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November 20, 2011
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 26000
S. Pepe 20'
A. Matri 48'
C. Marchisio 65'
90' + 2'
Miccoli shoots with his left ... ohhh! Just wide of the mark. And that's it in Turin. Palermo's bubble has been well and truly burst by Juventus who win 3-0.
Del Piero looks to go through to goal from Quagliarella's pass, but the striker slams his shot off target. There will be two minutes of added time.
Vidal conceeds a free-kick as he knocks Pisano down. Miccoli drives it from range, but it is way too high and over Buffon's goal.
Yellow Card Eros Pisano
Free-kick to Juventus as Della Rocca hacks Vidal to the ground and temers flare a little, but the referee has everything under control.
Pirlo swings it in towards Del Piero, but it is a little short as the chance is wasted.
Del Piero's entry has lifted the crowd as they chant "there is only one captain". The tempo has slowed down, but Juventus are still hungry for goals as they attack.
Alessandro Del Piero
Del Piero comes on for Matri as the legendary forward gets a slice of action. He has yet to score this season.
Quagliarella has a shot, but it flies wide of the mark as Del Piero prepares his entry.
Quagliarella is down after taking a blow as Balzaretti puts the ball out of play. However, the Italian striker is back on his feet and resumes playing.
Vidal shows strength to win a free-kick of Della Rocca. Del Piero continues to warm up. He might get some action soon if things stay comfortable for Juventus.
It has been exemplary from Juventus this afternoon. Their play has simply been top-class. Palermo are not threatening at all here.
Matri in behind the defence, but Migliaccio does well to track back for Palermo as we approach the final 20 minutes.
Juventus are in cruise control. Palermo simply cannot get anything into their game to make a difference and they are being torn to shreds everytime Conte's men come forward.
Ohhh! Vucinic is unlucky not to score as his lob attempt goes over the bar. And that's it for the striker as he is replaced by Quagliarella
Assist Mirko Vučinić
Goal Claudio Marchisio
GOAL! AND JUVENTUS ARE OUT OF SIGHT! Vucinic finds Marchisio and it's three and easy as he stabs the ball past the goalkeeper. The midfielder just cannot stop scoring as he grabs his fifth of the season!
Good challenge by Balzaretti on Pepe as the defender stops a good Juventus break.
Bonucci fouls Della Rocca on the edge of the box. Miccoli will surely fancy this one from this range. It's perfect for the striker. Buffon will have to be careful here ... It's Miccoli ... Ohhh! The ball strikes the wall.
Francesco Della Rocca
Free-kick to Juventus as Balzaretti fouls Vucinic. Pirlo delivers, but it's headed-out by Barreto for Palermo.
Juve are cruising with their two-goal cushion as Pirlo finds Vucinic. The Montenegrin shoots ... Ohhhh! Just wide of the far post! It could easily have been 3-0 to the home side. Palermo have lost their drive and focus here.
Bacinovic slips it through to Miccoli who is there, but Chiellini sticks his foot out. Juventus need to watch it at the back as they are often found struggling when put under pressure.
Pirlo spots Lichtsteiner who has been outstanding for his side. Juventus are in command and in control.
Ohhh! Vucinic's effort takes a wild deflection of Silvestre as Palermo escape further pressure. It's all Juventus at the moment.
Assist Stephan Lichtsteiner
Goal Alessandro Matri
GOAL! Juventus double their lead. Lichtsteiner with a great pass and the Italy international finishes smartly under Tzorvas with a low drive into the far post. Great start by Juventus and Palermo have a mountain to climb.
Miccoli is down and receives treatment after falling awkwardly. Juventus players are warming up including Alessandro Del Piero.
Yellow Card Federico Balzaretti
Palermo get the game back underway as Balzaretti brings it forward. The Sicilians will be hoping to offer a response after going behind to Pepe's first-half strike.
And that's the whistle dead on 45 minutes as there is no added time. Juventus lead Palermo 1-0 in Turin. Join us shortly for the second-half.
Lichtsteiner wins the corner from Cetto. Can Juventus double their lead just before half-time? In towards the box, but Palermo clear and break fast down the pitch ... Ilicic shoots... Ohhh! Great save by Buffon from a Rosanero counter-attack. Juventus looking shaky when under pressure.
