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October 25, 2011
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 18000
90' + 4'
A half chance from Gilardino goes out, and the referee blows the whistle for full time! Juventus have finally rediscovered how to win, although Conte will likely be concerned with his side's inability to defend a lead. As for Fiorentina, a bright beginning to the second half shows that the potential is there, but their dire display in the first half may be enough to see a new coach brought in. Thank you for joining us here at Goal.com!
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Cesare Natali
Natali is booked for a challenge on Matri just outside the box, on the left side of the pitch. Fiorentina escape somehow and earn a goalkick, from which Matri is found to be offside after receiving the ball shortly thereafter
90' + 1'
In the first of four injury time minutes, Matri tries to race past Natali but has no support and loses the ball despite a promising play.
Matri nearly scored there! Boruc fumbled his shot at the first attempt but gathered it before anyone could sneak in and score.
Vidal off now for Pazienza, as Conte looks to take some time off the clock.
Paolo De Ceglie
Paolo De Ceglie is ready to come on but will have to wait for the next break in action. His chance comes quickly as the ball rolls out on a Fiorentina attack, and he replaces Pepe.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
Both sides lose the ball in quick succession as the away side seek their second away goal. Pepe leads a Juventus counter, overruns himself a bit, and kicks the ball out for a corner. Kharka comes off for Silva.
Marchisio now with an elbow on Behrami, and he receives a booking for the foul.
Bonucci sends a poor first time ball over the top for Matri, but it rolls out of play. Fiorentina use the opportunity to try and counter but the home side are doing well to maintain possession.
Natali pushes Chiellini inside the Juventus box and concedes a free-kick for the home side.
Mirko Vucinic off now for Estigarribia.
Yellow Card Gianni Munari
Munari is booked for an elbow on Marchisio as the two jumped for a high ball. The latter receives the ball right outside the box soon after and fires in a shot that Boruc gets down to smother.
Juventus have a corner in an increasingly lively match. They decide to play it short and lose possession after Pirlo tries a backheel which is immensely overhit and soars out of bounds.
Vidal makes an absolutely perfect slide tackle on Jovetic on the left, who looked like he was just about to snake his way into the box.
Vucinic is now increasingly active on the left and tries two dangerous balls into Boruc's box, but Behrami and Gamberini manage to clear both.
The second change of the match is being made, with Ljajic coming on for Vargas.
A very long ball is hoofed up to Matri but sails harmlessly into Boruc's hands.
Pirlo takes the free kick quickly, playing in Matri, and somehow Boruc flies across the face of goal to keep out the striker's shot! What a save!
Yellow Card Valon Behrami
The first booking of the night is given to Behrami for a slight nudge, which Gamberini is furious about.
Vidal slides in to rob Jovetic of possession just outside the box, and the tackle is clean and allows Juventus to counter.
Assist Simone Pepe
Goal Alessandro Matri
GOALLLL MATRI! Juve's lead is restored! Pepe does superb work in the buildup to the goal, somehow retaining possession with no less than five Fiornetina players around him. He plays it through to Matri who slams it into the net!
Pirlo tries a very long ball to play in Lichtsteiner, who's bombing in down the right flank, but the pass only makes it to Boruc.
Matri does incredibly well to slip the ball to Vucinic, but his shot is deflected out for a corner. From the corner, Pirlo's delivery makes it to Chiellini who fires a weak shot towards the bottom left corner of the net. Boruc collects it without much trouble.
The home side have been the better of the two since the goal and are trying incessantly to restore their lead. Vidal tries to play the ball across to Pirlo but Fiorentina intercept and attempt to counter before losing the ball themselves.
Juventus have no one to blame but themselves here. Their utterly dominant first half only begot a single goal, and now they find themselves on equal footing, after terrible defending once again- the team's Achilles' Heel this season.
Assist Juan Vargas
Goal Stevan Jovetic
UNBELIEVABLY, A GOAL FROM FIORENTINA! Jovetic expertly snipes the ball into the net after terrible defending from Juventus! He receives the ball outside the box and just finesses it into the right of the net. Juventus have fallen apart in spectacular fashion here!
The roles have been completely reverse thus far in the match- Juve find themselves hard pressed to get the ball as Fiorentina dominate possession. Matri nearly sneaks in on a breakaway but a combination of Natali and Gamberini sees the ball taken away from him at the very last second.
Behrami races back to take the ball off of Vidal's foot.
This half has been all Viola so far, as Gilardino heads just wide from a great cross that reaches him just inside the box. Jovetic is absolutely sparkling at the moment, really coming more and more into the match.
