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Camoranesi will be in black and white until 2010

Serie A Tim - 10 Jul 2007 - 9:04 PM

Juventus Football Club has extended Mauro German Camoranesi’s contract until 30 June, 2010. The midfielder was welcomed at Juventus’ headquarters by the CEO Jean-Claude Blanc and signed the contract that binds him to the club until that date.

Camoranesi  has been playing in Juventus since the year 2002. He played on 206 matches and scored 21 goals with the black and white jersey in these five years. He won the 2006 World Cup in Germany with the Italian National Team .



David Trezeguet will be in black and white until 2011

Serie A Tim - 26 Jun 2007 - 1:13 AM

Juventus Football Club has extended David Trezeguet's contract until 30 June, 2011. The French centre forward was welcomed at Juventus’ headquarters by the president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli and by the CEO Jean-Claude Blanc and signed the contract that binds him to the club until that date.

Trezeguet has been playing in Juventus since the year 2000, after the golden goal scored against Italy in the European Championship Final. He scored 145 goals with the black and white jersey in these seven years, being the foreign player who scored the highest number of goals of the whole history of Juventus.

Brescia - Juventus: 3-1

Serie B Tim - 10 Mar 2007 - 5:26 PM

After losing with Mantova, Juventus surrended on the same pitch even with Brescia.
The match ended 3-1 with a triple hit by a smashing Serafini, and a goal by Del Piero. The day is to be totally thrown away: Napoli and Genoa drew; the Bianconeri still lead with 5 points over Bologna and Piacenza.
We really hope we won't have to be back to the Stadio Danilo Martelli. Two matches, two losses. After the 1-0 suffered with Mantova at their home pitch, Juventus also lost against Brescia, wich has clearly made a good choice, opting for a neutral pitch. The match ended 3-1 with a triple hit by Serafini, and a goal by Del Piero, all in the first half.
A bad day, but not to be totally thrown away. Napoli and Genoa drew, and Piacenza won, as Bologna did on the rebound.
The Bianconeri are still on top, having a one point lead over Napoli, and five over Bologna and Piacenza.

Deschamps, after three consecutive win, wanted to have four, and sent to the neutral pitch of Mantova the most experienced of the team. Having to make choices, he chose Zebina and Camoranesi in defence of the right area, leaving Birindelli and Marchionni on the bench. The rest of the team was the same: Buffon in the goal area, Boumsong, Chiellini, Zanetti and Giannichedda in the midfield; Balzaretti and Nedved to control the left area; Del Piero and Trezeguet strikers. 


GOALS: 4', 26' e 46' p.t. Serafini, 10' p.t. Del Piero

BRESCIA: Viviano; Santacroce, Zoboli, Mareco; Zambelli (28' s.t. Stankevicius), Piangerelli, Lima, Hamsik (43' s.t. Cerci), Dallamano; Serafini, Del Nero
Subs: Ambrosio, Cortellini, Jadid, Zambrella, Roussel
Coach: Cosmi

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina (32' s.t. Bojinov), Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti (14' s.t. Palladino); Camoranesi (1' s.t. Marchionni), Zanetti, Giannichedda, Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet
Subs: Mirante, Birindelli, Legrottaglie, Paro
Coach: Deschamps

BOOKED: 14' p.t. Giannichedda, 32' p.t. Zambelli, 40' p.t. Camoranesi, 6' s.t. Mareco, 12' s.t Piangerelli, 22' s.t. Trezeguet

REFEREE: De Marco di Chiavari

ASSISTANTS: Rossomando e Angrisani
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Tommasi

Juventus-Piacenza 4-0

Serie B Tim - 04 Mar 2007 - 22:30

Se la Juventus tornerà in Serie A, come tutti si aspettano, questa settimana verrà considerata tra le più importanti. Due vittorie targate “Emilia” contro Modena e Piacenza e distacco sulle altre pretendenti cresciuto in modo importante. Dopo l’1-0 del Braglia, la sfida domenicale contro l’ottima formazione di Iachini si chiude con un netto 4-0. Gol in apertura di Trezeguet dopo appena 35 secondi, tris Del Piero nella ripresa, prima su rigore (il primo in questa stagione!), poi su punizione e con una prodezza personale allo scadere. E’ di nuovo vetta solitaria a spese del Napoli, ma soprattutto un +7 sul Genoa terzo, sempre in attesa della gara del lunedì del Mantova che può prendersi il terzo gradino del podio in solitario a -6.

Per l’importante sfida serale, Deschamps utilizza gran parte della formazione vista con Crotone e Modena. Davanti a Buffon, Birindelli rileva l’acciaccato Zebina, Boumsong e Chiellini formano la coppia centrale e Balzaretti si occupa della fascia di sinistra. A centrocampo, Marchionni rileva un Camoranesi fresco della nascita del terzo figlio (auguri!), Giannichedda e Zanetti formano la cerniera centrale, Nedved al solito posto di sinistra e davanti la coppia Trezeguet-Del Piero.

La Juventus parte come meglio non potrebbe. E soprattutto David Trezeguet parte come meglio non potrebbe. Già autore della doppietta decisiva all’andata, il francese diventa subito protagonista con un sinistro che non dà scampo a Coppola: 1-0 dopo un batter di ciglia, 34 secondi per la precisione. La partita si mette subito nelle migliori condizioni, ma i bianconeri non vogliono dare scampa agli ospiti e cercano subito il raddoppio con Nedved, il cui destro finisce a lato. Il Piacenza ci mette poco ad entrare in partita e Buffon deve metterci una pezza sull’ex Nocerino.

L’ex talento delle giovanili bianconere è il più pericoloso dei suoi e ci deve pensare Boumsong per evitare il pareggio. La squadra di Deschamps capisce che è il caso di accelerare e ancora Trezeguet impegna Coppola in un difficile intervento in tuffo. I padroni di casa trovano terreno di conquista soprattutto nella corsia di destra dove operano gli attivissimi Marchionni e Birindelli. Buffon non corre rischi, a parte un tentativo di dribbling su Cacia che fa trattenere il fiato a tutto l’Olimpico. Ma il protagonista del match continua ad essere David Trezeguet, sempre pericoloso su ogni pallone alto che spiove nell’area piacentina. Prima del riposo è il solito Nocerino a sfiorare l’incrocio con un esterno insidioso che sfiora l’incrocio. Al 45’ resta l’1-0 firmato Trezeguet.

Ripresa. Dagli spogliatoi tornano gli stessi effettivi della prima frazione. Si parte con cinque minuti di studio e alla prima accelerata, la Juventus colpisce ancora. Del Piero si invola con Miglionico che respinge con un braccio, sul proseguo dell’azione il capitano viene messo giù da Coppola e Bertini indica il dischetto. E’ il primo in tutta la stagione per i bianconeri e Del Piero non spreca l’occasione per trasformarlo. Neppure il raddoppio ferma le velleità degli ospiti che si fanno vivi altre due volte in pochi secondi, prima con Degano (parata di Buffon) e poi con Nef che mette alto di testa. All’11 Nedved si invola solo verso Coppola ma viene fermato da un fuorigioco quanto meno dubbio.

Intorno al quarto d’ora, i due allenatori mettono mano ai primi cambi. Rantier per Degano e Camoranesi per l’ex Marchionni. Ma la ripresa è ancora di Del Piero. Il capitano prima sfiora la giocata con un colpo di tacco d’autore, poi si procura una punizione dal limite che insacca con la solita pennellata d’autore: 3-0 e pratica quasi chiusa. E l’espulsione di Campagnaro al 29’ per somma d’ammonizioni è un’altra mazzata per la squadra di Iachini.
Le note di cronaca arrivano dai cambi. Escono Stamilla e Cacia nel Piacenza (per Iorio e Simon), Paro e Palladino al posto di Zanetti e Trezeguet. Prima del triplice fischio di Bertini c'è tempo ancora per vedere l'ennesima prodezza di Del Piero che fa sedere mezza difesa piacentina e insacca il 4-0 finale. La Juventus centra la terza vittorie di fila. Chiamarla fuga è prematuro, ma il momento è buono. Da confermare con il Brescia e poi con il doppio turno casalingo con Treviso e Triestina.

JUVENTUS-PIACENZA 4-0 (1-0)

GOALS: 1’ pt Trezeguet, 6’ st (rig.), 24’ st e 48’ st Del Piero

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Marchionni (16’ st Camoranesi), Zanetti (31’ st Paro), Giannichedda, Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet (41’ st Palladino)
Subs: Mirante, Legrottaglie, Marchisio, Palladino, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

PIACENZA: Coppola; Nef, Campagnaro, Miglionico, Gemiti; Riccio, Patrascu, Nocerino; Stamilla (31’ st Iorio), Cacia (39’ st Simon), Degano (16’ st Rantier)
Subs: Cassano, Olivi, Bianchi, Gobatto
Coach: Iachini

REFEREE: Bertini di Arezzo.

BOOKED: 10’ pt Nef, 34’ pr Boumsong, 44’ st Camoranesi
ESPULSO: 29’ st Campagnaro

ASSISTANTS: Lanciano e Toscano
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Stefanini

NOTES: spettatori 18.489 per un incasso di € 300.196,50


 

Modena - Juventus: 0-1

The Bianconeri arrived in Modena looking to take back top spot and lo and behold, they head back to Turin this evening with three precious points in the bag. Mission complete. The result came courtesy of a Centurioni own goal late in the second half. Deschamps’ men dominated the clash from the outset and, having leapfrogged Napoli, they now enjoy a five point lead over Saturday’s visitors to the Olimpico, Piacenza.

The weekend’s results gave Juventus extra motivation to grab three points and open up a gap on the chasing pack. Zebina, Boumsong, Chiellini and Birindelli formed an experienced back line in front of Buffon, while there were no changes in midfield from the quartet who trounced Crotone last week: Camoranesi, Giannichedda, Zanetti and Nedved. Up front, Deschamps kept faith in the formidable pairing of Del Piero and Trezeguet.

The opening quarter of an hour was slow and measured but it didn’t take the Bianconeri long to turn on the entertainment. Del Piero and Nedved both tried their luck early on but Frezzolini was alert to the danger. Zanetti, Trezeguet and Camoranesi all came close but there was no way through. Meanwhile, Buffon went relatively untested at the back. Zanetti went inches wide just before the break but the two teams entered the tunnel all square (0-0).

Juventus began the second half as they’d ended the first, on top. Neither keeper was troubled for the first fifteen minutes but then the Bianconeri came alive with Nedved and Balzaretti slinging long range efforts in from the left. Zanetti could have opened the scoring midway through the second period but his effort lacked power. The midfielder almost lived to regret his miss as the home side came close from Bruno but the scores remained level.

Bojinov replaced Del Piero in the 77th minute but there were no changes to the fortunes of the Bianconeri attack. Modena substitute Rossi saved on the goal line from Boumsong and then it was Buffon’s turn, denying Bruno once again. In the 86th minute, Bojinov tried to find Trezeguet with a cross from the left wing. Centurioni tried to clear but watched the ball fly into his own net. It was a cruel but deserved lead (0-1). Nedved almost doubled the Bianconeri’s advantage late on but there were no further changes to the score.


