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January 25, 2014
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: D. Massa
• Attendance: 44018
A. Candreva 27'
That's all from me for tonight guys and girls. Goodbye!
FULL TIME: LAZIO 1-1 JUVENTUS The Bianconeri fought back from a goal down while a man down, after Buffon was sent off midway through the first half for felling Klose in the penalty area. Candreva, a former Juve player, duly put the hosts ahead from the resulting spot-kick, but Llorente scored a fine equalising goal after the break to ensure the league leaders left the Stadio Olimpico with a point.
90' + 2'
IT ENDS IN A DRAW!
The fourth official signals for TWO minutes of added time.
Storari jumps low to his right to stop Biglia's effort from creeping into the bottom corner. Bar a late late goal here it looks like these two giants will be sharing the spoils after all.
NEARLY AN INSTANT IMPACT FROM BALDE! The speedy sub races on to a great pass from Hernanes, cuts on to his right, and then curls a great shot onto the right-hand post. Storari was well-beaten there but showed fine awareness to dive on the rebound under pressure from Klose.
Lazio make their second change of the evening – Candreva makes way for Keita Balde.
Balde Diao Keita
Pogba is fouled 30 yards from his goal, which is just as well for the Frenchman as he looked set to lose the ball cheaply to Biglia.
Vidal races through on goal, but just cannot get a vital touch to send the ball past the onrushing Berisha. The Chilean midfielder is furious with himself for failing to convert that chance.
It's another super delivery from the Lazio captain, but this time it's a simple stop for Storari as he catches Cana's header comfortably.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
Again Ledesma stands over the set piece...
A Juventus counter is brought to a crashing close after Tevez is dispossessed brilliantly by Ledesma. The visitors want a free kick, but the referee waves play on and the hosts immediately launch their own attack which results in another dangerously positioned free kick as Bonucci cynically stops Candreva.
WHAT A SAVE FROM STORARI! The substitute Juve goalkeeper produces a top drawer stop to keep out Klose's header, after the German connected well with Ledesma's free kick on the penalty spot.
The hosts get a free kick over on the right, which Ledesma stands over...
Llorente has burst to life since scoring that equalising goal. He has proved a real handful in the past 10 minutes or so, showing great strength to hold off challenges and bring his team-mates into play.
Vidal rifles a shot just over the bar up one end and then Candreva drags a shot wide for the hosts up the other. This game is sizzling nicely as we head into the final 20 minutes – I would be very surprised if this one finished 1-1.
The hosts waste the chance to overload Storari's penalty area though, as they play it short and then gift possession to Pogba.
Ogbonna is penalised after catching Candreva in the face with a flailing right arm, which means Lazio have a free kick just inside Juventus' half.
STAT: Juventus have scored at least three goals in their last five matches in Serie A.
CHANCE FOR KLOSE! The former Bayern Munich man comes close to flicking Hernanes' bouncing shot past Storari after springing the offside trap. It's end-to-end at the Olimpico at present!
GREAT SAVE FROM BERISHA! The Belarusian shostopper flings out his left arm to tip a rasping effort from Tevez round the post and out for a corner.
Assist Stephan Lichtsteiner
Goal Fernando Llorente
WHAT A FABULOUS GOAL THAT IS! Lichtsteiner bombs forward down the right, plays a divine one-two with Tevez, and then lifts a perfect cross to Llorente, who glances a looping header over Berisha and into the far corner. Game on in Rome!
A very well-worked Lazio attack culminates in a rising strike from the goalscorer Candreva that drifts just over the top right-hand corner of Storari's goal. Nearly a second there for the hosts!
Yellow Card Giuseppe Biava
A blistering Juve counter grinds to a halt at the feet of Llorente, as he takes one touch too many on the edge of the Lazio box when he had ample time to play in Vidal for a one-on-one opportunity.
Needless from Konko! Vidal nicks the ball from Hernanes and the midfielder's team-mate dishes out a completely unneccesary shove as means of revenge. Juve, duly, are awarded a free kick.
Candreva pops an inviting cross into the Juve box, but Barzagli is the only man challenging for the ball, so the visitors are able to clear the ball away comfortably.
Juventus' 12-match winning streak is under threat from Reja's organised Lazio side tonight. The home side have nullified any threat the league leaders have shown so far in this game, the question is can they hold out for all 90 minutes.
Pogba rises to meet the resulting corner, but Berisha manages to get in front of the Juve midfielder and grab the ball from the sky for his side.