Pepe goes down in the box and Juventus want a penalty- but Pasqual made very little contact and the referee isn't fooled.
Fiorentina continue to improve, as De Silvestre whips in a cross that goes wide over everyone. Still, the attacking intention was sorely lacking from the away side during the first half.
Pirlo takes the ball away from Jovetic, who was running right towards the net- the referee waves play on instead of calling a foul, as he deemed the foul clean. Shortly after, Jovetic himself fouls Pepe.
The away side are doing much better now, keeping possession and attacking. Jovetic plays a wide ball for Vargas who whips in a cross as he runs out of bounds, but Munari fouls Chiellini as he tries to go for the ball.
From the second corner, Natali's header drifts wide of the goal. That's far more attacking power already than the Viola showed in nearly all of the first half!
Foirentina have made a single change over the break, bringing on Gilardino for Cerci. Juventus remain unchanged thus far. The away side come out of the gates much better and immediately win a corner, and Storari does just enough to keep out a flying Jovetic header!
45' + 2'
Barzagli takes a superb run down the right flank and crosses the ball precisely to Matri in the box, but his shot is right at Boruc as well. The referee blows for half-time as a very dominant home side go into the break a goal up. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
As the first half winds down, Fiorentina try a last gasp foray forward. Kharja loses the ball however as the match heads into two minutes of added time, mostly for Marchisio's injury. Vidal finds the onrushing Chiellini well but the latter's cross is far too hard and goes over everyone in the box.
Vidal decides to have a go from outside the box, and his shot is deflected out for a corner kick. Pirlo sends it wide and it makes its way to Bonucci, who keeps it in from going out. Vucinic gets the ball in a great position but fires the ball across the face of goal!
Vargas whips in a great cross after a poor clearance from Storari. The ball is headed towards net but his Chiellini in the face before rolling away for Juventus to clear.
Alberto Gilardino warms up as the referee whistles for a rare foul throw by Juventus, and suddenly Fiorentina have the ball in the other half. It doesn't last long, however, before the home side retain possession.
Try as they might, the away side simply cannot keep the ball for any amount of time. There may need to be drastic half-time changes to prevent this from flowing away from their reach.
Marchisio stays on his feet as Pasqual tangles feet with him in the box- that could easily have been a penalty had the midfielder gone down.
A rare and promising Fiorentina attack ends as De Silvestri takes out Chiellini as the former loses the ball.
The game has become a succession of Juventus crosses and shots at Boruc's goal, with Fiorentina struggling immensely. Yet the home sid eis only a single goal up due mostly to Vucinic's and Pepe's profligacy.
Pasqual intervening now with a dangerous Lichtsteiner ball right near the byline. From the ensuing corner Vucinic gets the ball in a fantastic position but his shot is right at Boruc! What a poor display from the Montenegrin thus far.
Vidal plays a fantastic ball wide to Pepe, who sends his cross in towards Matri, but Gamberini slides to intervene at the last second and put the ball out for a corner.
Jeers ring around the stadium as Pasqual absolutely flounders a cross and fires it high into the stands. Many Fiorentina players were in promising positions in the box, to boot.
Gamberini clears a very off Vucinic pass into the box. That's another of several poor decisions by the Montenegrin tonight.
With acres of space to run into, Juventus launch a counter attack. Vucinic drifts in centrally from the left and fires at goal but Boruc goes down to gather it.
Behrami fouls Pirlo and tries to race through on goal but the referee does not let him get away with that.
Boruc rushes out of the box and clears a ball that Pirlo had dangerously sent forward. The away side's defense was nowhere to be found!
Fiorentina have a free-kick now in Juventus' half, but Natali can only find Pepe when he launches the ball into the box. Jovetic soon after tries to dribble into the area but is blocked by Barzagli.
That's better from the Viola, who win a corner but fail to make anything of it as Natali commits a foul in the box.
Juventus continue to camp out in front of the Fiorentina box and enjoy the majority of possession. The away side need to regain control here or risk losing the plot entirely.
Pepe finds himself one-on-one with Boruc again and once again fails to score! The goalkeeper was equal to the task and parries his shot away one-handedly.
This is some superb passing from Juventus in the midfield, with Lichtsteiner and Vidal right at the heart of it. The latter sends a cross perfectly onto Matri's right foot in the box and he blasts in his first time volley, but it's over the crossbar!
Vucinic tries his luck with a shot from the top right corner of the box, but Boruc collects it right at his midriff.
Kharja nicks the ball away from Juventus in a great position, deep in the home side's half, but his through ball to Vargas is far too strong and rolls out for a throw in. Fiorentina get the ball back and De Silvestri plays in a cross but it fails to trouble the Juventus backline.