Serie B, match day 25

Modena, Alberto Braglia stadium
Monday 26th February 2007, kick-off 20.45

GOALS: Centurioni o.g. 86’

MODENA: Frezzolini; Frey, Centurioni, Ungari (74’ Rossi), Chiecchi; Campedelli (74’ Abate), Longo, Antonazzo, Tamburini; Pinardi (79’ Baldo); Bruno.
Subs: Narciso, Luisi, Calacone, Sforzini.
Coach: Mutti.
JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina, Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti;
Camoranesi, Zanetti, Giannichedda, Nedved; Del Piero (77’ Bojinov), Trezeguet.
Subs: Mirante, Birindelli, Piccolo, Paro, Marchionni, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps.

REFEREE: Marelli di Como.

BOOKED: 19’ Ungari, 45’ Nedved.

ASSISTANTS: Liberti e Maggiani.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Meli.

Juventus - Crotone: 5-0

Serie B Tim - 17 Feb 2007 - 5:06 PM

“Crotone be warned”. This was the message the Juventus camp made a point of sending this week as the team looked to compensate for the disappointing draw in Vicenza a week earlier. With a goal-fest in mind, Deschamps recalled Trezeguet and Camoranesi to the starting line-up, while Zebina and Giannichedda returned from suspension.

Juventus were out of the blocks with lightning speed. In the 4th minute Camoranesi picked out Trezeguet with a bending ball down the line and the Frenchman set pulses racing with a searing drive across the face of Soviero’s goal. The Crotone keeper was called into action again a minute later as Trezeguet peppered his goal with two testing headers. The Bianconeri dominated possession, forcing the visitors into an extended exercise of damage-limitation and it seemed a matter of when, rather than if, they would grab an early lead. A period of sustained pressure from the home-side led to a string of corners, and eventually, a cherished opener for the hosts. It was Nedved who provided the finish on 17 minutes, picking up the ball on the edge of the box and thundering a powerful drive past a cluster of defenders and the helpless Soviero (1-0). The players were clearly enjoying themselves as a vocal crowd cheered them on from the stands. Juventus doubled their lead in the 23rd minute as the Crotone defence retreated increasingly deeper, strangled by the ceaseless tide of attacks. The goal came from another corner, Balzaretti latching onto a short one and thumping in his first ever Juventus goal from the left edge of the box (2-0). This was a cathartic performance from the Bianconeri, exorcising the demons of previous weeks with a scudetto-worthy display. On 29 minutes, Trezeguet scissored an ambitious effort just over the bar but the Frenchman’s acrobatics were just a microcosm of the home side’s overall hegemony. Crotone could only hold on as Nedved and Camoranesi orchestrated the attack from the two flanks. Zanetti hobbled off five minutes before the break, replaced in midfield with the ever-reliable Paro, but Deschamps’ men weren’t done yet. In the 44th minute Del Piero picked up the ball on the periphery of the Crotone penalty area, danced past at least three defenders, and swiped a low effort into the back of Soviero’s bulging net (3-0). Even with the interval looming, the Bianconeri continued to press hard but fortunately for the Calabrians, referee Damato was keeping an eye on his watch. Three goals to nothing at the break.

Juventus were out on the pitch early for the second half, a clear sign they weren’t going to settle for three. Carboni sent on Cariello in place of Espinal for the visitors but the Bianconeri maintained the upper hand, monopolising possession from the kick-off. The pressure was relentless but a tricky backpass from Chiellini almost cost them their three goal cushion in the 54th minute. Buffon miscontrolled under pressure and had to scuttle back quickly to hoof the ball clear from his own goal line; luckily for Juventus, it was Super Gigi, and not the ball, that ended up in the back of the net. Del Piero played through Trezeguet on 64 minutes, but with just the keeper to beat, the striker was unable to hit the target. A minute later and the Bianconeri made it four. Del Piero collected the ball thirty yards out, powered into the box head-down like a racehorse and blasted an unstoppable low drive past Soviero. Luckily for Deschamps, the captain survived Nedved’s overzealous celebrations (4-0). Marchionni replaced the outstanding Camoranesi in the 68th minute as the hosts geared up for this weekend’s carnival. But the Bianconeri’s performance was more like an acid-house rave than a masked ball, choking Crotone into submission with a masterly display of fluid attacking football. On 79 minutes Del Piero completed a sumptuous hat-trick, latching onto an intelligent pass from partner-in-crime Trezeguet and grabbing a fifth for the hungry Old Lady (5-0). Boumsong returned to action in the 83nd minute, replacing Zebina at the heart of the defence after a month and an half injury lay-off. The game was so one-sided it might have verged on boring had Juventus not served up such a steaming dish of footballing genius. Flying at Mach 3 speed into a three point lead over Napoli at the top of the table (the Southerners would have a chance to catch up at home to Arezzo on Sunday), the Bianconeri virtually eliminated any chance of a consolation goal for the visitors with a masterclass in possession football. Crotone deserved credit - they didn’t stop running until the final whistle was blown - but this was all about a superlative return to winning ways for Juventus.

GOALS: Nedved 17’, Balzaretti 23’, Del Piero 44’ 65’ 79’

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Chiellini, Zebina (Boumsong 83’), Balzaretti; Nedved, Giannichedda, Zanetti (Paro 40’), Camoranesi (Marchionni 68’); Trezeguet, Del Piero
Subs: Mirante, Piccolo, Zalayeta, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

CROTONE: Soviero; Zamboni, Morabito, Maietta, Fusco; Tisci, Piocelle (Veron 61’), Espinal (Cariello 46’); Giampaolo (Lopez 78’), Sedivic, Dionigi
Subs: Pagotto, Bonomi, Borghetti, Palmieri
Coach: Carboni

REFEREE: Damato
ASSISTANTS: Viazzi, Tonolini
4TH OFFICIAL: Gallione

Vicenza - Juventus: 2-2

Serie B Tim - 10 Feb 2007 - 5:06 PM

After the suspension of the championship following the tragic events in Catania, Juventus returned to action at Vicenza’s Stadio Menti hungry for three vital points. With the Bianconeri’s recent away form decidedly underwhelming, Didier Deschamps rang the changes, introducing the pace and energy of Marchionni and Palladino into a rejigged attack. Chiellini returned to the centre of defence to partner Piccolo while there were places for Camoranesi and Trezeguet - fatigued from his midweek commitments with France - on the bench.

Juventus started brightly. In just the 2nd minute, Zancopè could only parry a powerful long-range effort from Nedved, and it was only a marginal off-side decision that denied Palladino the opener on the rebound. The visitors took a calm approach, drawing the Vicenza midfield out of position with some crisp passing. On 6 minutes, Nedved played a long diagonal ball over the top from inside his own half; Palladino shook off his marker, took the ball under control and slid the ball under Zancopè to give the Bianconeri the lead (0-1). The early goal rattled Vicenza and they needed their wits about them to intercept Nedved’s menacing ball across goal in the 10th minute. The two sides had an even share of possession but it was Juventus that made the most of their time on the ball. On 18 minutes, Zanetti feathered another long ball over the top from just inside the opposition half; Palladino gathered and rolled the ball back to Marchionni, but the winger sent his effort just wide of Zancopè’s right post. Del Piero sent an angled header inches over the bar two minutes later but as the half reached its midway point, the tide began to turn in the home side’s favour. On the half hour mark, Shwoch was brought down by Chiellini on the edge of the Juventus penalty area; Vicenza worked a training-ground set-piece out to Helguera on the left and it took a miraculous double save from Buffon to keep Foti from converting the midfielder’s vicious low cross on the goal line. Vicenza kept pressing and it took some determined defending from the Juventus back line to fend off their insistent attacks. The Bianconeri were forced to chase the ball down, unable to enjoy any meaningful possession of their own, but referee Tagliavento blew the half-time whistle before the home side could inflict any real damage.

Juventus began the second period in control, pressing hard to find space in the final third. The Bianconeri midfield looked to make the most of Palladino’s pace with a series of angled balls over the top and in the opening ten minutes of the half the striker was twice denied in the Vicenza box as he prepared to pull the trigger. On 54 minutes, Zanetti stripped the paint from the top side of Zancopè’s bar with a ferocious half-volley from the edge of the box but it wasn’t until the hour mark that Juventus doubled their lead. A good spell of possession from the home side was interrupted by a lightning counter-attack from the Bianconeri. Nedved broke from midfield and played an inch-perfect ball through to Del Piero on the edge of the area; the captain eliminated two defenders from the equation with his first touch and pummelled the ball past Zancopè with his second to round off a clinical move (0-2). Four minutes later the two coaches rang the changes, the rock-solid Chiellini making way for Legroattaglie, and Shwoch replaced by the young Paonessa in the Vicenza attack. Camoranesi relieved Marchionni on 71 minutes but the substitution came just as the home side were battling their way back into the game. In the 72nd minute, Nastos rose highest at the back post and it took another good save from Buffon to stop him from converting Paonessa’s cross. A minute later and they had pulled one back, Nastos bringing the ball under control in the visitors’ box and arrowing a splendid effort into the far side of the goal. Buffon was left rooted to the spot (1-2). Cavalli replaced Raimondi as Vicenza grew in confidence and in the 78th minute, they drew level; Foti headed a deep cross back across goal and the substitute Paonessa raced in unmarked to head home the equaliser (2-2). As the game entered its last ten minutes, Deschamps threw on Trezeguet in place of Zanetti to salvage the lead but having clawed their way back into the match, Vicenza weren’t going to throw away their share of the points without a fight. Del Piero had two set-pieces in dangerous areas as the full-time whistle loomed but he couldn’t find his range and Zancopè remained untroubled. It was end to end football as they entered time added on but both sides held their nerve to keep the score line at 2-2.


GOALS: Palladino 6’, Del Piero 60’, Nastos 73’, Paonessa 78’
BOOKED: Nastos 15’, Helguera 40’, Zanetti 43’, Trezeguet 88’, Legrottaglie 90’

VICENZA: Zancopè; Martinelli, Scardina, Cudini, Nastos; Rigoni, Helguera, Raimondi (Cavalli 74’); Padoin; Foti (Fissore 84’), Schwoch (Paonessa 64’).
Subs: Sterchele, Viskovic, Castiglia, Zanini
Coach: Gregucci.

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Chiellini (Legrottaglie 64’), Piccolo, Balzaretti; Marchionni (Camoranesi 71’), Zanetti (Trezeguet 82’), Paro, Nedved; Del Piero, Palladino.
Subs: Mirante, Venitucci, Zalayeta, Bojinov.
Coach: Deschamps.

REFEREE: Tagliavento (Terni).
ASSISTANTS: Ghiandai & Cini.
4TH OFFICIAL: Corletto



 

Spezia - Juventus: 1-1

Serie B Tim - 27 Jan 2007 - 6:02 PM

The Bianconeri travelled to La Spezia in search of their third straight championship win and the albeit symbolic crown of ‘winter champions’. Deschamps made just one change to the side which dispatched Bari in the previous round, welcoming back Buffon between the sticks in place of Mirante.

