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January 26, 2013
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: M. Guida
• Attendance: 38000
F. Quagliarella 54'
M. Borriello 68'
Juventus return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Rome to take on Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, with the tie poised at 1-1. Genoa will look to build on tonight's performance when they face Lazio in Serie A next Sunday. Thanks for joining me on what has been a thrilling draw at the Juventus Stadium. The Ballardini regime is up and running for Genoa. Until next time, goodbye.
Juventus will hope that Parma can do them a favour when they host Napoli tomorrow afternoon. Walter Mazzarri's side can close the gap at the top of Serie A to just three points with victory.
That result will taste all the more bitter for Juventus as it was Marco Boriello who cancelled out Quagliarella's 54th-minute strike. It was a spirited performance from the Grifone who will take great heart and morale from that display.
FULL TIME: JUVENTUS 1 - 1 GENOA. What a start to the Ballardini regime but the Juventus players are furious at the final whistle! Antonio Conte is also on the field to voice his opinion and he can certainly feel aggrieved as the Bianconeri had two controversial penalty appeals turned down. Two points dropped in the Scudetto race!
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Yellow CardStephan Lichtsteiner
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GREAT SAVE FROM FREY! How crucial could that save prove to be! Right at the death Giaccherini tests the Genoa shotstopper with a vicious strike from the edge of the box. Seconds remaining...
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Juventus are furious when they they feel that the ball strikes the arm of Granqvist. It certainly did seem to make contact with the Swede's arm. Vucinic berates the official and is cautioned for his protests.
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Yellow CardMirko Vučinić
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Finally they do! Vidal tosses the ball into the area but Bonucci's header is well saved by Frey. The clock is ticking for Juventus.
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Juventus pile men into the Genoa penalty box but a black and white shirt cannot get on the end of one of these crosses.
All eleven Genoa players camped within their own half at the moment. What a point this would be for Ballardini's first game back in charge!
Giaccherini produces some stepovers to surge past Pisano but his low cross from the left is excellently cleared by Moretti. Two minutes until stoppage time.
Giovinco tries to bulldoze his way past the Genoa defence but he is thwarted by a strong challenge from Granqvist. Desperate defending from the away side now.
Stefano Beltrame almost becomes an instant hero but his vicious drive is well punched away by Frey. The pressure is building on the Genoa goal.
Final roll of the dice for Antonio Conte as he throwns in 19-year-old attacker Stefano Beltrame for Claudio Marchisio. Can Juventus find a late winner?
JUVENTUS HIT THE POST!! Giovinco nearly gets his birthday goal when his curling freekick rattles the woodwork. So unlucky!
Vucinic is screaming for a penalty when he just cannot make contact with Giaccherini's inviting cross. It certainly seems that Antonelli was holding onto his shirt.
Juraj Kucka looks to steal the headlines with a piledriver from distance but the ball flashes wide of Buffon's goal. Time running out for Juventus.
Sebastian Giovinco finds space 25 yards out from goal but his swerving strike flies over Frey's crossbar.
Less than fifteen minutes remaining here. Can Genoa hold on? The home crowd are certainly beginning to get anxious.
Yellow CardLuca Antonelli
Antonelli is the next Genoa player to be cautioned for a foul on Giovinco. That booking means that he will also be suspended for the game against Lazio.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN 2-1! Lichtsteiner stings the fingertips of Frey with a vicious low left-footed strike but Vucinic is sleeping and does not anticipate the rebound. That sums up his performance this evening.
Paolo De Ceglie
Juventus want a penalty when Vucinic's goalbound header strikes the frame of Pisano. Quite desperate appeals if you ask me.
Antonio Conte makes an immediate switch, replacing the goalscorer with birthday boy Sebastian Giovinco. Can he prove the difference?
GENOA EQUALISE!! And it's that man Marco Boriello! The former-Juventus man bundles ahead of Barzagli to head in Juraj Kucka's wonderful cross from close range. Game on! Can Juventus respond?
It seems like a change of system from Ballardini as midfielder Marco Rossi comes on for defender Thomas Manfredini. Will his tactical gamble pay off?
Luca Antonelli surges to the left byline for Genoa but cannot pick out a red and blue shirt with his cross. Signs of attacking endeavour from Ballardini's side.
Yellow CardMarco Borriello
Mirko Vucinic lines up a shot from distance but watches his effort fly comfortably into the gloves of Frey.
