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September 16, 2012
• Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 20000
C. Immobile 18'
E. Giaccherini 61'
M. Vučinić 78'
K. Asamoah 84'
A fantastic second half from Juventus has earned them a 3-1 win, despite looking shaky early in the game. Giaccherini, Vucinic and Asamoah ruled out Immobile's first half strike, and the Bianconeri just keep on winning and winning and winning. I've been Alex Mott, thanks for joining me.
90' + 4'
And that's it. The referee has blown for full time here at Luigi Ferraris, with the scoreline Genoa 1-3 Juventus.
90' + 2'
Juventus are just knocking it around at will now. But they do eventually drive forward with Giovinco. The former Parma man skips past Granqvist in the area, and shoots from a tight angle, but Frey pushes it away from danger.
We'll have three minutes of added time here.
A great point from @Realbossstory: "the hallmark of champions is to be able to win ugly. udinese and Roma were 2 goals up in respective games, both are now drawing.."
Vucinic involved again. Giovinco chips a ball over the top of the Genoa defence for the former Roma man, but his volley from inside the area goes well over the bar.
GOOAAALLL! And Kwadwo Asamoah has scored a third. Vucinic, on the right-hand byline, smashes a ball across the box, where the Ghana international is there at the far-post to tap-in unopposed.
Chance for Juventus, as Giovinco jinks inside the area. The former Parma man goes past Kucka, before laying it back to Vucinic. The Montenegro international shoots at goal, but his effort is poor and is cleared away by Granqvist.
Bonucci and Borriello square up after the centre back shielded the ball out of play for a goal kick. Not quite sure what happened there, but the former Bari man is not a happy bunny.
Penalty GoalMirko Vučinić
GOOAALL! Mirko Vucinic steps up, and passes the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
PENALTY JUVENTUS! Asamoah, on the left-hand side of the area, turned Sampirisi inside out, as the 19-year-old tripped the Ghana international to concede the spot kick.
Some neat play from Genoa there, as Seymour and Sampirisi link up down the right-hand side. The young full-back eventually puts in a cross, but Borriello's header goes well over the bar.
Giaccherini has it now for Juventus. On the left-hand side of the area, the 27-year-old whips a ball into the box, but it's too hard for both Vucinic and Giovinco as it goes out for a goal kick.
Jankovic curls it in as the ball goes through the crowd, only for Buffon to puch clear.
Antonelli has it now for Genoa, who tries to play a pass down the line for Immobile. The youngster goes down after a flailing arm from Barzagli, and the Grifone have a free kick in a dangerous position.
Yellow CardAndrea Barzagli
Up the other end, and Juventus have a corner of their own. Pirlo curls it in from the right-hand side, but it goes over the head of Bonucci, and the chance is wasted.
The corner comes in from the right, but it's too long, and Canini goes chasing after the ball. The centre back chips it back in, but again, that pass is too long, and Juve have a goal kick.
Immobile does well down the right-hand side, and wins a corner off of Chiellini.
Those are the margins at this level of football. From a near miss at one end, 30 seconds later, Genoa were picking the ball out of the back of their own net. It's harsh, but that's why Juve are the defending champions.
Yellow CardMichele Canini
GOOAALLL! And Emanuele Giaccherini has equalised for Juventus! A long ball from Buffon went to Vucinic on the right-hand side of the area. The Montenegro international looked up, pulled the ball back to the Italy international, who struck it first time and into the top right-hand corner of the net. 1-1.
OH NO! Bertolacci has to score those! Immobile, on the left-hand side of the area, squared a pass across the box to the former Lecce man. He's all alone by the far post, but his shot goes straight at Buffon!
CROSSBAR FOR GENOA! A free kick was whipped in from the right-hand side by Jankovic, and it went right to the head of Marco Borriello. From about eight yards out, the former Juve man nodded it at goal, but only as far as the woodwork.
Bertolacci comes forward now for Genoa. He skips past Chiellini on the let-hand side of the area, and then smashes the ball across the box. No one can get on the end of it though, and Juve clear.
Paolo De Ceglie
Kwadwo Asamoah and Mirko Vucinic are on. And about time too.
And almost immediately, Juve counter. Giovinco, on the left, cuts inside, and from just outside the area, strikes at Frey's goal. It's a brilliant save, as the Frenchman tips it on to the right-hand post, before having the presence of mind to stop the rebound from Matri.
OHHH! Sampirisi with THE chance! The free kick was brilliant from Kucka, and it went all the way to the far post and Sampirisi. The 19-year-old headed from six yards out, but it just skimmed the outside of the post.