Spezia made an energetic start to the game, chasing down every ball and denying Juventus space in the final third. Zanetti registered the away side’s first effort on goal, blazing an ambitious volley wide of Santoni’s right post in the 4th minute from thirty yards out. The Bianconeri hovered menacingly but it was the Ligurians who threatened first, Guidetti losing his marker in the box on the quarter hour mark and forcing Giannichedda into a last-ditch sliding tackle as he prepared to pull the trigger. Juventus reacted well and began to impose themselves on the game, Birindelli serving up Trezeguet with a swerving cross on 18 minutes; the Frenchman rose highest but couldn’t direct his header either side of Santoni. A Nedved cross in the 29th minute saw Del Piero head inches wide at the far post but Spezia were organised and determined at the back, cheered on by the enthusiastic home crowd. Paro came close in the 37th minute, his powerful effort deflected over the bar by the Spezia defender, but Juventus were unable to carve out any clear cut chances. As the Bianconeri grew frustrated, the home side found their feet, taking the lead on 39 minutes with a textbook goal; Do Prado found the head of Confalone with an inch-perfect cross and the midfielder made no mistake, powering his effort past Buffon from near the penalty spot (0-1). Buffon came out on top of a one-on-one with Guidetti minutes later, keeping the visitors in the game as they prepared for an earful from Deschamps at the break.

Santoni pulled-off a marvellous reflex save to deny Trezeguet on the volley four minutes into the second half; the Frenchman tried his luck on the rebound but his effort was blocked once more. Spezia retaliated with a clever piece of play, opening up the Juventus defence on 52 minutes and forcing Buffon into a fine double save, first from Confalone, then Guidetti. Do Prado picked up an injury shortly after being booked and was replaced by Baù in the 57th minute, the substitute blazing a wayward shot wide of the goal with his first touch. Nedved looked to inject some energy and invention into the Juve attack but the visitors’ link-up play lacked cohesion in the final third. The game grew in tempo and the Bianconeri’s perseverance began to pay dividends as they ground down the home defence. Piccolo headed just over in the 61st minute, latching onto a deep Birindelli free-kick, and moments later Camoranesi had a golden chance to level the scores; the midfielder shed his marker and raced into the penalty area but couldn’t direct his effort past the unflappable Santoni. Padoin replaced Guidetti as Spezia began to retreat but Juventus kept on coming, Nedved and Balzaretti trying their luck as the game entered its final third. Palladino added some pace in attack, taking the field in place of Paro but the Bianconeri’s next substitution was a forced one, De Ceglie entering the fray in place of the injured Birindelli in the 78th minute. The game took an unexpected turn seconds later with Giannichedda sent-off for a second bookable offence. Ten man Juve did well to keep their momentum but their efforts to find an equaliser left them exposed at the back. It took another great save from Buffon to deny Confalone on 84 minutes, and he repeated the trick as the game entered time added on, denying Baù at the near post. Deschamps made his last throw of the dice right at the death, sending on Marchionni in place of Camoranesi, but Juventus looked doomed to their second defeat of the season. But with seconds left on the clock, Nedved did the unthinkable, equalising in dramatic style with a right-footed piledriver from the edge of the box.
The heroic Santoni dived to his left but it wasn’t enough, ten man Juventus had salvaged a point out of the jaws of defeat (1-1).

GOALS: Confalone 39’, Nedved 90+3’

BOOKED: 32' Confalone, 54' Do Prado, 56' Birindelli, 60' Gorzegno, 69' Paro, 70' and 79' Giannichedda
SENT OFF: 79' Giannichedda

SPEZIA: Santoni; Nicola, Giuliano, Addona, Gorzegno; Saverino, Guidetti (Padoin 71’), Confalone, Frara, Do Prado (Caù 57’); Varricchio
Subs: Rotoli, Grieco, Rossi, Ponzo, Alessi
Coach: Soda

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli (De Ceglie 78’), Piccolo, Giannichedda, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 90+1’), Zanetti, Paro (Palladino 70’), Nedved; Trezeguet, Del Piero
Subs: Mirante, Legrottaglie, Marchisio, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

Referee: Rocchi (Florence)
Assistants: Alvino-Angrisani

Juventus - Bari: 4-2

Serie B Tim - 20 Jan 2007 - 5:59 PM

The injury woes which have characterised the Bianconeri’s season so far looked to have reached a turning point as Deschamps’ men lined-up to face Bari at the Olimpico. The Frenchman welcomed back Giannichedda, Zanetti and Nedved to the starting eleven, while there were places for Legrottaglie and Marchionni on the bench. Giannichedda was paired with Piccolo in an improvised central defensive partnership and Mirante kept his place between the sticks in place of the injured Buffon.

The game opened in extraordinary fashion. There was not yet a minute on the clock when Santoruvo ghosted into the box unmarked and tapped home Di Vicino’s cut-back from the byline. The Juventus defenders looked to the linesman but the Bari striker was on-side (0-1). The response from the home side was an extended period of sustained pressure, with Bari pinned back firmly in their own half. Camoranesi brought the crowd to their feet with a thirty yard run in the 8th minute, scything through the Bari back line and switching defence to attack with murderous efficiency. The pressure was mounting and in the 10th and 11th minutes, Del Piero and Trezeguet forced Gillet into the first of a fine string of saves. Nedved followed suit on the quarter hour mark, fizzing the ball an inch or two wide of the Bari keeper’s left post. Having taken the lead, Bari were determined to deny Juventus any space in the final third but the Bianconeri were in full throttle and just kept on coming. Gillet was playing the game of his life and the only respite he seemed to get was the brief pause which accompanied the substitution of the injured Esposito in the 22nd minute. Camoranesi tested him again with a header from fifteen yards out and Trezeguet was sniffing around the box menacingly, challenging the Bari number one for every rebound. It was only a matter of time and in the 34th minute, Juventus got what they richly deserved: the equaliser. Del Piero collected the ball in a wide position, dribbled inside and found Trezeguet in the middle with a clever cut-back; the Frenchman had been asking questions of the Bari defence all afternoon and in fitting style, he got ahead of his marker and converted with a predatory finish (1-1). Fired-up by the ignominy of conceding so early on, Juventus looked to make it two straight away. Gillet had to stay alert to snatch a Del Piero free-kick out of the air in the 36th minute and the captain was at it again a minute before the break, wriggling free in the box and smashing an effort into the side netting. Clichés aside, the crowd on the far side thought it was in. The pressure paid off a minute later as Nedved gave the Bianconeri the lead on the stroke of half time, taking the ball round two men and slotting past the stranded Gillet (2-1). The goal sealed the end of a remarkable come-back and gave Bari plenty to think about at the break.

Bari introduced Sgrigna at the interval and the substitute had an almost immediate impact, shaving Mirante’s left post in the 53rd minute with a piledriver from the right edge of the box. Juventus were lucky as Del Piero had squandered a good chance a minute earlier, holding onto the ball too long when he had players lining up in the middle. The tempo of the game was decidedly slower as the Bianconeri took a more measured approach and Marchionni replaced Camoranesi on the hour mark. A venomous long range effort from Carrus forced Mirante into a fine save on 61 minutes, a brief reminder there was more than one side out there this afternoon, but six minutes later the order was restored. On his 500th appearance for the Bianconeri, it was only right that Alessandro Del Piero find his way onto the score sheet and he did so with all the hall marks of a natural born goal scorer, plucking an unselfish Marchionni pass out of the air and finishing with deadly efficiency (3-1). The Bianconeri were clearly enjoying themselves and they added a fourth in the 73rd minute. Zanetti marked an impressive return with a delightful through ball to Nedved in the box. The Czech veteran finished off the move in style, lifting the ball over Gillet with the classiest of first touches (4-1).
With the clock running down, Deschamps brought on Marchisio and Bojinov in place of Zanetti and Del Piero, the captain receiving a standing ovation as he strode off the field. In the 87th minute the Bulgarian substitute came close to adding his name to the illustrious score sheet, racing onto a zippy pass from Nedved down the line, cutting inside and flashing a powerful effort across goal, but Gillet was on hand to make another great save. The Bianconeri knocked the ball around confidently, shielding their hefty lead but it was Bari who had the last say, Gervasoni drifting free at the back post and heading home a corner in the 89th minute. It was scant consolation though, as the men from Puglia had been thoroughly outplayed. Two wins in a row for the Bianconeri.

GOALS: Santoruvo 1’, Trezeguet 34’, Nedved 45’ 73’, Del Piero 67’, Gervasoni 89’

BOOKED: Camoranesi 17’, Carrus 32’, Rajcic 37’

JUVENTUS: Mirante; Birindelli, Piccolo, Giannichedda, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 59’), Paro, Zanetti (Marchisio 76’), Nedved; Del Piero (Bojinov 81’), Trezeguet
Subs: Belardi, Legrottaglie, De Ceglie, Palladino
Coach: Deschamps

BARI: Gillet; Micolucci, Milani (Gabbiani 71’), Pianu, Esposito (Gervasoni 22’); Scaglia, Bellavista, Rajcic, Di Vicino (Sgrigna 46’), Carrus; Santoruvo
Subs: Aldegani, Gazzi, Ganci, Fusani
Coach: Maran

REFEREE: De Marco (Chiavari)
ASSISTANTS: Milardi, Pascariello
4TH OFFICIAL: D’Alesio

Juventus - Cesena: 2-1

Serie B Tim - 16 Jan 2007 - 10:50 PM

The tragic loss of Alessio Ferramosca and Riccardo Neri will never be forgotten. One month on from that ill-fated December evening, the Bianconeri returned to the Olimpico for their rescheduled round 16 fixture with Cesena. The thoughts of all tonight were with the two boys and their families.

Juventus went into tonight’s match hungrier than ever for three precious championship points. Deschamps had described defeat against Mantova three days earlier as a “slap in the face” and was not likely to settle for anything less than victory as his team looked to make up ground on the league leaders. The Frenchman made no changes to the back four, while Palladino and Camoranesi returned to the starting line-up on the flanks. The injured Buffon was replaced by his young deputy Mirante between the sticks, and with a formidable 333 Bianconeri goals between them, Del Piero and Trezeguet were given the nod in attack.

The Bianconeri signalled their intent early on, monopolising possession and looking to get forward at every opportunity. In the 7th minute, Trezeguet flashed an effort narrowly over the bar on the turn but it wouldn’t have counted, he was off-side. The home side’s build-up play was patient but persistent and on 11 minutes, the ball found its way to Camoranesi ten yards outside the box; he tried to curl one into the top corner first time but he couldn’t keep his effort down. Cesena gave the Bianconeri a reminder of their own attacking qualities seconds later, sweeping up a Juventus attack and breaking from deep with pace. The move ended with Papa Waigo rifling a right-footer a yard or two wide of Mirante’s left post but it was enough to give the home side some food for thought. Five minutes later though, and Juventus were ahead. Cesena failed to deal with a deep angled ball into the box from Birindelli and Palladino was there on the byeline to send it back across goal. Turci palmed away the winger’s cross, but only as far as Del Piero who duly smashed home the opener from close range (1-0). On 21 minutes Del Core tried a powerful drive from outside the box; Mirante could only parry and it took a timely intervention from Kovac to deny Papa Wiago on the rebound. Juventus continued to pose questions for the visitors’ back line and in the 25th minute they doubled their lead in glorious style. Del Piero rolled the ball out wide to Balzaretti in a seemingly innocuous position but the fullback’s first time cross was a masterpiece, perfectly weighted towards the near post with a touch of outswing. In trademark fashion, Trezeguet snuck in front of his marker and glanced his header into the far side of the net (2-0). Cesena might have pulled one back three minutes later but Doudou sent a free header over the bar from a well-placed Salvetti corner. Unable to shake off an injury, the Cesena captain’s evening ended shortly after as he made way for Lazzari. The Bianconeri very nearly made it three on 37 minutes. Balzaretti was the architect of another devilish cross but this time he sent a deep ball towards the far side of the box; Camoranesi volleyed the ball back across goal and it was only a matter of inches that separated Del Piero’s quick-fire effort from the inside of Turci’s right post. Juventus continued to command possession and it was a frustrated, and captainless, Cesena that entered the tunnel at the break.

