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May 9, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
Referee: A. Gervasoni
• Attendance: 22000
Stick with us for the full match report, ratings and reactions, of which there are bound to be plenty. Chievo's point mean they are mathematically safe for another year while Juve's Champions League hopes are hanging by the flimsiest of threads.
90' + 3'
Chievo break here and then decide to run down the clock. And they've done it!!! What a result for Chievo!! 2-2 from 2-0 down, and it all happened in a 70-second period at the three-quarter mark.
90' + 1'
Did the board say 3 minutes then or 30? Three? Aw, I want more!!!
Del Piero now stood over a free-kick 25 yards from goal for Juve. His effooooort... OOOHH isn't far over.
Though Juve are having most of the territory, the very fact that it's Pellissier who's playing as the lone striker for Chievo means there's always the chance this could end 2-3 rather than 3-2!
Toni's effort was a far post header from Motta's cross, by the way. My word, this is good stuff!
TONIIIIII!!! NO!! That's another one off the post. WHAT A GAME.... I MEAN, WHAT A GAME!!!
NOOOOOOO!! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!! HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN??!!! Chiellini takes the flick on all of half a yard from goal but somehow misses with his chested effort. And then on the break Buffon is stranded after coming out to clear. He's beaten by Pellissier, but the attempted shot from Bogliacino trickles along the ground and is easily cleared with the keeper still scrambling back.
Toni on for Krasic... Juve really going for it now.
Another cross... this time from the left by Pepe. It's punched away low by Sorrentino. Chievo holding on to a miraculous comeback scoreline here.
Brilliant hold-up play by Pellissier, but his pass is just ahead of the marauding Fernandes as Chievo look for a cheeky third.
Another cross in from the right, but it's turned away by Sardo. Chievo with 10 men back.
Chievo standing strong as Juve resort to swinging in crosses, but that's where the away defence is strongest.
Yellow Card Milos Krasic
Krasic goes forward for a shellshocked Juve and… dives… get up mate! Yellow card for the Serb.
Assist Sergio Pellissier
Goal Gennaro Sardo
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! 2-2!! WHAT’S GOING ON HERE!!! Two goals in 70 seconds for Chievo. Rigoni sends Pellissier in, his shot hits the other post from the one seconds ago, and this time Sardo calmly slots home from the edge of the area. MADNESS!!! WE’RE ALL SQUARE!!
Goal F. Uribe
CHIEVO BACK IN IT!!!! 2-1!! Mantovani’s free-kick is touch on in the crowd and comes off the far post with Buffon diving across. Both Rigoni and Uribe scramble towards it and it’s Rigoni who gets the touch.
GOOOOL! NO!! Grosso flashes home, but the flag is up. Both he and Del Piero were beyond the last defender.
Chievo make another change. On comes Fernando Uribe for the largely ineffective Kevin Constant.
That once apparently forlorn hope of Champions League football now looks like a decent chance for the Bianconeri!
Juve are the vastly superior side now. Surely it's only a case of how many they will win by.
You have to say that second goal was a long time in coming, and OHHHHHH!!! Krasic heads wide when unmarked almost immediately after seeing a cross from the byeline scrape the bar.
Assist Alessandro Del Piero
Goal Alessandro Matri
GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!! MATRI DOES IT!!! Perhaps he saw Toni preparing to come on! Del Piero's excellent reverse ball is collected by the target man, who knocks it away from Andreolli and fires low beyond Sorrentino at the near post. 2-0 to the Bianconeri.
Luca Toni looks set to be introduced for the Bianconeri. Will he come on for Matri, or alongside him?
Yellow Card Alberto Aquilani
OOOOOF!!! Aquilani slides right through Fernandes with both feet and a yellow card is inevitable.
Great chance for Juve. Motta crosses from the right, Krasic heads down, but Matri can't quite get a shot away with his back half-turned to goal.
It's all a bit manic in the Juve box at the start of the half, but Chiellini eventually volleys clear. Chievo are up with the pace a bit more after the interval.
Hello again. Andrea Gervasoni blows his whistle and we're back in action. No changes at the break.
45' + 4'
Andreolli rises highest from the flag-kick but heads wide. Referee Gervasoni sees that as a good point to call it a day for now. I'll see you all back here in 15.
45' + 3'
Pepe shows great anticipation to hack away Rigoni's cross, but Chievo win a corner in the dying seconds of the half.
45' + 1'
The fourth official indicates there will be three minutes added time.
Hasan Askan has a word on the Marchisio booking on twitter (@krisvoakes): "Marchisio takes one for the team (for Motta), proves once again he isnt Juve material!"
Pepe ends up in the back of the net but is unable to take the ball with him as he rises at the far post but is just beaten to it in the air. Nearly 2-0 there though.