Pisano looks to send Boriello away but his sloppy through ball is easily intercepted by Caceres. That was a promising opportunity for the away side.
Lichtsteiner looks to get away down the right-hand side but his run is tracked expertly by Antonelli. The Swiss wing-back has seen plenty more of the ball in this second period.
Boos ring out around the stadium as Marco Boriello comes on to replace Ciro Immobile. I think it's fair to say that he didn't have the best of relationships with the Juventus fans. Andrea Bertolacci also comes on, replacing Ruben Olivera. The Uruguayan was beginning to look a little leggy out there.
Andreas Granqvist slips on the edge of the penalty area and Vucinic nearly steals in on goal, only for the Swedish defender to recover excellently. Juventus are looking to kill off this game with a second goal.
Suddenly there is a little more space for Juventus as the visitors begin to commit more men forward.
GOOOALLL JUVE! Genoa's resistance has finally been breached! Vucinic splits the defence with a cleverly-disguised pass, allowing Lichtsteiner to square the ball for Quagliarella who sweeps the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Granqvist. Is there any way back for the Grifone? Juventus lead 1-0!
Juventus are beginning to up the tempo now and Lichtsteiner receives the ball in space on the right but his dangerous low cross is cleared by Manfredini.
CACERES GOES CLOSE! Marchiso delivers a teasing cross from the left which is flicked on by Caceres forcing Frey into a smart reflex save.
Matuzalem is the next player in the referee's notebook for a high challenge on De Ceglie.
Vidal lofts the ball into the heart of the Genoa box for Quagliarella but Granqvist rises highest to head the ball clear. Can Juventus break down this resilient defence?
Slightly lacklustre start to the second half with little urgency being shown by the home side who are content to keep hold of possession and wait until the gaps appear in the opposition defence.
Juventus get the second half underway. No sign of any substitutions at the break. Big 45 minutes for the home side.
Davide Ballardini will be delighted by the effort of his players who are only 45 minutes away from securing an unlikely away point. What did you make of that first half? Let me know your thoughts via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
HALF TIME: JUVENTUS 0 - 0 GENOA. A spirited and well-organised Genoa outfit have succeeded in frustrating Juventus' attack. The Bianconeri are lacking that cutting edge in the final third and have yet to seriously test Sebastien Frey. Big half-time team-talk ahead for Antonio Conte.
Juventus spread the ball out to the right and Lichtsteiner delivers a fantastic cross into the box and Frey is fortunate to watch Quagliarella's hooked volley bobble just wide of his far post. Best move of the match.
Neither side can find a way through at the moment. Juventus are really lacking the creative spark that Pirlo offers.
It's all a bit scrappy out there with Genoa defending excellently against this Juventus outfit. Vucinic cuts a frustrating figure on the pitch, it just has not worked out for the Montenegrin so far.
Marchisio whips in a teasing cross from the right which Bonucci meets with a thumping header that sneaks just past Frey's right-hand post.
From Marchisio's corner, Antonelli launches a counterattack for Genoa, slipping the ball through for Floro Flores but the former-Udinese striker dallies on the ball and is dispossessed by a crucial tackle from the bright yellow boots of Barzagli. Great chance for Genoa there!
Juventus need to get their wide players Lichtsteiner and De Ceglie more involved. Their forward play has been rather one-dimensional so far with the Bianconeri looking to play balls through the centre of the Genoa defence.
Ciro Immobile looks to catch out Buffon with a fizzing drive from distance but the Juventus goalkeeper watches the ball swerve wide of his left-hand post.
Luca Antonelli is the next man to frustrate Juventus as he puts out a crucial leg to prevent Lichtsteiner from reaching Vucinic's chipped pass. Can they keep this defensive resolve up?
Claudio Marchisio looks to pick out Vucinic at the back post with a searching cross but the Montenegrin cannot get on the end of it. That has been very typical of this Juventus display so far; the Bianconeri are lacking that cutting edge in the final third.
Juventus are seeing plenty of possession but Sebastien Frey has yet to be tested in the Genoa goal. Ballardini spot on with his tactics so far.
Arturo Vidal steps up to take the resulting freekick but his curling effort goes just over the bar.
Yellow CardAndreas Granqvist
Andreas Granqvist picks up the first booking of the match for a lunge on Claudio Marchisio. That means that the Swede will be suspended for the next game against Lazio.
Ciro Immobile looks to latch onto a long ball but Barzagli reacts well to steal the ball away from the striker. The former Juventus player has looked lively.