Ciro Immobile: well done son. That was fantastic. Under pressure from De Ceglie and Chiellini, the youngster held the ball up by the Juventus corner flag on the left-hand side, and ended up winning a free kick.
It's been all Juve at the start of this second half. Giaccherini that time, whipped in a corner from the left, but Canini rose highest and headed away.
Interesting viewpoint from @Patmerola: "juventus are playing for a draw they don't want to put on game changers like asamoah because they want him to be 100% for Chelsea".
Caceres, who's actually been one of the brighter sparks for Juventus this afternoon, gets down the right, and whips in a nice cross. It's slightly too high for Matri though, and the ball runs away for a throw in.
It's been one year, four months and a day since Juve last lost in Serie A, but @Matthew_Ward_92 has summed up their performance so far today, quite nicely: "Juve's performance has been one big joke".
We're back. And it's Juventus who kick us off, going from left-to-right.
@drhidayath reckons this game could impact the Bianconeri's first foray into Europe next week: "if they lose the match against genoa, its going to have a huge psychological impact on their trip to stamford bridge....most likely result being a loss on their first outing in the champions league."
@Paulc1308: " I think with all these crosses by juve, deep into the second half maybe they should try bendtner". You're joking, right?
@djpofka: "I think asamoah and vidal will change the game if they come on". @Amenayere "Where is K. Asamoah!". Are you listening Antonio Conte?
Just to clear up one slight issue. Leonardo Bonucci WAS booked at the end of the half for a trip on Kucka. But WASN'T booked earlier for a supposed handball. Apparently.
Well, what a half of football that was. Genoa have been brilliant, Juve have looked shell-shocked. I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half, but in the meantime, get following and tweeting @alexjmott. I want to hear your thoughts! Is this the end of Juve's unbeaten record? And why didn't the Bianconeri keep Immobile?
And that's it. The referee blows for half time, and the scoreline here at Luigi Ferraris is Genoa 1-0 Juventus.
Jankovic strikes the free kick, and it's saved brilliantly by Buffon down to his left-hand side.
Yellow CardLeonardo Bonucci
Once again, the Juventus backline are made to look vunerable. Kucka nicks the ball off of Marchisio in the centre circle, and goes on a darting run towards goal. The Slovakia international is tripped by Bonucci on the edge of the area, and a free kick is given. And only a yellow card!
For the first time I can remember in this half, Juventus are having a sustained period of pressure. Pirlo that time, played it out to Cacered, who crossed from the right, but the ball was headed away by Canini.
OH MY WORD! Another sitter! But this time up the other end for Juventus! Giaccherini, cutting in from the left, played a marvellous reverse pass to Matri. The former Cagliari man was all alone in the area, but chipped his shot over the bar!
OHHHH! Marco Borriello. What was that? The former Juve man turned Chiellini inside the area, and was clean on goal. All he had to do was keep his composure, but the 30-year-old smashed it straight at Buffon.
This from @drhidayath: "the only person who can make a difference on the pitch for juve is vucinic....where the hell is he??" Champions League my friend. Champions League.
Juve have a corner now on the right-hand side. Pirlo takes it, and with a move taken straight from the training ground, Giovinco runs from the far post to the edge of the area, to strike a shot first time. It goes a mile over though.
This from, by looking at his twitpic, a Juventus fan: "@kmkoko1: Just know that immobile will cause juve a problem. And he just did it! Wish he can come fully come back by january." Any other Bianconeri fans out there thinking the same?
Well played Mario Sampirisi. The 19-year-old full back was on the backfoot as De Ceglie tried to skip round the outside of him. But the former Milan youth player held his ground, and outmuscled the experienced wing back. Good defending.
Oh dear! I think that just about sums up Juventus so far. Buffon had the ball in his arms, and tried to play a quick pass out to Bonucci on the right-hand side. Communication was all over the place though, and the ball went straight out for a Genoa throw-in.
Yellow CardAndrea Pirlo
Jankovic strikes it again, and once more, the shot is blocked by the wall. This time without a hand.
It's hit by Jankovic, but Bonucci blocks the shot with his hand, and the referee gives another free kick. That is enormously harsh from the referee.
Forward come Genoa again. Seymour this time, tries to skip past Bonucci, 30 yards from the Juve goal, but he's bundled over by the defender, with the referee giving a free kick.
And from that clearance, Borriello receives the ball inside the centre circle, and makes a darting run at the defence. He continues forward, before slipping in Jankovic down the right-hand side. The Serbia international takes a touch, and hits it across goal, but his effort goes wide of the post.
How are Juve going to react to going a goal down? Well, they're straight back on the attack. Caceres makes a run down the right, and tries to squeeze in a cross from the byline. His effort though, is a poor one, and Bovo clears the danger.