The Chievo free-kick hits the wall and Juve can break on the 10 men, though Chiellini first gives the ball away, then mauls Constant. Free-kick Chievo and on comes Bogliacino for Thereau.
Thereau is clutching his wrist. It seems that was some hefty fall he took there. And the Chievo trainer is making the international substitution signal by twirling his hands. The No.77's night is over.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
Ridiclous by Marchisio. He gets nowhere near Thereau so pulls his opponent back and earns a stick-on yellow card.
Fabio Grosso finds something to smile about as another Chievo through-ball goes long. They're the Desperate Donkeys right now.
Remember, a win tonight takes Juve to within just three points of the Champions League spots, though they'll still be seventh... the exact place they finished last season.
Sardo gets a kick from Grosso, and Pellissier's free-kick is curled into the side-netting.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the Chievo front six aren't playing to be fair. They've been overrun so far.
Yellow Card Luca Rigoni
A dumb challenge there by Luca Rigoni. After winning the ball from Marchisio he wraps his feet around Krasic. No need. Yellow card.
OOOOOOOOH!!! So nearly a goal for Chievo. Jokic collected a pass somewhat clumsily but then took it well on his right foot, fizzing a shot in which Buffon just about got a finger onto to give Chievo a corner.
Aquilani should have hit the target there. Motta cut back well from the right, but the Liverpool loanee hit his shot into the ground and over the bar. Missed opportunity for the Old Lady.
Marchisio and Jokic are getting acquainted. The Chievo man got a push in the chest for his cheek after pulling the appealing Marchisio's arm back down by his side!
Chiellini ends up doing what looks like a funky chicken dance when trying to appeal for a throw-in off Sardo. The Chievo full-back stays down though and his side will have the restart once he's on his feet again.
Constant is in space down the right, but when he tries to cut in onto his favoured left his effort is blocked by the retreating Juve defence.
Aquilani tries a left-foot shot but it's deflected and Sorrentino has to push the effort over the bar. Chievo struggling to contain the Old Lady right now.
How will the Flying Donkeys react to that? It seemed a pretty soft penalty for the referee to award. They can't let their heads drop though.
Assist Simone Pepe
Penalty Goal Alessandro Del Piero
PENALTY JUVE!!!! As Pepe looks to deliver an overhead kick, he seems to get a tug from Sardo, while Andreolli is also holding Matri. It's Andreolli who's penalised. And Alessandro Del Piero.......SCORES from the spot!! 1-0 JUVENTUS
Yellow Card Marco Andreolli
Momentary panic for Chievo as Andreolli can only flick on a cross towards Pepe, but the former Udinese man can't deliver quick enough. There are going to be chances in this game, that's for sure.
Grosso just about gets goal side of Constant as the ball comes over from Chievo's left and Juve hang on. Pepe gets a kick, meaning the home side can rebuild with a free-kick.
Constant breaks away for Chievo, but Aquilani cuts him off well. From the throw-in the visitors build, but though they keep the ball for a decent spell Andreolli's ball forward goes long for a goal kick.
Aquilani goes on an early break and then chips the ball in for Del Piero but he can't find Grosso. When the skipper then finds the full-back, his cross is headed away by Cesar.
We have our first injury break already. Simone Pepe and Gennaro Sardo went for a bouncing ball and the Juve man ended up clutching his back.
For predictions/thoughts, tweet @krisvoakes and we'll try to fit a few of your thoughts in as the match progresses.
Off we go. Juve are defending the Curva Sud where their hard core are congregated behind the goal.
The home side are in their away strip (I hate when teams do that!) of all white, while Chievo - the actual away side - are also in change colours. They are wearing royal blue kits.
The state of play for these sides is that Juve start the night six points behind the prized fourth place which holds the last key to Champions League football while the Flying Donkeys are comfortably in mid-table, currently sitting 13th.
Juventus Subs: Storari, Sorensen, Traore, Bonucci, Salihamidzic, Giandonato, Toni. Chievo Subs: Squizzi, N.Frey, Mandelli, Guana, Marcolini, Uribe, Granoche.
Chievo (4-3-1-2): Sorrentino; Sardo, Cesar, Andreolli, Mantovani; Gelson Fernandes, Rigoni, Jokic; Constant; Pellissier, Thereau.
The teams are in... Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Motta, Barzagli, Chiellini, Grosso; Krasic, Marchisio, Aquilani, Pepe; Matri, Del Piero.
Ciao tutti! It's another extended weekend in Serie A, with Juventus again closing us off by welcoming Chievo to the Olimpico. This is the Bianconeri's penultimate home game at their home of the last five years before they move to the newly refurbished Delle Alpi for next term. Stick with us here on Goal.com for all of the action as we deliver play-by-play coverage. Team news coming shortly.
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