Juventus began the second half in merciless fashion, Marchisio letting rip from thirty yards out moments after kick-off and forcing Turci into a fine diving save. On 49 minutes, Palladino found himself in acres of space out on the left wing. He hurtled into the box and, with players queuing up in the middle, tried his luck at the near post with a cheeky toe poke; Turci did well to get down low and concede a corner. The Bianconeri were brimming with confidence as they began to pick-off Cesena with a master class in incisive link-up play, the highlight of which was a forty-yard cross field pass with the outside of the boot by the effervescent Camoranesi, but the chances weren’t going in. Firmly pinned back and close to conceding a third, Cesena were handed a lifeline in the 62nd minute. The Juventus defence failed to deal with a long pass from midfield and, under pressure from Birindelli and Kovac, Papa Waigo managed to nod the ball over the oncoming Mirante and pull one back for the visitors (2-1). Four minutes later and the game was turned on its head completely. As Juventus sought to reassert their dominance, Zebina saw red and was given his marching orders by the referee. Deschamps responded by making two tactical changes in quick succession, bringing on Piccolo and De Ceglie in place of Camoranesi, but Cesena were now firmly back in the match. Palladino continued to prove a useful outlet on the wing, full of running and attacking verve, but as the game entered its final ten minutes it was more a question of who could hold their nerve for longest. Spaces opened up all over the park as the clock wound down and the ten-man Bianconeri were forced to retreat as they looked to defend their lead. Cesena threw all they had at the home side in a scrappy finale but it wasn’t enough. Juventus had shown the blend of technical flair and grit and determination that Deschamps had asked for. 2-1.


GOALS: Del Piero 17’, Trezeguet 25’, Papa Waigo 62’

BOOKED: Anastasi 7’, Del Piero 74’, Mezavilla 80’, Marchisio 82’, Lazzari 83’
SENT-OFF: Zebina 66’


JUVENTUS: Mirante; Birindelli, Kovac (De Ceglie 71’), Zebina, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Piccolo 67’), Paro, Marchisio, Palladino; Del Piero, Trezeguet
Subs: Belardi, Venitucci, Guzman, Bojinov, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps

CESENA: Turci; Biserni, Zaninelli, Doudou, Lauro; Anastasi (Mezavilla 63’), De Feudis (Virdis 80’), Salvetti (Lazzari 32’); Papa Waigo, Pellè, Del Core
Subs: Sarti, Sabato, Ola, Bracaletti
Coach: Castori


REFEREE: Banti (Livorno)
ASSISTANTS: Carretta, Rosi

Mantova - Juventus: 1-0

Serie B Tim - 13 Jan 2007 - 6:00 PM

The last time these two sides met was back in March 1972. The game finished 1-1 that day, and while Juventus went on to claim the title, Mantova were relegated to Serie B. Like the Bianconeri, the home side’s ambitions lie at the business end of the table this year, and this afternoon’s game promised to be a lively affair as a sell-out crowd lined up to watch the first championship engagement of 2007. Deschamps was without Boumsong, Chiellini, Zanetti and Palladino (all victims of the ill-fated clash at the San Siro last weekend) and went for a 4-3-1-2 line up, with Kovac and Zebina in the centre of defence and an attacking trio of Del Piero, Trezeguet and Zalayeta.

It was the home side who carved out the first chance of a tentative first ten minutes, Bernacci finding himself in space on the edge of the box in the 6th minute and dragging a rushed shot wide of Buffon’s right post. Despite their best endeavours, neither side were able to string together anything meaningful over the first quarter of an hour; a wayward header from Godeas was the pick of the home side’s efforts, while at the other end, Del Piero conducted the play for the Bianconeri with authority. In the 19th minute it was the captain himself who provided Trezeguet with the first chance of the game for Juventus, but the Frenchman failed to connect on the volley as the ball flashed across the box at pace. It was a scrappy affair, with possession changing hands regularly, but as the minutes ticked away, Mantova began to ask questions of the Bianconeri defence. Zebina needed to stay alert on 23 minutes, clearing a dangerous Godeas cross from danger, and it took a vital intervention from Balzaretti in the 38th minute to divert Bernacci’s effort over the bar after some neat play from Caridi out on the right. Del Piero tested Brivio with a long-range effort on the stroke of half time but there was no way through. 0-0 at the break.


There were no changes from either side at the interval but the inertia didn’t last for long as the home side took the lead on 53 minutes. Caridi angled a high ball into the box from deep and, under pressure from two Bianconeri defenders, Bernacci brought the ball under control and poked a low effort past Buffon to open the scoring (1-0). Deschamps played his first tactical move of the afternoon four minutes later, taking off Piccolo and replacing him with Camoranesi. The substitution had an immediate impact as Juventus began to take the game by the scruff of the neck. On 61 minutes Camoranesi latched onto a Zalayeta cross and flicked the ball across goal with the back of his heel. Del Piero raced in at the far post but the Mantova defender got there just in time. Two minutes later, the captain was involved once again, rolling the ball through to Trezeguet deep in the home side’s area; the Frenchman rounded Brivio with his first touch but having left himself with the narrowest of angles, he was unable to direct the ball between the sticks. Mantova were forced to make a change on 68 minutes, the injured Sommese making way for Tarana. With twenty minutes to go, it took some good defending from Kovac to glance the ball away from Bernacci in the danger area, and on 72 minutes, Godeas showed immaculate technique to slam a bicycle-kick against Buffon’s bar from fifteen yards out. The tempo increased dramatically as the game entered its closing stages. On 73 minutes, Camoranesi served Trezeguet in the area and it took some desperate defending from Mantova to hack away the Frenchman’s header on the goal line. Buffon was forced to withdraw though injury and was replaced by Mirante in the 79th minute as the Bianconeri poured numbers forward. Caridi made way for Spinale on 82 minutes as Di Carlo made his final change of the afternoon (Noselli had replaced Bernacci in the 76th minute), introducing another set of fresh legs to break down the Juventus wave of attacks. The Bianconeri piled on the pressure but Mantova maintained their concentration at the back, sweeping up the danger. Deschamps threw on De Ceglie for Birindelli in the dying minutes and with only seconds left on the clock, Paro found Del Piero free in the box with a curling cross; the captain made space for himself with his first touch but with the whole goal to aim at, he fired the ball inches over Brivios’ bar. It was the last throw of the dice for the Bianconeri as seconds later, referee Giannoccaro brought proceedings to a halt. 1-0 to Mantova.

GOALS: Bernacci 53’

BOOKED: Birindelli 69’, Notari 75’, Spinale 88’

MANTOVA: Brivio; Sacchetti, Notari, Cristante, Mezzanotti; Sommese (Tarana 68’), Grauso, Doga, Caridi (Spinale 82’); Bernacci (Noselli 76’), Godeas
Subs: Bellodi, Di Cesare, Altinier, Brambilla
Coach: Di Carlo

JUVENTUS: Buffon (Mirante 79’); Birindelli, Kovac, Zebina, Balzaretti; Piccolo (Camoranesi 57’), Paro, Marchisio; Del Piero, Trezeguet, Zalayeta
Subs: Urbano, De Ceglie, Venitucci, Guzman, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

REFEREE: Giannoccaro

Juventus-Arezzo: 2-2

Serie B Tim - 22 Dec 2006 - 10:44 PM

Juventus returned to the Olimpico this evening for their final game of 2006. Under Deschamps the Bianconeri had enjoyed an 100% record at home this season, and with the winter break lying just around the corner, they were looking to avoid any slip ups. The Frenchman signalled his intentions with a starting line-up which included the attacking quartet of Palladino, Del Piero, Zalayeta and Trezeguet, while Chiellini retained his place at the heart of the defence alongside Boumsong.


Juventus made a confident start to the game but it was Arezzo who threatened first, Floro Flores working an opening on the edge of the box in the 3rd minute and firing inches wide of Buffon’s right post. The Bianconeri quickly set about dominating possession and by the ten minute mark, Arezzo were firmly pinned back into their own half. With 15 minutes on the clock, Juventus almost found the opening they were looking for. A rapid counter-attack left Balzaretti in acres of space on the left wing; the fullback feathered a diagonal ball into a crammed Arezzo penalty area but with Bremec stranded, Del Piero could only find the crossbar with his angled header. The pressure began to mount but as the home side ventured increasingly further into the Arezzo half, gaps opened up at the back. The Tuscans looked eager on the counter-attack but Chiellini and Boumsong maintained their focus to snuff out the danger. Juventus were looking to break forward at every opportunity and on 26 minutes, they came close once more. Del Piero broke down the left wing and played a sublime pass to Palladino on the far side with the outside of his boot; the ball skipped up off the wet playing surface as Palladino brought the pass under control and, with Bremec hurtling off his line to close him down, he sent his snap shot inches over the bar. The visitors rolled up their sleeves and began to edge their way back into the match, Bondi covering acres of ground in the midfield, but it was a dangerous tactic with Juventus so hungry for goals. Zalayeta, Boumsong and Paro all had efforts on a goal as the Bianconeri extinguished the Tuscan threat and took an iron grip on the game, but Bremec kept his cool in the Arezzo goal. On the stroke of half time, the impressive Palladino delivered another sublime cross in from the right wing; Zalayeta got there first, but with Bremec beaten, he couldn’t keep his glancing header under the bar. It was the last action of a pulsating first half.

