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1 vs 0
Played
March 10, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ A. Giannoccaro‎
Attendance:‬ 38000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 1-0 Catania

Goal.com assesses the talent on show at Juventus Stadium as the Serie A champions extended their lead at the top of the table to nine points

By Tom Maston

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    200
    6
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Had very little to do but was assured when called upon. Spilled one Gomez effort but not tested further.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    185
    9
    3.00

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Looked slightly sluggish in defence and could have been punished against a more potent attacking side. Got forward well

  • Andrea Barzagli
    191
    8
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Dealt with Castro's movement well and managed to nullify any attacking threat. Fired over the bar early in the first half

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    200
    6
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Was more involved in attack than defence, forcing Andujar into one of his many saves. Composed at the back.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    132
    48
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Posed a threat down the right in the first half, but disappeared for long periods as the match wore on. One of a number who looked in need of a rest

  • Paul Pogba
    390
    9
    4.50

    Paul Pogba Top of the Match

    After a quiet first half, the midfielder burst into life after the break. Saw a venomous effort turned away by Andujar before providing the searching cross for the winning goal.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    154
    44
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Went close in the first half with a curling effort and showed good interplay with the forward line. Never showed the same threat in the second period.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    147
    56
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    On a day when the final ball was lacking for the home side, the midfield maestro was particularly wasteful. Gave away possession cheaply in midfield.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    114
    80
    2.00

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Never really got a chance to run at the Catania defence and was quiet for long periods as Juventus looked to play through the middle.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    94
    106
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Looked the most likely to score and went close on three occasions, including hitting the post. Link-up play with Giovinco severely lacking.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    94
    157
    2.00

    Sebastian Giovinco Flop of the Match

    Despite being rested against Celtic he looked well off the pace. Few chances in front of goal and frequently gave the ball away in promising positions.

Substitutions

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    236
    9
    4.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Scored what could be the goal that seals the title for, though tainted his display with a blatant dive earlier in the game

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    144
    48
    3.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    On for the final 10 minutes, the striker had little impact on the match, though he almost doubled the lead late in stoppage time

  • Alessandro Matri
    170
    23
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Missed the target with a header in the dying minutes. Provided a target for Pirlo's somewhat wayward through balls

  • Mariano Andújar
    14
    19
    2.50

    Mariano Andújar

    Made several excellent saves to keep the leaders at bay, only to flap at Pogba's cross in stoppage time to hand Giaccherini the winning goal.

  • Nicolás Spolli
    11
    12
    3.50

    Nicolás Spolli

    Strong in defence and marshalled the back line well. His withdrawal through injury late on seemed to unsettle the rest of the side.

  • Giovanni Marchese
    9
    11
    3.00

    Giovanni Marchese

    Sliced a half-chance wide in the first half and provided a decent outlet down the left. Tracked back well to deal with Lichsteiner.

  • Giuseppe Bellusci
    14
    11
    3.00

    Giuseppe Bellusci

    A rock in the visitors' defence, and seemed to be everywhere to cut out through balls and crosses. Read Pirlo's attempted passes with ease.

  • Pablo Álvarez
    8
    11
    3.00

    Pablo Álvarez

    Got away with miscommunication when Vucinic hit the post, but a good performance all the same.

  • Sergio Almiron
    18
    10
    3.50

    Sergio Almiron

    Tracked back well and provided the defence with a good shield. Let Pogba overrun him at times in the second half.

  • Francesco Lodi
    13
    10
    3.50

    Francesco Lodi

    Excellent defensive display from the usually attack-minded player. Went close with a curling effort from distance early on.

  • Mariano Julio Izco
    9
    11
    3.00

    Mariano Julio Izco

    Kept Asamoah quiet in the first half but booking picked up later in the game meant he couldn't deal with Giaccherini as effectively.

  • Lucas Castro
    7
    12
    2.50

    Lucas Castro

    Showed willing up front but lack of good delivery meant he was quiet. Tightly marked by Barzagli.

  • Marco Biagianti
    8
    11
    3.00

    Marco Biagianti

    Marshalled Pirlo and largely kept the playmaker quiet. Substitution late on had a clear impact.

  • Alejandro Gómez
    17
    10
    3.50

    Alejandro Gómez

    The most likely of any of the Catania players to score. Tested Buffon in the first half and made useful runs in behind the defence.

Substitutions

  • Alexis Rolín
    5
    12
    2.00

    Alexis Rolín

    Replaced Spolli in the final moments but made no impact of note.

  • Amidu Salifu
    5
    12
    2.00

    Amidu Salifu

    Replaced Biagianti late on but had little time to make an impact.

  • Edgar Çani
    14
    10
    2.00

    Edgar Çani

    Replaced Gomez late on but failed to put his stamp on the game.

Results
 
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Striker
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Inter
15 0