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April 1, 2012
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 45666
M. Vučinić 53'
A. Vidal 75'
F. Quagliarella 83'
The Bianconeri have closed the gap at the top of the table to two points, and who would bet against Conte's side not closing it even further come the end of the season. I've been Alex Mott, well done for joining me.
90' + 3'
And that's it! The referee has blown for full time, with score here in Turin, Juventus 3-0 Napoli.
90' + 2'
Three minutes of stoppage time have been added here in Turin, as Del Piero comes forward with the ball on the left. He cuts inside onto his right fooy, just outside the area, and goes for an audacious chip. The shot goes just over though.
Napoli are still coming forward though, as Lavezzi wins a corner. He plays it short to Dossena, who in turn plays it back to the Argentine. But the linesman's flag is up for offside. That just about sums up their performance tonight.
Red CardCamilo Zúñiga
And in the midst of all that excitment, Zuniga has been sent off for Napoli. With his back to goal, the wing-back tries to muscle Chiellini off the ball, but in the process swings an elbow. Chiellini goes down holding his face, and the referee has no option but to send him off.
AssistAlessandro Del Piero
GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! JUUVVVEEEE!!! And it's Quagliarella with the strike. Del Piero with his first touch of the ball, plays in the former Napoli man, and he strikes it from the right-hand side of the area in past De Sanctis at his near post.
It really should have been three there! A break from Juve down the right, saw Caceres play the ball inside to Vidal, who's all alone just outside the area. He takes too long on the ball though, and Cannavaro comes across and blocks his shot.
Alessandro Del Piero
Lovro Golac: "Vidal deserves all the praise tonight. A truly amazing performance."
It's Marchisio this time with a shot from long-range. 25 yards from goal he spanks it with his right foot, but it goes just over the bar with De Sanctis scrambling.
AHHHH. And it's nearly three! Quagliarella spots De Sanctis off his line, and strikes it from his own half over the keeper. Unfortunately though, it's just wide.
GOOOOAAAALLLLL JUVE!!!! And what a goal it is from Arturo Vidal!! On the left-hand side of the area, the Chilean turns Campagnaro and strikes it with his left foot into the top left-hand corner. Great goal. 2-0.
Yellow CardClaudio Marchisio
Caceres bombs forward and puts in a delicious cross from the right-hand side. Cannavaro reads it though and clears the danger. It's a great clearance though, as it finds Pandev and he barges forward past the halfway line. With Napoli 3vs2, Pandev picks the wrong option of Lavezzi, and Juve shut down the space for the Argentine and come away with the ball. A missed opportunity for Napoli there for sure.
Borriello has it on the left-hand touchline now, and draws the foul from Cannavaro. A free kick is given. and it's one that Pirlo whips in. It's not his best though, as De Sanctis comes out and collects rather easily.
Yellow CardPaolo Cannavaro
Napoli are really pushing forward now. But Juve's backline are holding firm, as Barzagli reads the shimmy of Lavezzi and comes away with the ball.
The substitute Pandev powers forward with the ball now. 25 yards from goal, he looks to shoot, but Vidal comes from behind, and makes a superb sliding challenege to dispossess him.
Yellow CardWalter Gargano
Juventus counter forward now with Borriello. On the left-hand touchline, he looks up and sees the central run of Vidal. The Italian forward finds the former Bayer Leverkusen man, but his first touch is a poor one and the ball runs into the arms of De Sanctis.
Campagnaro maraudes forward for Napoli down the right, and wins a corner off De Ceglie. The ball is whipped in from the right, but Chiellini gets up and heads it back into touch, for another corner. Lavezzi has another try, but it fails to beat the first man, and De Ceglie comes forward with the ball.
GOOOOAAAA.....Oh no. De Ceglie plays Vucinic in one-on-one with De Sanctis. But just as the Montenegrin slots it past the keeper, the linesman flags for offside.
GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! And it's 1-0 Juventus!! A free kick from the right found Vucinic, and with his second touch, he shoots at goal, only for it to hit Bonucci and fly into the back of the net, wrong footing De Sanctis.
Lovro Golac on Twitter: "Pirlo has misplaced two passes. It must be April Fool's day!"
In other, on pitch-related news. A cross has just been whipped in from left by Juve that was almost turned in by Vucinic. De Sanctis got down well though and made a smart save.
A lot of people are sending me all sorts of Borriello hate in Twitter. Can I just counter this by saying how bloody good looking he is. You could chisel granite on those cheek bones!
Napoli are on the attack now, with Lavezzi and Inler playing a neat one-two on the edge of the Juventus area. Unfortunately for the Partenopei though, the Swiss international's touch isn't as good as it could be, and Chiellini is there to clear away the danger.
We've kicked off here in Turin. Juve get us underway, going from left-to-right.
We're now seeing people with physical injuries because of Borriello's inclusion tonight. Hidayath Ansari: "My heart bleeds seeing Borriello start."
Louis Corio with the Tweet of the Day, so far: "Put me in a wheelchair and blindfold me, I'll still do a better job at CF than Borriello." Amen to that, my friend.
The reverse fixture in Naples was one of the best games of the season. This isn't. I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half, but in the meantime, hit me up @alexjmott on Twitter with all your comments.
45' + 1'
Yellow CardPaolo De Ceglie
And that's it. The referee blows for half time, with scoreline here in Turin, Juventus 0-0 Napoli.
Vucinic comes forward with the ball now on the left flank. He cuts inside, and draws the foul from Zuniga that leads to a free kick for Juventus, 25 yards from goal. Pirlo shoots, but De Sanctis gets down well to his left, and punches away the ball.
Juventus come forward now with Chiellini, He's over the halfway line, plays the ball out wide to Vucinic, but the ball is overhit, and the Montenegrin can't stop it from going out for a throw in.
Napoli win a free kick on the edge of the Juventus area after Vidal slides in late on Hamsik. Lavezzi's over the ball, strikes it. But it sails over the bar.
Yellow CardArturo Vidal
Yellow CardStephan Lichtsteiner
Lavezzi, tracking back, bundles over Vidal 35 yards from goal and concedes a free kick. Pirlo whips it in, but his shot-cross-thing is saved by De Sanctis.
Napoli having a sustained period of possession here. Inler plays in Hamsik on the edge of the area, but the Slovakian's first time strike sails comfortably over the bar.
In case you hadn't guessed, there's not an awful lot going on on the pitch.
Some massive Borriello hate coming from Twitter. Here's just a selection: Ahmed Radwa: "Why Juve brought him is a mystery. Daniel Scavo: "I don't think Borriello can believe he's playing either. Abdul-Sataar: "Big teams shouldn't include players like Borriello."
Lichtsteiner has the ball now for Juve on the right-hand touchline. He plays it inside to Vidal, but the Chilean international is fouled from behind by Inler. Pirlo whips in the subsequent free kick, but the flicked header on by Vidal goes just past the far post. The Old Lady were unlucky there.
A cross from the left by Pirlo looks for the head of Vucinic, but he's no Stephen Merchant, and the ball flies over his head and out all the way for a throw in.
Maggio comes off for Napoli, to be replaced by Dossena. That is a huge blow for Mazzarri's side.
Abdul-Sataar is my sort of bloke: "I can't believe Borriello is playing. Hope he delivers now and returns to Roma."
A corner to Napoli is whipped in from the left now, but it's too long and goes all the way through for a goal kick.
I've had some brilliant comments already, but I'd love a few more @alexjmott. Who do you want to win? Why is Borriello playing? Is Borriello the worst striker in European football?
Pirlo wins a free kick 30 yards from goal, and takes the set piece himself, spanking a shot at De Sanctis' goal. It goes over the bar.