The Bianconeri wheeled out the artillery once more as they looked to resume their assault on the Arezzo goal. Three minutes into the second half Palladino skipped past his marker and fired a low pass into the six yard box; Bremec spilled the ball under pressure at his near post and pawed the ball out for a corner with Trezeguet bearing down on the rebound. Juventus were in ruthless form, dominating across the park, and for large spells of the game Arezzo did not have a single player in the Bianconeri half. In the 57th minute Balzaretti presented Trezeguet with a golden opportunity, sending an inch-perfect cross in from the left; the Frenchman got his head to it but couldn’t direct the ball inside Bremec’ left post. A minute later he made amends. Birindelli curled the ball infield from out on the right and, freed up by a superb Palladino dummy, the Frenchman had time to pick his spot, thumping the ball home from the edge of the box (1-0). It took the Bianconeri just seven minutes to register their second. An exemplary team move finished with Trezeguet threading the ball out to an unmarked Palladino on the right; the winger touched the ball on and fired the ball into the far side of the goal past a helpless Bremec (2-0). Deschamps replaced Zanetti with Marchisio on 67 minutes, and Arezzo made some changes of their own, sending on Martinetti and Lombardi on in place of Volpato and Bondi. Juventus continued to hammer away and Trezeguet almost made it three in the 76th minute, chesting down Birindelli’s long ball inside the box and firing narrowly wide on the half-volley. It was a miss he would live to regret. The Bianconeri dropped the tempo to defend the lead and in doing so allowed Arezzo to advance increasingly forward. In the 80th minute Boumsong brought down Floro Flores in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. The substitute Martinetti made no mistake as the Tuscans clawed their way back into the match (2-1). On 83 minutes the unthinkable happened. Juventus had begun to attack in numbers once more and the space left open at the back was exploited in lethal fashion as Martinetti latched onto Croce’s cross and headed home the equaliser (2-2). Juventus rolled up their socks and threw everyone forward, hammering away for an elusive winner. The Tuscans defended bravely but in the 90th minute they were reduced to ten men as Terra saw red for an ugly challenge as the Bianconeri looked to move the ball quickly out of defence. As the game entered time added on, there was not a single player from either side in the Juve half, Buffon excluded. Juventus moved the ball left and right, desperately seeking a chink of light in the Arezzo area but referee Celi’s whistle came all too soon. Arezzo were going home with a precious point while the Bianconeri were left to rue what might have been.


GOALS: Trezeguet 58’, Palladino 65’, Martinetti (pen.) 80’ 83’

BOOKED: Del Piero 39’, Floro Flores 40’, Ranocchia 59’

SENT-OFF: Terra 90’

 

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Palladino, Paro, Zanetti (Marchisio 67’), Del Piero; Trezeguet, Zalayeta
Subs: Mirante, Piccolo, Zebina, De Ceglie, Guzman, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

AREZZO: Bremec; Barbagli, Ranocchia, Terra, Capelli (Conte 82’); Rosselli, Croce, Bondi (Lombardi 67’), Di Donato; Floro Flores, Volpato (Martinetti 67’)
Subs: Marconato, Goretti, Chiappara, Simonetta
Coach: Sarri

REFEREE: Celi
ASSISTANTS: Masotti, Chiocchi
4TH OFFICIAL: Vivenzi


 

Bologna - Juventus: 0-1

Serie B Tim - 19 Dec 2006 - 10:25 PM

As a tribute to Alessio Ferramosca and Riccardo Neri, the two boys from the Berretti who tragically passed away last Friday, Juventus lined-up before kick-off in white shirts bearing their names.
In his press conference on Thursday, Didier Deschamps had admitted that “football counts for little” in times like these, but win or lose, the Bianconeri were determined to give their all for Alessio and Riccardo from first to last.

Bologna enjoyed a three point advantage over Juventus coming into the clash, but with a game in hand, a win tonight would give the Bianconeri a commanding position at the top of the table. Didier Deschamps welcomed back Zanetti and Del Piero to the starting line-up, while Chiellini moved into the centre of defence in place of Kovac. There was also a place for David Trezeguet on the bench, returning to the squad after more than three weeks on the sidelines.

Wearing black armbands in honour of Alessio and Riccardo, Juventus made a high-tempo start to the game. Balzaretti and Zebina surged forward during the early exchanges but it took a quarter of an hour for the Bianconeri to carve out their first chance of the game, Del Piero testing Antonioli with a powerful right-footed effort from the edge of the box. At the other end, Bellucci was finding his range and in the 25th minute he clipped the ball over his man and forced Buffon into a spectacular reflex save at his near post. Juventus’ reply was almost immediate with Antonioli diving across to deny Zalayeta a thirty-yard screamer seconds later. Some wayward defending by Brisochi gave Del Piero some shooting practice on the half hour mark, but the captain was unable to find the target with either set-piece. The captain came agonisingly close on 39 minutes, but he couldn’t apply a touch after Paro had found him free at the back post with a delightful first-time flick. The talisman made up for the missed chance with some incisive dribbling down the left wing but the half ended on a rather less positive note with Camoranesi forced to withdraw through injury a minute from the break. The winger was replaced by Birindelli and the substitute just had time to watch Del Piero curl another free-kick inches wide of Antonioli’s right post before referee Messina sent the teams into the tunnel for the interval.

As with the first half, the Bianconeri looked to boss possession early on but the Bologna back line held firm. Juventus did manage to pull the Rossoblù apart in the 56th minute, but Zanetti’s conclusion from outside the box was off-target. Bologna began to retreat and the Bianconeri came close again on 59 minutes, Zanetti latching onto the end of Zalayeta’s curling cross and angling a powerful header towards goal. The midfielder was only a fingertip away from breaking the deadlock as the outstretched Antonioli dived across to tip the ball over the bar. Boumsong came close from the resulting corner, but the Bologna goalkeeper was alert to the danger once more, saving on his goal-line as the Juventus strikers looked to pounce. The pressure was mounting and in the 71st minute, Deschamps threw on Trezeguet in place of Del Piero. Two minutes later and the Bianconeri took the lead. Balzaretti raced down the left wing and curled a deep cross into the area; Zalayeta burst into the box, chested the ball under control and smashed the ball into the back of the net off the underside of the bar (0-1). With ten minutes left on the clock, Ulivieri made a double-substitution and seconds later, Marchisio relieved Zanetti. As the game drew to a close the Rossoblù threw everyone forward in a desperate search for an equaliser, but Juventus weathered the storm to close out the game with their goal in tact.

GOALS: Zalayeta 73’

BOOKED: Brioschi 21’, Zalayeta 28’, Balzaretti 53’, Bellucci 73’, Palladino 77’, Della Rocca 90’, Zebina 90+2’

BOLOGNA: Antonioli; Brioschi, Castellini, Terzi; Filippini (Meghni 80’), Mingazzini, Amoroso, Smit; Zauli, Marazzina (Della Rocca 80’), Bellucci
Subs: Colombo, Daino, Mezzano, Morosini, Manfredini
Coach: Ulivieri

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina, Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Birindelli 44’), Zanetti (Marchisio 81’), Paro, Palladino; Zalayeta, Del Piero (Trezeguet 71’)
Subs: Mirante, Kovac, Guzman, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

REFEREE: Messina (Bergamo)

Juventus - Verona 1-0

Serie B Tim - 09 Dec 2006 - 5:48 PM

Lying just a point off top spot in the 2006/07 Serie B championship, the Bianconeri came into this afternoon’s game looking to extend their unbeaten record with a seventh straight home win. Deschamps welcomed back Del Piero, Piccolo, Zebina and Zalayeta to the squad after injury lay-offs, pairing the latter up front with Palladino in a dangerous looking attack. The suspended Nedved was replaced by Bojinov on the left wing, while Chiellini and Zebina took their places in the left and right fullback positions.

True to form Juventus set off in a high gear, looking to supply Zalayeta with ammunition in the Verona penalty area, but it was the away side who caused an early scare, Iunco sneaking into the box with a late run in the 8th minute and blasting his effort just wide of the left post. It took the Bianconeri quarter of an hour before they took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Bojinov coming agonisingly close to opening the scoring on the 15 minute mark. The Bulgarian showed good strength and balance to work his way past three defenders and into the box, but he couldn’t direct his effort the right side of Pegolo’s bar. The home side continued to apply the pressure but Verona were closing down well and there was little room to manoeuvre in final third. Palladino almost broke the deadlock on 26 minutes, thumping the bar with a right-footed pile driver from twenty-five yards out and five minutes later Zalayeta came close, blasting a powerful shot across the face of goal from a tight angle, but the scores remained level. Camoranesi continued probing with angled balls from deep but the Gialloblù kept their cool at the back, answering the questions posed by the insistent Bianconeri. In added time at the end of the half, it was Camoranesi who came inches within setting the game alight, smashing a tremendous volley just wide of the left post from inside the box, but the half ended all square.

The Bianconeri started the second half with their tails up, Zalayeta racing into the box and forcing Pegolo to save with his legs with a tricky grass-cutter from just inside the box. The Uruguayan headed over from the resulting corner, and a minute later Zebina suffered the same fate, sending his effort a foot wide of the right post from another set-piece. Juventus were relentless as they went in search of the opener and in the 54th minute, their efforts were rewarded, Camoranesi latching onto a floated Palladino cut-back and heading in from ten yards out (1-0). It was exactly what the game needed and as the Bianconeri faithful breathed a collective sigh of relief, the players quickly set about chasing a second. On 63 minutes Del Piero relieved Bojinov in the Juventus attack and the captain’s impact was almost immediate, supplying Camoranesi with a perfectly weighted cross a minute later and watching as his fellow international headed just over the bar. On 68 minutes it was Del Piero himself who threatened to double the lead, forcing Pegolo into a diving save with a curling effort from the edge of the box. The captain was in the thick of it once more in the 75th minute, forcing another save from the Verona number with an angled header. Pegolo palmed the ball back into danger and it took a crucial tackle from the Verona defender to stop Zebina side-footing into the back of the empty net. De Ceglie replaced Zalayeta in the 79th minute and seconds later, Del Piero smashed a powerful first time effort a hair’s breadth wide of the busy Pegolo’s right post. Juventus were in full command of the game with the Gialloblù pegged back into their own half in a brave attempt at damage limitation. With the game as good as won, Deschamps handed a debut to Piccolo, taking off Marchisio with three minutes to go. As the game drew to a close, Buffon wowed the crowd with some showboating, dribbling past Nieto in his own box and launching the ball clear. It was one of very few occasions he actually touched the ball and the one-sided affair was brought to an end moments later with the Bianconeri victorious by a solid goal to nil.


GOALS: Camoranesi 54’

BOOKED: Zebina 58’, Cossu 62’

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina, Boumsong, Kovac, Chiellini; Camoranesi, Marchisio (Piccolo 88’), Paro, Palladino; Zalayeta (De Ceglie 79’), Bojinov (Del Piero 63’)
Subs: Mirante, Urbano, Venitucci, Guzman
Coach: Deschamps

VERONA: Pegolo; Pedrelli, Perticone, Turati (Comazzi 77’); Mancinelli, Italiano Mazzola (Nieto 53’), Guarente (Greco 63’), Pulzetti; Iunco, Cossu
Subs: Loschi, Cutolo, Dianda, Magliocchetti
Coach: Ficcadenti

REFEREE: Pierpaoli
ASSISTANTS: Altomare, Sacco
4TH OFFICIAL: Nicodano

Genoa - Juventus 1-1

Serie B Tim - 01 Dec 2006 - 10:41 PM

A sell-out crowd was promised at the Marassi tonight for the eagerly anticipated promotion showdown between Genoa and Juventus. While the Rossoblù were looking to get their promising season back on course, a win tonight for the Bianconeri would see them claim top spot for the first time this term. With Del Piero, Trezeguet, Zanetti and several other big names still unavailable through injury, coach Didier Deschamps kept faith in the youngsters who crafted the magnificent turn around against Lecce six days go. Last week’s goal scorers Palladino and Bojinov were paired in attack for the second game in a row, while Marchisio retained his place in the centre of midfield. Gigi Buffon, who received the Fifpro award for world’s best goalkeeper (as voted for by 43000 professionals across the globe) before kick-off, returned to the Juventus line-up after serving his one match suspension. The evening also saw Gianluca Pessotto take his post as Bianconeri team manager for the very first time.