Vucinic gets the ball in a wide position and tries to play in Matri but the ball is cut out by the Fiorentina centre-backs. The ensuing corner comes to nothing but the home team win the ball back soon after.
Kharja comes away with the ball after an intensely scrappy midfield scuffle and gets the ball wide left to Vargas. The winger fires in a poor cross which goes out of bounds before it gets to Storari's net.
Marchisio is off the pitch receiving treatment on his left shoulder, which he is holding in visible pain. The game continues without him, with the home side temporarily down to ten men.
Fiorentina look to immediately equalize but Cerci's cross is collected by Storari. Meanwhile Marchisio is holding his shoulder and looks to be in some discomfort.
Assist Arturo Vidal
Goal Leonardo Bonucci
GOAL JUVENTUS! Bonucci pounces on a loose ball to score the first goal of the match! From a corner, Boruc had parried Vidal's shot but barely puts any strength behind clearing the ball, which ends up not a yard from his body. Bonucci gets there first and lashes it into the net!
Vucnic trying to play Pepe through now- through balls are definitely Juve's plan on the night- but Natali cuts it out.
Pirlo plays a beautiful ball through the entire midfield to a wide Matri, but the latter's pass to Vucinic goes astray. The Montenegrin gets the ball soon after and fires a shot from a central position outside the box but blasts it wide of Boruc's goal.
Bonucci plays a sweeping ball to Matri perfectly, and the striker controls it well before sending Pepe through on goal. The winger goes to shoot but miscues entirely and ends up kicking at the air! Awful stuff from Pepe.
As a Fiorentina attack breaks down, Vucinic sends the ball to Vidal from the wing. The new midfielder tries to play in the onrushing Lichtsteiner but his through ball is overhit and rolls out for a Boruc goalkick.
Vucinic is caught offside whilst receiving the ball and reacts with equal amounts of disgust and disbelief.
Boruc parries a ferocious shot from Vucinic out for a corner. Juventus play it short and think they may have a penalty when a player goes down in the box but the referee waves play on.
After a fast start to the match, both sides are having more difficulty getting through the midfield without losing the ball. Juventus eventually do but Pasqual gets to Vucinic's pass ahead of Matri.
Pepe finds himself running clear through the Fiorentina backline but fire his shot right at Boruc! That was a great opportunity for the home side.
Barzagli charges out of his centre-back position and attempts to beget an attack, but Boruc collects a long ball sent for Vucinic. Fiorentina counter quickly and Vargas gets his shot off but it drifts very wide of the goal.
Fiorentina now pushing high up on the pitch, trying to attack via Vargas and Jovetic on the left- but Bonucci and Pepe have no problem clearing the ball as far as they can.
And we have kickoff! In the first real play of the game, Marchisio and Matri attempt to link up but the latter receives the ball in an offside position.
Captains Gamberini and Chiellini exchanging the customary pre-match handshakes. Odd that Juve are not wearing their home hit at home.
The players are walking onto the pitch now. Fiorentina are decked in white, whereas Juventus are wearing their new eye-catching pink jerseys.
Someone in the stands is holding up a cheeky flag: "Amici di nessuno", or "Friends of no one": the epitome of the Juventus mentality.
Despite Juventus' flying start to the season, the side have only won once in the last five matches- the same as Fiorentina. Antonio Conte needs to reinstill that sense of grinta into his side, but Sinisa Mihajlovic knows his job could be in growing danger with a loss tonight. It's third against tenth at the Bianconeri's new stadium tonight!
The benches for both teams: Fiorentina: Neto, Silva, Gilardino, Nastasic, Lazzari, Ljajic, Romulo. Juventus: Manninger, Pazienza, Del Piero, De Ceglie, Elia, Quagliarella, Estigarribia
Fiorentina's starting XI: : Boruc; De Silvestri, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual; Munari, Behrami, Kharja; Cerci, Jovetic, Vargas. Alberto Gilardino makes the bench as he returns from knee injury early.
Juventus starting XI: Storari; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal; Pepe, Matri, Vucinic. Gorgio Chiellini continues to play as a full-back despite his horror show against Genoa at the weekend.
The teams' starting XIs have been announced, with a few high profile players missing. Riccardo Montolivo is banned for one match due to yellow card accumulation, and the Viola will have to do wit Mattia Cassani and Per Koldrup due to injury. As for Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon and Emanuele Giaccherini are out injured as well.
Welcome to Goal.com's match coverage of Juventus-Fiorentina! Both sides will be hunting for three points after twice throwing away leads last weekend. Can the sensational Stevan Jovetic lead his side to a shock away victory?
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