Paul Pogba feints to shoot on the edge of the box before clipping a wonderful pass into the path of Marchisio but the Italian international watches his shot drift wide of the target. Good move from the champions.
Juraj Kucka capitalises on a woeful pass from Caceres but the Slovakian midfielder snatches at his shot and watches the ball slice wide of Buffon's goal.
Marchisio and Vucinic exchange neat passes on the edge of the box but the Montenegrin cannot pick out his strike partner with a neat flick. Juventus are beginning to assert their authority on this game now.
Cries of shoot from the Juventus fans every time Pogba picks up the ball within shooting distance. The French midfielder is beginning to see a lot of the ball here.
Leonardo Bonucci plays a wonderful ball over the Genoa defence for Vidal but the Chilean cannot take the ball down quick enough and Andreas Granqvist reacts well to nod the ball behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Marchisio picks out Caceres but the Uruguayan's shot flashes narrowly over the crossbar.
GENOA GO CLOSE! A corner from the left somehow finds its way to Eros Pisano in the six-yard box but the defender does not have long to sort out his feet and watches his snapshot rise over the crossbar.
Genoa have shown glimpses of attacking danger and Andrea Barzagli does well to turn Juraj Kucka's shot behind for a corner. Davide Ballardini will be delighted with what his side have shown so far.
Loan signing Ruben Olivera dispossesses Paul Pogba excellently and launches a 3-on-3 counterattack but his pass to Immobile is wastefully overhit for a goalkick. That was a promising opportunity for the Grifone.
Fabio Quagliarella sets up Arturo Vidal on the edge of the box but the Chilean's goalbound strike is excellently blocked by new Genoa signing Thomas Manfredini.
Incidentally, Genoa have not won at Juventus since 1991. Can they end their 22-year-wait this evening?
Juventus are seeing plenty of the ball but this Genoa defence looks very well-disciplined and organised early on. Claudio Marchisio looks to clip a clever reverse pass into the path of Lichtsteiner but the ball is just too far ahead of the Swiss wing-back and the attack breaks down.
Antonio Floro Flores succeeds in picking out his strike partner Ciro Immobile with a floated cross but the striker's header is comfortably saved by Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus are slowly starting to find their rhythm here and they threaten when Stephan Lichtsteiner splits the Genoa defence but Mirko Vucinic started his run a little early and is adjudged offside.
Bright start from the visitors and Martin Caceres needs to be alert early on to clear Luca Antonelli's dangerous cross.
A thunderous atmosphere as ever at the Juventus Stadium and Genoa are set to get this Serie A match underway.
The last time these two sides met back in September, Juventus came from a goal behind to win 3-1 with goals from Emanuele Giaccherini, Mirko Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah. Can they secure back-to-back league victories this evening?
Genoa have thrown away a league-high of 17 points from winning positions this season.
The Old Lady have only ever lost once to their opponents, back in 2009, when the Grifone won 3-2 and finished fifth in Serie A that year.
GENOA (4-4-2): Frey; Antonelli, Granqvist, Manfredini, Pisano; Moretti, Matuzalem, Kucka, Olivera; Floro Flores, Immobile.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio, De Ceglie, Vucinic, Quagliarella.
Here are tonight's lineups starting with Juventus...
Genoa have been busy themselves in the transfer market and their five January signings, Thomas Manfredini, Eros Pisano, Francesco Matuzalem, Ruben Olivera and Antonio Floro Flores are all handed starts this evening.
It seems that Nicolas Anelka could be set to sign for Juventus on a short-term deal in a bid to boost Conte's attacking options until the end of the season. The Bianconeri also announced the signing of Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao earlier this week and the Spanish international striker is set to join when his contract expires in the summer. What do you make of Juventus' signings?
Having seen Lazio's 16-match unbeaten run ended at the Stadio Olimpico earlier today by Chievo, Antonio Conte will urge his side to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to eight points and put pressure on Napoli who travel to Parma tomorrow.
New Genoa coach Davide Ballardini could probably not have an envisaged a more tricky first game in charge as his side travel to Turin to face Italian champions and current leaders Juventus this evening. The Grifoni are languishing in the relegation zone of Serie A, three points from safety and they need to start picking up points fast if they are to avoid a return to the second tier of Italian football. Can they frustrate Antonio Conte's side tonight? Bringing you all the action from the Juventus Stadium, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to tweet me your thoughts and predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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