The game kicked-off with a high tempo. Neither side were holding back, throwing men forward early on in search of the opening goal. In just the 4th minute, the Bianconeri had a goal ruled out for off-side. Genoa failed to deal with a Juventus corner, clearing the ball only as far as Marchisio on the edge of the box. The midfielder drove the ball back towards goal and Palladino got a foot to it, diverting Marchisio’s effort into the back of the net. The striker’s celebrations were cut short though by the linesman’s flag raised on the far side. Genoa were full of running and Buffon did well to deny Coppola in the 7th minute, parrying the midfielder’s effort wide for a corner. Camoranesi came close to opening the scoring two minutes later, pouncing on a mistake by Fabiano in the Genoa penalty area, but Barasso was there to save his powerful right-footed effort. The pace of the game was relentless as the Rossoblù threw men forward in search of a goal. It took some strong defending from the Bianconeri to keep the home side out but on the half hour mark, Genoa were inches away from taking the lead. Fabiano crossed in from the left and it took a last minute intervention from Balzaretti to deflect Adailton’s header over the bar. Genoa won a penalty from the resulting corner after Longo went down in the box. With 35 000 eyes willing the ball in, Buffon rose to the challenge, tipping Adailton’s effort onto his left post and making the take second time round. Juventus looked to work their way back into the game with Palladino and Bojinov combining well in the final third but Genoa kept their cool at the back. At the other end, Fabiano and Adailton both came close as the half drew to a close but the two teams entered the tunnel at the break with clean sheets to their name.

The second half began in rather less frenetic style. Genoa were sitting deeper than they were in the first period, giving the Bianconeri more time to get their passing game going. Juventus were controlling possession but it was Genoa who drew the first blood of the half, Coppola forcing a fine save from Buffon with a powerful left-footed effort in the 53rd minute. The Bianconeri began to increase the pressure and in the 66th minute Bojinov wrestled the ball from De Rosa and thumped the ball towards goal with his right-boot. Berasso made a great save to deny him the opener and three minutes later, it was Genoa’s turn to set pulses racing, Adailton heading just wide from a Greco cross. In the 70th minute, the Genoa number one was there again to parry a dangerous header from Nedved, but his luck ran out a minute later. Nedved was fouled on the left edge of the box and he made no mistake with the resulting set-piece, firing the ball into the far corner of the goal to give Juventus the lead (0-1). The Bianconeri’s advantage lasted just three minutes, Juric equalising for the home side with a clever finish after latching onto a Greco flick-on (1-1). The goal completely changed the complexion of the game as both sides upped the tempo. Juventus began to dominate and in the 80th minute, Nedved came close to adding a second, firing a powerful effort just wide of the left post. Genoa were threatening on the counter but as the clock wound down it was the Bianconeri who looked most likely to secure the win, hammering away repeatedly at the Genoa back line. The Rossoblù held firm though, and the away side’s frustrations culminated in a sending-off for Nedved right at the death. Juventus were forced to play out the remaining seconds with ten men before referee Farina finally brought proceedings to a halt.


GOALS: Nedved 71’, Juric 74’

BOOKED: Birindelli 31’, Greco 36’, De Rosa 55’, Paro 57’, Balzaretti 59’, Nedved 80’, Zebina 88’
SENT-OFF: Nedved 90+3’


GENOA: Barasso; Bega, De Rosa, Criscito; Botta, Coppola, Longo (Diogo 72’), Fabiano (Stellini 78’); Adailton, Juric (Zeytulaev 82’), Greco
Subs: Rubinho, Biasi, Lopez, , Forestieri
Coach: Gasperini

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli (Zebina 81’), Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti; Camoranesi, Paro, Marchisio, Nedved; Bojinov, Palladino
Subs: Mirante, Chiellini, De Ceglie, Venitucci, Guzman, Maniero
Coach: Deschamps

REFEREE: Farina
ASSISTANTS: Stagnoli, Ambrosino
4TH OFFICIAL: Pinzani

Juventus - Lecce: 4-1

Serie B Tim - 25 Nov 2006 - 6:25 PM

Lying just one point off joint-leaders Piacenza and Napoli, a win today against Lecce and favourable results elsewhere would see Juventus take top spot for the first time this season. With injuries and suspensions Didier Deschamps called upon the Bianconeri’s promising crop of youngsters, Bojinov and Palladino pairing up in attack for the second weekend running, Marchisio returning to the centre of midfield and Mirante taking his place between the sticks in place of the suspended Buffon.

The game started at break-neck pace with both sides throwing men forward in an attempt to work an early opening. With 2 minutes on the clock, Giacomazzi played through Babù with a neat angled pass. The forward burst into the box but his touch was wayward and Mirante got there first to clear the danger. On 7 minutes, Balzaretti raced down the left wing, cut inside and fired a thunderous right footed effort goalbound from just outside the box. His shot struck the bar and fell to Camoranesi, but the right winger couldn’t keep his first-time shot down and the ball sailed over the bar for a goal-kick. Juventus were pressing hard for an opening but Lecce matched them for effort in midfield and the game remained scoreless. In the 16th minute the Bianconeri almost found the breakthrough they were looking for; Camoranesi spotted Bojinov unmarked in the box and rolled the ball to him from out on the right. The Bulgarian took one touch too many, giving Benussi time to race off his line and deflect the striker’s effort over the keeper’s head. The Lecce stopper raced back to palm the ball away and then stood tall once more as Nedved hurtled in and sent a snap-shot inches over the bar. Balzaretti tried to beat the Lecce keeper from distance minutes later but his effort was dealt with easily. As Juventus grew frustrated, the Giallorossi worked their way back into the game, testing the Bianconeri’s concentration with clever runs and quick link-up play. Vives and Valdes both tried their luck from long-range but Mirante was more than equal to the task. On the half-hour mark Schiavi went down injured and was replaced by Petras in defence. Possession changed hands constantly and it was hard for either side to build the play in the final third, speculative efforts from long-range being the order of the day. With the game locked in a stalemate, referee Gervasoni blew the half-time whistle (0-0).

Juventus were out of the dressing room early as they looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck. On 54 minutes Camoranesi found Bojinov in the area with a curled pass from the right wing; the striker raced on at pace and flashed his effort across the face of the goal. Lecce responded in fine fashion, Vives crossing in from the right and Giacomazzi heading just inches over the bar. Lecce continued to pressure and in the 61st minute Valdes dribbled into the box and placed a low shot narrowly wide of Mirante’s left post. A minute later and their hard work was finally rewarded, Angelo racing down the right wing and centring the ball to the substitute Osvaldo who was unmarked in the box. The striker made no mistake and gave the visitors a shock lead (0-1). Their advantage lasted just two minutes; Bojinov - who had been toiling hard all afternoon - stole the ball from Juliano on the edge of the area and placed a powerful and accurate drive past the helpless Benussi (1-1). The Bulgarian’s enthusiastic celebrations earned him a booking, Juliano’s mistake a substitution. Two minutes later and Diamoutene joined him in the changing rooms, sent-off for a second bookable offence. It was all Juventus now and on 70 minutes, Camoranesi sent a half-volley from fifteen yards just wide of Benussi’s right post. Two minutes later Marchisio released Palladino in the area and it took another fine stop by the Lecce number one to deny the Bianconeri a second. Moments later Kovac headed over from a Camoranesi corner and then, in the 74th minute,  Marchisio was replaced by debutant Venitucci as Juventus looked to exploit their numerical advantage with a set of fresh, young legs. That same minute, Juventus finally took the lead. Valery Bojinov stepped up to take a set-piece from a full forty yards out. No one in the stadium expected him to shoot but the young Bulgarian had other ideas, thumping an exocet missile into the top corner and leaving Benussi stunned (2-1). Jumping with joy, he raced the full length of the pitch to celebrate with the fans in the Curva Sud. The Bianconeri weren’t content with two and in the 81st minute Nedved found Palladino free in the box with a magic pass from the right. The striker took it past Benussi with his first touch but the Lecce defenders raced back to cut him off as he prepared to shoot. Chiellini came on for Balzaretti in the 83rd and in the 87th minute Palladino had another chance to double Juve’s lead. Camoranesi set him up with a one on one with Benussi and the Lecce man came out on top again, visibly relieved as Palladino place his effort wide of the goal. De Ceglie replaced Bojinov seconds later and the Bulgarian received a standing ovation from the Bianconeri faithful. A man down, and with tired legs all over the park, Lecce could do nothing to stop the wave of Juventus attacks. On 90 minutes, Palladino had yet another effort saved by the Lecce stopper but a minute later, he made amends; Camoranesi left his man for dead in the box and rolled the ball to the front man who was completely unmarked. He looked up and sent a low effort past Banussi to make it three and spark off ecstatic celebrations in the stands (3-1). Palladino could have had another in the third minute of additional time but a Camoranesi cross from the right just missed his head after he had launched himself horizontally at the ball. On 94’ minutes the turn around was complete, De Ceglie dribbling into the box and making no mistake with a powerful left-footed drive (4-1). Referee Gervasoni had seen enough and spared Lecce any further blushes with the full time whistle.

 

GOALS: Osvaldo 62’, Bojinov 64’ & 74’, Palladino 90+1’, De Ceglie 90+4’

BOOKED: Balzaretti 36’, Diamoutene 49’, Nedved 56’, Bojinov 65’, Vives 73’, Osvaldo 83’
SENT-OFF: Diamoutene 69’


JUVENTUS: Mirante; Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti (Chiellini 83’); Camoranesi, Paro, Marchisio (Venitucci 74’), Nedved; Bojinov (De Ceglie 87’), Palladino
Subs: Belardi, Urbano, Giovinco, Maniero
Coach: Deschamps

LECCE: Benussi; Angelo, Diamoutene, Schiavi (Petras 30’), Rullo; Giacomazzi, Juliano (Camorani 67’), Vives; Babù, Cozzolino (Osvaldo 61’), Valdes
Subs: Rosati, Polenghi, Caccavallo, Herzan
Coach: Zeman

REFEREE: Gervasoni
ASSISTANTS: Faverani, Vicinanza
4TH OFFICIAL: Pizzi

Albinoleffe - Juventus: 1-1

Serie B Tim - 18 Nov 2006 - 5:54 PM

Juventus travelled to fortress Bergamo looking to extend their eleven game unbeaten run, but with an unblemished home record to defend Albinoleffe were not going to be intimidated by the flying Bianconeri. Although Deschamps’ men were just two points off the top of the table coming into the  game, a series of high-profile injuries forced the Frenchman to play rather a different hand than usual. With the absences of Del Piero, Trezeguet, Zalayeta and Guzman, Bojinov and Palladino were called upon in attack to take the challenge to Albinoleffe. No changes in midfield from the victory over Pescara but Boumsong made his return to the heart of the Bianconeri defence after a fortnight’s injury lay-off.

