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  • December 19, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 22000
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Chievo 1-1 Juventus: Injury Time Sergio Pellissier Goals Denies Juve After Fabio Quagliarella Stunner

Chievo 1-1 Juventus: Injury Time Sergio Pellissier Goals Denies Juve After Fabio Quagliarella Stunner

Chievo had Sorrentino to thank as he pulled of a number of good saves, keeping them in the game...

Juventus and Chievo played out a dramatic 1-1 draw in Serie A at the Stadio Bentegodi.

Michele Marcolini missed a penalty before a Fabio Quagliarella overhead kick gave Juventus the lead, but Cheivo equalised two minutes into stoppage time thanks to Sergio Pellissier, though Juventus were down to ten men after Manuel Giandonato was sent off early in the second half.

Juve were looking to close on league leaders Milan and went about it the right way from the start. Putting pressure on Chievo early on but not really able to create any clear cut chances.

As you would expect Chievo worked hard and eventually found their feet in the game which caused their opponents some problems. Andrea Mantovani had a good header fly just over, then moments later the Flying Donkeys had an opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot.

Giorgio Chiellini bundled Davide Moscardelli over in the box. It was a very clumsy challenge and Chiellini could have no complaints. Up stepped Marcolini but Marco Storari saved the spot kick, moving in the right direction and taking advantage of the lack of pace on the ball.

Taking this as a wake up call, Juventus moved up a gear and almost went in front when        Sorensen smacked the post, but replays show Stefano Sorrentino got his fingertips to the ball deflecting it onto the post.

But that was a mere warning as from the resulting corner Juventus took the lead thanks to a Quagliarella overhead kick. The ball was bobbling in the penalty area before the striker used some of his well known ingenuity to fire the ball home.

Moments after the second period got underway Juventus found themselves down to ten men as youngster Manuel Giandonato was sent off for pulling down Kevin Constant as the midfielder raced towards goal.

Juve retreated and looked to hold onto the one goal lead but they had a magnificent chance to go two goal ahead when Vincenzo Iaquinta raced onto a Milos Krasic pass but his shot was magnificently saved by Sorrentino.

Despite constant pressure, the away side had the best chances as Krasic ran half the length of the park took on the Chievo defence, then went round substitute goalkeeper Lorenzo Squizzi but could only divert his shot onto the crossbar.

Moscardelli had a chance late on but as was the case throughout the game his finishing was terrible. Pellissier then had a chance but he put his shot straight into the hands of Storari.

But he made up for it in injury time as Pellissier scored to give Chievo a point.

Juventus are now unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions but go into the winter break in third position, while Chievo move up to tenth.

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