Free-kick to Palermo. Miccoli crosses, but Barzagli is dragged down and the referee gives the foul in Juve's favour.
Pirlo's cross, Silvestre clears, but Vucinic is there to shoot ... ohhhh! He smashes it over the bar. What a mistake under no pressure.
Lichtsteiner finds Pepe. The Italy international tries to pick out Marchisio who makes the narrow run, but it's headed away by Palermo.
Ohhh! What a chance for Palermo. Ilicic beats the offside trap from a Miccoli pass, he is one-on-one against Buffon, but fails to prod the ball past the goalkeeper. Unlucky Palermo as Juventus escape.
Barreto is fouled. Miccoli swings in the free-kick, but Buffon is grateful to claim the ball.
Miccoli is caught offside for Palermo. The striker has not done much thus far, but he does have a habit of scoring against his former club having hit four past them during his career.
Ohhh! Pirlo hits the post! Still without a goal since his move from Milan in the summer, the Italy international rattles the goal jamb with a beautiful curling effort. Unlucky!
Ilicic has looked really good. The Rosanero playmaker finally looks to have rediscovered his best form of late as he tries to spark something for his side as he tussles with Pirlo for supremacy in midfield.
Ohhh! Lichsteiner with a wonderful ball, good movement from Vucinic up front, but he struggles to bring the ball down and the chance fizzles out.
Matri has been disappointing for Juventus thus far. He has yet to get into the game, and seems isolated up front. Cetto gives the ball away as Buffon gathers.
It's a deserved lead from Juventus, but can Palermo respond? Bacinovic finds Barreto, but his effort is dragged across Buffon's goal.
Assist Giorgio Chiellini
Goal Simone Pepe
GOAL! AND JUVENTUS TAKE THE LEAD AS PEPE HEADS HOME GIORGIO CHIELLINI'S CROSS! Where was the Palermo defence as Pepe does everything right in front of goal.
Vucinic puts the ball into the box, but it's just behind Pepe as Palermo defenders scramble clear. Chants of "Juve, Juve, Juve" are growing louder, but the scorching start from the home side appears to have fizzled out.
Matri gives the ball away to Miccoli who does not hesistate in shooting, but his effort is fired over as whistles rain down from the Bianconeri faithful in the stands.
Juventus have got to be careful of Palermo breaking on the counter here. Players like Balzaretti, Miccoli and Ilicic are all dangerous.
Ohhh! Palermo respond to pressure with Ilicic who is all unmarked on the back post, but he blasts his effort at Buffon who makes a good save.
Ohhhh! What a chance for Juventus! The cross from the right is fumbled by Tzorvas, the ball bounces to Marchisio, but he fires wide on the rebound. Juventus are all over the Rosanero!
Lichtsteiner goes through Bertolo and it's a free-kick to Palermo as the referee has a word with the former Lazio man.
It's a bright start from Juventus. Chiellini should, perhaps, have given his side a lead from Pirlo's cross. Palermo are struggling early on as Bacinovic fouls Matri.
Pisano forced to defend and it's the first corner of the game for Juventus. Pirlo delivers, but it is cleared. Back with Chiellini who crosses, Matri cannot get to it. It's with Pirlo ... he picks out Chiellini ... OHHHH! Over the bar from close range!
And we have kick-off. It is the Bianconeri who start the match in Turin. No Abel Hernandez or Mauricio Pinilla for Palermo who are injured. Palermo will be hoping to improve their away record this term having scored just one point on their travels.
Juventus will fancy their chances today as they are the only team unbeaten in Serie A this term. At home, the Bianconeri have not lost in 10 consecutive league games.
And Palermo line up as follows (4-3-2-1): Tzorvas, Pisano, Silvestre, Cetto, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Bacinovic, Barreto; Ilicic, Bertolo; Miccoli
Hello and a very good welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Serie A clash between Juventus and Palermo. Here are the confirmed teams for kick-off: Juventus (4-2-3-1) Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Vidal, Vucinic; Matri.
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