Tevez, sporting an odd flick in his hair this evening, whips the free kick towards the penalty spot, but it is headed behind for a corner by Hernanes of all people.
Cana crashes into Pogba on the left-hand side and Juventus have a free kick just a yard or so outside the Lazio box. The Frenchman was in full flow when he was sent flying by the defender.
Klose is the latest player to curse at the referee, after he is adjudged to have fouled Barzagli with a lunging, yet seemingly legal, tackle on the near side.
Vidal finds Llorente with a probing pass from inside his own half, but the Spaniard's flick is intercepted by Cana, just as Tevez pulled away from the defender to latch on to the pass. Juve are attacking with purpose at the start of this second half.
Lazio get the second half rolling in Rome...
The Bianconeri have lost just once in Serie A all season, but they are well and truly up against it at the Stadio Olimpico this evening, with Lazio leading by a single goal at the break. Down to 10 men, and trailing at the interval, can the Turin giants turn this one round?
HALF TIME: LAZIO 1-0 JUVENTUS The league leaders trail at the break at the Stadio Olimpico, after Buffon was sent off for bringing down Klose inside the penalty area. Candreva slotted home the resulting penalty against his old club, and Lazio could even have had a second spot-kick in the dying stages of the half when Bonucci handled under pressure from Hernanes.
45' + 2'
And there is the half time whistle!
45' + 1'
Hang on a second! Replays show that the defender controlled the ball with his arm there, to take it away from Hernanes. Juve were fortunate not to concede a second penalty!
Bonucci does superbly to win the ball ahead of Hernanes inside the Juve box, as the Brazilian endeavoured to increase his side's lead on the brink of half time.
Dias gets away with a half-hearted clearance that is very nearly seized upon by Tevez. The ball just runs underneath the Argentine's foot on the halfway line – had he connected Lazio could have been in trouble, with numbers committed forward in attack.
STAT: Juve have not been beaten by the Biancocelesti in Serie A since December 2003, a run of 18 matches, and have won without conceding on their last four league meetings with Lazio at the Olimpico.
Juventus still trail as we hurtle towards half time in Rome. Tevez and Llorente have found it very tough against Lazio's well-organised defence in the opening half.
Barzagli takes his frustrations out on the advertising hoardings near the corner flag after failing to keep the ball in play. The hairy centre-back gave them a meaty boot after the ball ran out for a Lazio throw.
Just as I type that Berisha saves from Llorente! The Spain forward links well with Tevez inside the box, but his volley does not have enough behind it to really trouble the Belarusian goalkeeper.
No shots on target for Juventus so far. Reja's decision to field a three-man defence to mirror the visitors' formation has worked wonderfully so far. It has enabled the hosts to really compete with Juventus' brilliant midfield.
Tevez gestures furiously towards the heavens after being denied a free kick on the edge of the Lazio box. The attacker did well to drive past a couple of challenges and did appear to be caught by Cana.
STAT: Juventus have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in five of their last seven away matches in Serie A.
After playing the set piece short they surrender possession cheaply though, and Vidal is then penalised for a foul on Hernanes as the home side try and break down the left. Not a good passage of play for the Bianconeri!
The opening goal has riled the league leaders. They are going into every challenge with added bite and now have a free kick in a dangerous position, from which they could test Berisha.
Penalty Goal Antonio Candreva
GOALLLLL!!! Candreva, a former Juventus player, strokes the spot-kick into the bottom left corner to give the hosts the lead!
Buffon, quite strangely, gets a few high-fives as he leaves the pitch. Asamoah is the man sacrificed by Conte to bring on Marco Storari, whose first involvement will be to face a penalty.
Red Card Gianluigi Buffon
BUFFON IS OFF! The Juventus goalkeeper is shown a straight red card for bringing Klose down inside the box after the German got to a sumptuous throughball first. Penalty to Lazio AND Juve are down to 10!
Klose controls the ball wonderfully with his chest inside the centre circle, but then fails to bring Hernanes into play because of a heavy volleyed pass. Lazio could have fashioned a great chance there if the pass had been better.
Asamoah jynxes through a couple of challenges on the left to ignite what had been a fairly pedestrian attack for the away side. His good work is then undone by sloppy play from Ogbonna though, as the defender fires a pass straight to Cana.
STAT: Juve have already beaten Lazio twice this season, with August's 4-0 Italian Super Cup victory at the Olimpico having been followed up by a 4-1 home success in Serie A 13 days later.