Both sides looked to take control of possession early on but things were tight in the centre of the park. Camoranesi was industrious for the Bianconeri, asking questions of the home defence with his tricky runs and clever passes, but there was no way through. The Albinoleffe midfield was soaking up the pressure well and it took Juventus 16 minutes to carve out their first half chance, Birindelli finding Camoranesi with a slick pass between the defenders and Acerbis saving down the low as the winger let go from a tight angle. The Bianconeri began to raise the tempo but in the 24th minute the match took an unexpected turn. Garlini burst into the box and was brought down by Buffon. The referee pointed to the spot, the Juventus keeper was shown a red card and Deschamps hauled off the unlucky Bojinov to bring on Mirante between the sticks. Joelson stepped up to take the spot kick and he made no mistake, coolly slotting the ball past the newly introduced keeper (1-0). The goal was a wake-up call for the Bianconeri and they looked to make amends straight away. In the 32nd minute, Palladino found himself in space on the left hand side of the box, cut inside and tried to curl the ball into the far corner with his right boot. His effort was a few inches too high but Juventus were growing in confidence as they began to turn the screw. The home side flooded their own half with numbers, denying space for the ten-man Bianconeri and threatening on the counter, but Deschamps’ men did not give up. Zanetti sprayed passes left and right and Palladino was covering serious ground as he looked to pull the Albinoleffe defence apart and create space for Nedved and Camoranesi. On the stroke of half-time Ferrari burst into the Juventus area on the counter attack but his final product was poor, firing into the arms of Mirante from outside the area. That was only the home side’s second chance of the game, but while the Bianconeri’s domination of possession was unquestionable, they were unable to find a way through as referee Brighi brought the half to an end.

The Bianconeri picked where they left off at the end of the first period, playing with intensity and searching for the break through. Paro sat back, leaving space for Zanetti to roam and forcing Albinoleffe to retreat deep into their own half, and in the 52nd minute the Juventus pressure paid off. Balzaretti curled a low cross in from the left wing which evaded three defenders and the grasp of Acerbis, falling at the feet of the unmarked Palladino at the back post. The striker made no mistake from three yards out, levelling the scores for the Bianconeri (1-1). Albinoleffe were rattled, making two changes in ten minutes up front, and the game began to have a more even look about it. Juventus were working hard to make up for their one man disadvantage and in the 71st minute Palladino dribbled his way past two men out on the right touch line and found Camoranesi in space with a ball to feet. The winger controlled the pass but was blocked-off as he tried to jink round his man. Balzaretti and Nedved were waging their own personal war on the left wing, combining well as they looked to break the stale mate. Albinoleffe kept their cool though, defending well and hitting Juventus on the break. The substitute Cellini was their brightest attacking player, causing problems for the Bianconeri defence with pace and tricks, but there was no final product. The game drew to a close with neither side able to break the dead lock and in the 87th minute, Marchisio was brought on to relieve Zanetti and sure up the midfield with fresh legs. The game ended 1-1 but Deschamps could be content with the draw as his team had shown enormous character to fight their way back and equalise.

 

GOALS: Joelson 25’ (pen.), Palladino 52’

BOOKED: Innocenti 48’, Santos 53’, Camoranesi 73’, Colombo 86’
SENT OFF: Buffon 24’


ALBINOLEFFE: Acerbis; Innocenti, Donadoni, Santos, Garlini; Belingheri (Gori 53’), Del Prato, Poloni, Colombo; Joelson (Bonazzi 90+2’), Ferrari (Cellini 59’)
Subs: Marchetti, Previtali, Rabito, Cristiano
Coach: Mondonico (suspended)


JUVENTUS: Buffon, Birindelli, Boumsong, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Camoranesi, Paro, Zanetti (Marchisio 87’), Nedved; Bojinov (Mirante 25’), Palladino
Subs: Zebina, Kovac, De Ceglie, Urbano, Maniero
Coach: Deschamps


REFEREE: Brighi
ASSISTANTS: Biasutto, Fiore
4TH OFFICIAL: Zanardo


 

Juventus - Pescara 2-0

Serie B Tim - 11 Nov 2006 - 6:00 PM

After taking home a point from Monday’s clash with Napoli at the San Paolo, the Bianconeri returned to the Olimpico this afternoon with victory in their sights. A win against Pescara would see Juventus overtake Rimini in the standings and Didier Deschamps was taking no chances, recalling Kovac, Nedved and Trezeguet  - who all missed the trip to Naples - to the starting line-up. With the absences of Boumsong and Legrottaglie (who underwent surgery on his shoulder this week), Chiellini maintained his place at the heart of the defence, while up front, captain Del Piero looked to extend his impressive goal scoring streak after netting in each of the Bianconeri’s last three games.

Juventus asserted their authority early on, dominating possession and looking to breach the Pescara defence from a variety of angles. In the 6th minute, Nedved beat his man on the left wing and it took an athletic interception from Delli Carri to stop Del Piero from heading the Czech’s tantalising cross home on the edge of the six yard box. A minute later and a deflected pass from Camoranesi fell to Trezeguet on the edge of the box. The Frenchman tried his luck first time but his fierce effort skimmed just wide of the right post. Pescara held their line well but it was only a matter of time. In the 18th minute, Nedved received the ball on the edge of the area, cut inside, and curled a spectacular right-footed effort into the top right hand corner of the goal. Tardioli had no chance as the Czech opened the scoring for the Bianconeri (1-0). Juventus were not content with one and they continued to pile on the pressure. Trezeguet had an half-chance on 23 minutes but he was off balance as he attempted to shoot on the turn from close range. Del Piero limped off a minute later and was replaced by Bojinov, but the wave of Bianconeri attacks continued. In the 25th minute Gonnella came agonisingly close to putting the ball in his own net, chesting a devilish cross from Camoranesi inches wide of the left post, but the score remained 1-0. Three minutes later and Bojinov fed Trezeguet with an angled ball from the left edge of the box. The Frenchman tried a spectacular volley but his effort sailed high and over the bar. Birindelli, on the right, and Balzaretti, on the left, both maintained positions high up the pitch, peppering the Pescara penalty area with a series of crosses, but goalkeeper Tardioli was equal to the task, swatting away the fruits of Bianconeri’s ventures down the flanks with authority. Nedved tried to catch the Pescara keeper off-guard on the stroke of half-time but his low effort lacked the necessary power to trouble Tardioli. With Juventus encamped in the Pescara half, the referee blew his whistle, bringing the rather one-sided half to an end with the Bianconeri leading 1-0.

The pace of the game was decidedly slower as Juventus tried to exert their control on the second-half. Nedved was looking lively on the left, keeping Tardioli on his toes with his long range shooting and dangerous crosses, but the Pescara back line held firm. It wasn’t until the 57th minute that the Bianconeri finally doubled their lead. Camoranesi found Zanetti with a cross from the right wing, the midfielder played the ball first time to Nedved and the Czech winger made it two with a perfectly placed grass-cutter from the edge of the box (2-0). Pescara rang the changes but three sets of fresh legs couldn’t stop Juventus from dominating possession. On 63 minutes Camoranesi floated a delightful diagonal ball into the middle. Trezeguet hurtled into the box at pace but couldn’t make a decent connection with the winger’s pass, scuffing the ball into the arms of Tardioli. Four minutes later and it was Trezeguet again who came close to adding a third. Bojinov picked him out in the middle and the striker juggled the ball over his marker before attempting to lob the Pescara keeper from near the penalty spot. His effort travelled just wide of the right post but he wasn’t done there, exchanging passes with Bojinov in the 71st minute and forcing Tardioli to save down low just inside the Pescara area. It wouldn’t have counted though, he was off-side. On 77 minutes Birindelli made way for Zebina as Deschamps looked to play out the win. The intensity of the game was nothing like that of the first-half as Pescara resigned themselves to defeat and Juve began thinking about next week’s trip to Albinoleffe. Guzman replaced Nedved in the 84th minute, giving the architect of the victory a chance to receive the applause of the Bianconeri faithful before disappearing down the tunnel for a well-deserved hot bath. Pescara rallied as the game drew to a close but it was too little, too late. A memorable return to action for Nedved as the Bianconeri picked up three more points and leapfrogged Rimini into third place in the table.


GOALS: Nedved 18’, 57’

BOOKED: De Falco 31’

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli (Zebina 77’), Chiellini, Kovac, Balzaretti; Nedved (Guzman 84’), Zanetti, Paro, Camoranesi; Trezeguet, Del Piero (capt.) (Bojinov 24’)
Subs: Mirante, De Ceglie, Marchisio, Palladino, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

PESCARA: Tardioli; De Martis, Gonnella (Olivieri 66’), Delli Carri (capt.), De Falco; Luci, Carozza, Papini (Ferrante 57’); Antonelli, Rigoni; Martini (Gautieri 61’)
Subs: Spadavecchia, Moscardi, Aquilante, Felci
Coach: Ammazzalorso

REFEREE: Ciampi
ASSISTANTS: Cini, Bianchi
4TH OFFICIAL: Meli

Napoli – Juventus: 1-1

Serie B Tim - 06 Nov 2006 - 11:19 PM

Didier Deschamps had to make do without Kovac, Boumsong, Marchionni, Trezeguet and Nedved as he led his men to the Sao Paolo for the second time this season. Back in August, the home side had edged out the Bianconeri on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw in the third round of the Coppa Italia. A lot can change in two months and after nine championship games, Juventus came into the match just four points off the lead. A win tonight would put them joint second with Piacenza, a fraction behind leaders Genoa. Napoli, meanwhile, were looking to get their season back on track after a disappointing defeat to Albinoleffe the weekend before, and with a sell-out crowd expected in Naples, it promised to be a classic. Deschamps put his faith in Zalayeta up front, with Del Piero and Camoranesi roaming just behind. The Frenchman went for a three man midfield of Zanetti, Paro and Marchisio, while Legrottaglie and Chiellini formed the central pairing in defence. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of former Juventus star, Pietro Rava, who passed away on Sunday.


Juventus started brightly, Del Piero outwitting Maldonado on the left wing and Zanetti firing a warning shot towards Iezzo’s goal in the opening five minutes. The game quickly settled into an even rhythm with both sides patiently awaiting an opening. Space was limited though, as the respective midfields looked determined to chase down every ball. It took a delightful piece of skill from Del Piero to finally create an opening in the 24th minute, skipping past his man and playing an inch-perfect back-heel to Balzaretti on the left wing. The full-back raced on to the ball at pace and swung in a cross with his left boot, but the Napoli defence were equal to the task, denying Zalayeta a header on goal. Two minutes later and it was Grava who had room to manoeuvre in the Juventus half. With options both left and right, he was unable to pick out his man and the chance was wasted. Juventus looked threatening from corners, both Zalayeta and Camoranesi coming close with powerful headers, but the game was locked in a stale mate as the interval loomed. In the 37th minute Camoranesi’s deep cross in from the right wing was headed back to Marchisio on the edge of the box by Zalayeta. The young midfielder chested the ball under control and smashed a right-footed effort towards Iezzo’s goal, but the Napoli keeper was on hand to make the save. Camoranesi began to pull the strings for the Bianconeri as gaps opened up in the Napoli half, but the home side held on until the break. It was a close-fought first period with neither side able to carve out chances in a tightly-packed midfield, but Juventus could take heart from a positive final ten minutes.