Yellow CardCiro Immobile
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! And can you believe it? Ciro Immobile has scored for Genoa! A one-two with Bertolacci sees the youngster just inside the area, and the man co-owned by Juventus, scuffs a shot into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 1-0.
"@Realbossstory: you didn't give us the players on the respective benches". That, Mr Bossstory, is because everyone in the squad, and fit, is on the bench. My fingers couldn't take that sort of typing punishment.
Good chance for Juve! A cross from Caceres on the right is played beautifully into Matri inside the six yard box. The former Cagliari man though, can't quite get a decent head on it though, and the ball runs away for Giovinco to unsuccessfully chase.
The straight, long ball has been a useful weapon to Genoa today. Surprisingly. That time, Bovo hits it for Borriello, and the 30-year-old manages to muscle Bonucci out of the way, to bare down on Buffon's goal. But the referee blows for a free kick, having judged the former Bianconeri man of a push.
The first ten minutes of this game have been absolutely superb. As always, I want to hear your thoughts on everything related to this game and Serie A: tweet me @alexjmott.
The corner comes in from the left, but it's cleared by Genoa. And they counter! Immobile, all alone in the Juve half, bares down on goal. The youngster tries to take his time, but Barzagli races back and puts just enough pressure on the 22-year-old for him to curl his shot wide.
It's Juventus who are coming forward now. De Ceglie, down the left-hand side, whips in a good cross, but his ball is flicked behind by Bovo for a corner.
More Genoa pressure. This time, Kucka makes a run down the left and gets a cross in, but the recipient of the pass, Marco Borriello, takes the ball down with the use of his arm and the referee blows for a free kick.
I'll tell you what, Genoa have been excellent so far. That time, Bertolacci won a free kick after a foul from Giaccherini. Up stepped Jankovic who, from about 30 yards, struck a delightful, curling effort at goal, only to see his shot saved by Buffon.
OHHHH! What a chance for Genoa! An long ball from Bovo went over the heads of the entire Juve defence, as Borriello raced clear. The former Bianconeri striker went into the left-hand side of the area, before striking an effort across goal. Buffon couldn't get there, but the ball just skipped past the right-hand post.
And now Juventus go on their first attack of the game. Giaccherini, down the left-hand side, drifts past Sampirisi, before trying to get a cross in. Bovo though, comes across, and blocks the effort.
OHHHH. And already, Ciro Immobile is causing Juventus all sorts of problems. The youngster, co-owned by Juve of course, received the ball on the right-hand touchline, and skipped round Chiellini with his first touch. With a second, he whipped a delicious ball into the area, but no one was there to attack it. Great start.
And we're off. Genoa will kick us off, going from left-to-right.
Here we go then. The players are doing their pre-match handshakes. And the atmosphere here at Luigi Ferraris is electric.
Just under five minutes until kick off here in Genoa. It promises to be a cracker, so don't go anywhere!
Yep. Emanuele Giaccherini is starting in central midfield in place of Arturo Vidal. Martin Caceres has replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alessandro Matri starts up front. Champions League on your mind Antonio?
Genoa (4-3-3): Frey; Sampirisi, Bovo, Canini, Antonelli; Kucka, Seymour, Bertolacci; Jankovic,Borriello, Immobile.
The teams are in, and I think it's safe to say that Juve have gone with a somewhat compromised starting XI. Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Caceres, Giaccherini, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie; Matri, Giovinco.
As always, if you have anything to say regarding today's game, or this weekend's Serie A fixtures in general, tweet me @alexjmott, and I'll do my best to reply to you all.
Juventus are also the side with the most wins (53) and goals scored (189) against Genoa in Serie A. It looks like it could be one-way traffic for Juve this afternoon. But bare this in mind: Genoa have lost just two of their 13 games at Luigi Ferraris.
In their last 15 away games in the league, Antonio Conte's side (well, Massimo Carrera's, but we won't go into that here) have conceded just three goals. And Genoa's overall record against Juve doesn't bare looking at either for fans of the Grifone: in their last eight meetings at Luigi Ferraris, they have beaten the Turin side just once.
For those who don't know, Juventus are on a 41-match unbeaten run, and will look to maintain that here today against Luigi De Canio's side. And the omens do look good for the Bianconeri. They are currently unbeaten in their last six meeting against Genoa, and the Old Lady have lost just once in their last 17 (SEVENTEEN!) games against the Grifone.
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome ot Goal.com's LIVE, play-by-play coverage, of Genoa - Juventus from Communale Luigi Ferraris. I'm Alex Mott, and I'll be your commentator for today's Serie A clash.
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