GOOD STRIKE FROM ASAMOAH! The Juve midfielder receives the corner short from Tevez, and then proceeds to lash a left-foot strike a yard wide of the far post from a tight angle. A fine shot or a terrible cross – take your pic.
Pogba wins a corner on the left-hand side after his cross is deflected behind by Lorik Cana.
MARVELLOUS FROM VIDAL! The Chilean sprints back 20 yards to catch up with Hernanes and dispossess the Brazilian with a sublime sliding challenge on the halfway line. Great play from the Juve man.
SO KLOSE... The Lazio frontman rolls back the years to chase Barzagli in possession and force the defender to flick the ball back to Buffon in the Juventus goal. The normally calm goalkeeper dallies on the ball though, which allows the German to flick the ball just the wrong side of the post!
Lichtsteiner produces a typically lungbursting run to keep the ball in play on the right, and even manages to win a throw off the legs of Dias. The linesman, who is stood just yards away, somehow misses the touch from the Lazio defender though, and the throw is wrongly awarded to the hosts.
Conte's men, who are chasing a third successive league title, have responded superbly after losing at Fiorentina on October 20, taking maximum points from 12 successive fixtures to open up an eight-point advantage over Roma at the top of the table. They've started brightly tonight too, although they are yet to test Berisha.
A dreadful clearance from Konko goes straight to Arturo Vidal, who claimed he was the best central midfielder in the world earlier this week. His quick-fire effort on the half volley does not quite back up that claim, as the ball balloons high over the crossbar.
Fernando Llorente holds the ball up on the right and tries to bring the overlapping Tevez into play with a clever flick, but again Dias is alert to the danger and takes the ball away from the attacker. The defender cannot, however, stop the ball dribbling out for a corner to the away side.
STAT: Lichtsteiner lines up against his former club tonight. Between 2008 and 2011 he made 100 Serie A starts for Lazio, scoring three goals during that time.
There are quite a few empty seats at the Stadio Olimpico, which is a tad surprising considering the sides involved in this fixture. The fans that are at the ground are doing their damnedest to create a decent atmosphere though, so hats off to them.
Stephan Lichtsteiner tries to set Tevez away down the right, but Andre Dias reads the play very well to step in front of the Argentine and seize the ball. The diminutive attacker resorts to illegal methods to try and retrieve the ball, raking down the back of the defender's leg, and the hosts are quite rightly given a free kick.
The two sides exchange possession a couple of times in the opening few minutes, with one promising Lazio attack breaking down after a few crossed wires between Antonio Candreva and Abdoulay Konko.
The visitors get the game started through Tevez and Vidal...
The teams are out at the Stadio Olimpico and we are just moments away from kick-off!
LAZIO TEAM NEWS: The home side recall Hernanes to their line-up after he notched the winning goal against Udinese last weekend, but first-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti remains sidelined because of illness. Etrit Berisha continues to deputise for the Italian. Reja lines his men up with three at the back, to mirror Antonio Conte's favoured formation.
JUVE TEAM NEWS: Andrea Pirlo is rested for the Bianconeri, although he is named among the substitutes. Angelo Ogbonna comes in at centre-back for the suspended Giorgio Chiellini, while the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez return to the starting XI having been rested for the Coppa Italia game midweek.
SUBS: Rubinho, Isla, Caceres, Pepe, Giovinco, Peluso, Pirlo, Quagliarella, Storari
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente
SUBS: Ciani, Crecco, Anderson, Keita, Gonzalez, Pereirinha, Marchetti, Freitas, Perea, Novaretti, Strakosha, Floccari
LAZIO (3-4-2-1): Berisha; Biava, Cana, Dias; Cavanda, Ledesma, Biglia, Konko; Candreva, Hernanes; Klose
The teams are in, so let's have a quick look at those before things get underway at the Stadio Olimpico...
Juventus return to the same ground where they suffered just their second domestic loss of the season at in midweek. The Serie A leaders were beaten 1-0 by Roma in their Coppa Italia quarter-final clash on Tuesday night, a result that ended the Bianconeri's 13-match unbeaten run against Italian opposition.
My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be doing my utmost to keep you entertained as these two Italian giants battle it out in Rome.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to LIVE coverage of Juventus' trip to the capital, where they face a resurgent Lazio side that have won three of their first four games since Edy Reja's return at the start of January.
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