yellow.
You wonder if this will demoralise the home team. Had the penalty been scored it would have really set the tone to their play as they would have looked to build on a lead.
Penalty save Marco Storari
Missed Penalty Michele Marcolini
The away support is absolutely fantastic. You would think it's Juventus who are playing at home. Storari's penalty save was greeted as if it was a goal by the Turin club.
Yellow Card Giorgio Chiellini
STORARI SAVES!!!!!! MARCOLINI SEE'S HIS PENALTY SAVED BY STORARI TO HIS BOTTOM LEFT. GREAT SAVE BY THE STOPPER.
Chiellini try's to hack away the ball in the box but he seems to have taken out Moscardelli. The referee thought about and has given it.
PENALTY TO CHIEVO!
Lovely one-two between Moscardelli and Pellissier see's them win a free-kick as they bamboozled the Juve defence. However Moscardelli see's his effort fly over the bar to a chorus of boos. Was a poor effort it has to be said as he was in a terrific area to trouble Storari.
The game is becoming stretched as both look to counter on one another. Terrific tempo to proceedings.
Mantovani's chance has given the home team a lift.
MANTOVANI!!! Early chance for Chievo as he outjumps Sorensen at the far post but his headed effort just drifts over. Terrific effort.
It's Juventus who are beginning to take over in midfield and Pepe from the distance try's his luck but see's his effort drift well wide. The space had opened up for him to have a go.
Relatively even start as both teams try to figure each other out.
Krasic already looking threatening as he jinks his way down the right but his cross is headed away. He was roundly booed by the home support whilst in possession.
Despite the number of empty seats there is a terrific atmosphere.
And we are under-way here in Italy!
Chievo look as if they are going to try and antagonise the Juve back line with a two man attack. Likewise with the visitors. We should have a game on our hands!
Referee this afternoon is Mr Mario Bergonzi.
Juventus: Storari, Grosso, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sorensen, Giandonato, Aquilani, Pepe, Krasic, Iaquinta, Quagliarella.
Chievo: Sorrentino, Cesar, Mantovani, Frey, Andreolli, Guana, Marcolini, Fernandes, Constant, Pellissier, Moscardelli.
Teams are in!
Ciao and welcome to this Serie A encounter between Chievo and Juventus. The Old Lady have a huge opportunity to close the gap on leaders Milan to just three points after The Rossoneri were humbled by Roma yesterday. As for The Flying Donkeys a win may take them into the top half of the table but have suffered back to back defeats in recent weeks against Lecce and Bologna. I’m Ross Mackiewicz and I’ll be delivering commentary this afternoon.
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