Ahmed Mohammed Radwa on Twitter wades in on the UEFA co-efficent debate: "I want Napoli to win because they seem most likely to be able to get Italy's fourth Champions League spot back." Tell Mr Platini that Ahmed!
After that blistering first 18 minutes, it's getting a bit scrappy now. Two free kicks in quick succession are given, first to Napoli, and then to Juve. Both in and around the centre circle.
Napoli have a free kick now on the right-hand touchline, 35 yards from goal. Lavezzi whips it in, but it doesn't beat the first man, and Juve clear.
Up the other end, Marchisio plays gives it to Borriello's feet just outside the area, but he's adjudged to have lent into Cannavaro and a free kick is given.
OHHH. Nearly a chance for Napoli. With their first attack of the game, Hamsik gets put through, goes around Buffon in the area, but the ball just runs away from him and out for a goal kick. Another player would have gone down there.
Saurabh Banerjee on Twitter: "I'm an AC Milan fan."
Borriello has an another effort at goal, but again he misses the target. A cross from the right by Lichtsteiner finds the Italian 12 yards out, but his header is flicked wide of the far post.
Juventus are really pressing Napoli at the moment. This time, Vidal has the ball on the edge of the area, but he can't quite get the ball out of his feet enough to get away a decent shot. Campagnaro comes across, and dives infront of the shot and Napoli clear.
Saurabh Banerjee on Twitter says: "I hope Napoli win to keep the pressure of Milan." An Inter fan then Saurabh?
The Italian striker is claiming his shirt was pulled, but that is no excuse for not scoring threre. A shocking miss, the sort we've all come to expect from the former Roma man.
Pirlo whips it in from the right, and what a wonderful ball it is. It goes all the way across the six yard box, but Borriello, diving towards the ball, can't get his head towards it, and it goes all the way through for a goal kick.
Vidal comes forward with the ball, and looks to slip in Vucinic. Campagnaro reads it though, and puts the ball out for a corner.
I forgot to mention, Juventus are wearing that awful pink away strip of theirs. No, me neither.
Lavezzi has it in the middle of the park, just past the centre circle. He tricks his way past Vidal, and then sprays it out wide to Maggio. The Italian takes a touch, and whips a ball in, but Barzagli is there to head clear.
And Juventus already have the ball, after Cavani punted it long from kick off. Barzagli receives it off Buffon and he in turn lumps it forward, but it goes astray, and Napoli have a throw in.
This is it then. Napoli get us underway, kicking from left-to-right.
Here we go then. The teams are shaking hands, and kick off is just moments away!
Kick off is in less than 10 minutes here in Turin, and the atmosphere is bubbling up nicely. And remember, @alexjmott is where to go on Twitter to send all your comments/predictions etc, etc.
Napoli (3-4-3): De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Zuniga; Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani.
TEAM NEWS: the teams are in, and Conte has certainly got us scratching our heads here with the inclusion of a certain Douglas Fairbanks impersonator (one for the kids) Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie; Borriello, Vucinic.
And don't forget, @alexjmott is where I live on Twitter if you have any comments/queries/suggestions/predictions.
Walter Mazzarri's side are unbeaten in their last five games against Juventus, and are on a hot streak of nine games without a loss in Serie A. The Bianconeri on the other hand, are still the only European side unbeaten in their domestic league, and will look to continue that amazing record tonight. Incidentally, the reverse fixture earlier on in the season was probably the best game I've seen all season. Here's hoping for more of the same!
It's probably the game of the weekend across the whole of Europe, and you won't miss a thing here at Goal.com. Antonio Conte's side will be looking to pile the pressure on Milan who dropped points yesterday at Catania, whilst Napoli will be hoping for the three points that will take them above Lazio and into that third Champions League spot.
Good evening everyone and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE, play-by-play coverage, of Juventus vs Napoli from the Juventus Stadium. I'm Alex Mott, and I'll be your commentator for today's Serie A match-up.
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