Napoli replaced Bucchi with Sosa at half-time as they looked to improve their fortunes in attack but it was Juventus who provided the first action of the half, Marchisio dribbling past Maldonado in the 47th minute and setting up Del Piero on his left. The captain attempted to catch Iezzo off-guard at his near post but the Napoli keeper was alert to the danger. Ten minutes in and Legrottaglie, who had already received treatment in the first period, was forced to leave the field again. This time it was game-over for the centre back and De Ceglie was brought on to replace him, with Birindelli moving into the centre of defence. The game opened up as the tight-marking of the first half took its toll and in the 63rd minute Grava came close to opening the scoring after Trotta had picked him out with a chipped pass from just inside the left edge of the box. The Napoli number two was unmarked but he mistimed his right-footed effort and the ball squirted out from under his foot and into the hands of Buffon. In the 66th minute Del Piero was brought down just outside the penalty area by Maldonado. The Napoli defender got a booking for his troubles but it was just collateral damage for what was to come. It was prime Del Piero territory and the captain didn’t disappoint, curling the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Iezzo’s goal with lethal accuracy (0-1). Two minutes later and Napoli almost equalised, Buffon denying Calaiò from no more than five yards out with an incredible reflex save. The ball fell to Sosa but Chiellini managed to launch himself between ball and goal, deflecting the substitute’s shot out for a corner. De Zerbi entered the fray on 71 minutes and his impact was almost immediate. It was the substitute’s trickery which created space in the Juventus box two minutes later. His chipped pass into the middle was headed away by Birindelli but Trotta fired the ball back in first-time and Bogliacino raced in at the far post, beating Buffon down low and equalising for the Neopolitans (1-1). In the 76th and 77th minutes, Calaiò and Del Piero exchanged overhead kicks but neither player could find the target. It was a completely different game now to that of the first half and spaces were opening up all over the park. Despite the increase in tempo neither side could find the crucial breakthrough. Zalayeta tried to beat Iezzo from distance in the 85th minute but his effort failed to trouble the keeper. Napoli grew in confidence as the game entered its closing stages and it took some brave defending from the rejigged Bianconeri defence to stop them overturning the original deficit completely. With the atmosphere in the San Paolo reaching boiling point, referee Rizzoli blew the full-time whistle to give each side a share of the points.



GOALS: Del Piero 67’, Bogliacino 73’

BOOKED: Montervino 27’, Trotta 64’, Maldonado 66’, Bogliacino 90’


NAPOLI: Iezzo; Maldonado, Giubilato, Domizzi, Grava; Montervino, Amodio, Trotta, Bogliacino; Bucchi (Sosa 46’), Calaiò
Subs: Gianello, Garics, Dalla Bona, Capparella, De Zerbi, Pià
Coach: Reja


JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Legrottaglie (De Ceglie 55’), Chiellini, Balzaretti; Zanetti, Paro, Marchisio; Camoranesi, Del Piero; Zalayeta
Subs: Mirante, Zebina, Urbano, Guzman, Bojinov, Palladino
Coach: Deschamps



REFEREE: Rizzoli (Bologna)
ASSISTANTS: Romagnoli, Nicoletti


 

Juventus - Brescia 2-0

Serie B Tim - 01 Nov 2006 - 7:27 PM

The Stadio Olimpico was awash with black and white this afternoon as Juventus celebrated the anniversary of its foundation in style. After the special ceremony honouring the champions of the past, it was time for the action to begin. Deschamps recalled Del Piero to the starting line-up and gave Marchisio a full debut in the centre of midfield. Chiellini returned to the left of the Bianconeri defence as Deschamps’ men looked to make it eight wins in a row. Three points tonight would take the birthday boys into the play-off zone while Brescia were looking to get their promotion campaign back on track.

Juventus could not have asked for a better start. After Trezeguet had placed a header just wide of the goal in the 2nd minute, rising highest to meet Chiellini’s out-swinger from the left wing, Del Piero opened the scoring with 6 minutes gone. The captain stepped up to take a set-piece twenty-five yards out and duly curled the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal. Viviano got a hand to it but it wasn’t enough to deny the captain a trade-mark goal (1-0). Juventus were dominating possession but Buffon had to be alert on the 10 minute mark as Del Nero attempted to beat him at his near post. The shot lacked power and the Juve keeper was able to collect down low and launch another Bianconeri attack. After a period of intense pressure the home side doubled their lead. It was Del Piero again who supplied the finish, but in rather more bizarre circumstances. In the 22nd minute the captain curled one in from the left wing. The ball made its way through a sea of players and ended up in the back of the net almost of its own accord. Viviano looked nonplussed as Del Piero wheeled away to celebrate his second goal of the night (2-0). The Brescia keeper made amends in the 32nd minute, denying Nedved from close range after the Czech had exchanged a neat one-two with Trezeguet, but he was beaten again three minutes later. The same pair combined to send through the Frenchman who, after taking the ball away from the defenders, dinked the ball over Viviano’s head with the deftest of touches. It didn’t count though, Tagliavento ruled the goal out for off-side. On 41 minutes, the Brescia defenders backed off and let Nedved shoot from just outside the box. The Czech’s effort had plenty of power but it skimmed just wide of the left post. On the stroke of half-time Marchionni was replaced by Camoranesi through injury, and seconds later, Tagliavento sent the players into the tunnel for the half-time break.

Brescia made two changes at the break but the substitutions couldn’t stop the Bianconeri from picking up where they had left off. Trezeguet raced into the box with just three minutes gone in the second period, cutting the ball back to Del Piero on the edge of the box. The captain opted not to shoot, but he couldn’t squeeze his attempted return pass through the defenders and Brescia cleared. With 50 minutes gone the injued Kovac was replaced by Balzaretti and four minutes later, Birindelli saw his right-footed thunderbolt from thirty yards tipped over the bar by the busy Viviano. In the 55th minute, Nedved tried his luck again from the edge of the box. Viviano made the save but he couldn’t gather and Trezeguet raced in to supply the finish. The Brescia number one narrowed the angle though, and the Frenchman was unable to get his shot away. On the hour mark Deschamps was forced into making another change, Boumsong hobbling off injured and replaced by Nicola Legrottaglie. Juventus looked content with their two goal lead and the pace of the game slowed significantly as it entered the final quarter. Brescia rallied and Mannini and Cortellini peppered Buffon’s goal from distance but the Juventus number one never looked troubled. In the 77th minute Del Piero sent a free-kick into the box from thirty yards out. The ball dropped at the feet of Trezeguet but the stiker’s first time effort fell into the arms of the well-positioned Viviano. On 82 minutes, Cortellini sent a dipping effort in from long range. The ball bounced menacingly just in front of Buffon but the Juve keeper got his fingers to it and Chiellini cleared the ball from danger. Three minutes from time the game took an unexpected twist with the substitute Zambellin given a straight red for a foul on Nedved. Brescia were forced to play out the remaining minutes with ten men but by then the result was beyond doubt and Juventus held on to secure the three points.

GOALS: Del Piero 6’, 22’

BOOKED: Dallamano 20’, Kovac 39’, Jadid 83’
SENT-OFF: Zambelli 87’


JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Kovac (Balzaretti 50’), Boumsong (Legrottaglie 60’), Chiellini; Marchionni (Camoranesi 45’), Paro, Marchisio, Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet
Subs: Mirante, Guzman, Zalayeta, Bojinov
Coach: Deschamps

BRESCIA: Viviano; Cortellini, Stankevicius, Mareco, Dallamano (Zimbelli 46’); Hamsik, Serafini (Piangerelli 67’); Del Nero, Jadid, Possanzini; Colombo (Mannini 46’).
Subs: Ambrosio, Alfageme, Cerci, De Maio
Coach: Somma

REFEREE: Tagliavento
ASSISTANTS: Lion, Lanciani
4TH OFFICIAL: Bo

Juventus - Frosinone 1-0

Serie B Tim - 28 Oct 2006 - 6:02 PM

After more than a month on the road Juventus returned to the Olimpico on Saturday to take on Frosinone. Following Friday’s arbitration, the Bianconeri entered the match with ten points in Serie B, and a win against the men from Lazio – a possible seventh in seven - would see Deschamps’ men gain significant ground on the league leaders. The Frenchman recalled Bojinov to partner Trezeguet in attack, Paro in the centre of midfield, and Balzaretti at left-back, while the defensive trio of Buffon, Boumsong and Kovac looked to extend their impressive run of clean sheets. Coming into the match, the Bianconeri had not conceded in just over eight hours of competitive football.

Juventus started on the front foot, controlling possession from the first minute. Zappino had to be alert early on as Nedved attempted to release Trezeguet with a diagonal ball over the top. The keeper was off his line quickly to clear the danger but in the 4th minute, he was called into action once more, denying Bojinov from close range after a delightful reverse pass from Nedved on the edge of the area. The Bianconeri continued pressing but Frosinone kept their discipline at the back, denying the home side space in the final third. Zanetti looked lively in midfield, beating his marker several times in the opening ten minutes, but it was Camoranesi who almost provided the opener. As the game reached the quarter hour mark, the right winger flicked the ball though to Bojinov first time. With just the keeper to beat the Bulgarian opened out his body and tried to place the ball in the far side of the goal, but Zappino had dived early and managed to palm away the striker’s effort.
In the 22nd minute Bojinov was at the heart of the action once more, cutting in onto his right boot and beating Zappino with a expertly placed grass-cutter from the edge of the box. The goal didn’t count though, Trezeguet was ruled to have been in an off-side position. On the half-hour mark, Nedved tested the keeper with a low shot from distance and three minutes later Trezeguet attempted an outrageous overhead kick from the edge of the box. The ball whistled just wide of Zappino’s right post but it wouldn’t have counted, he was in an off-side position. On 37 minutes Frosinone received a let-off after Camoranesi had released Trezeguet in the danger area. The Frenchman took a touch to take the ball in from the right and attempted to beat the Frosinone keeper at the near post. Zappino made a fine reflex save but Bojinov was perhaps in a better position in the middle of the penalty area. In the 43rd minute Lodi reminded Juventus that it was not a one horse race, stinging Buffon’s palms from distance after a swift and clinical counter-attack. Boumsong almost broke the dead-lock on the stroke of half-time, just inches away from connecting with a curling free-kick from Camoranesi but Frosinone held on until the half-time whistle.

Frosinone almost made the perfect start to the second period, Di Venanzio forcing Buffon into a fine diving save from thirty yards. The Juve keeper just managed to touch the ball over his bar but the away side had signalled their intent. In the 49th minute Bojinov played a neat lay-off to Trezeguet. The Frenchman had time and space but couldn’t direct his low and powerful effort past Zappino. Five minutes later Nedved almost made the breakthrough, slipping the ball past his marker and unleashing a tremendous curling effort towards goal which just swerved over at the last second. Deschamps switched things up on 55 minutes, replacing Camoranesi with Marchionni, and the substitute had an almost immediate impact, crossing in to Bojinov from out on the right. The Bulgarian steadied himself for a powerful half-volley but Perra raced in to deny him at the vital moment. To the delight of the crowd, Del Piero entered the fray on the hour mark, replacing Bojinov up front. In the 64th minute, Antonioli failed to deal with Balzaretti’s diagonal cross from the left side of the box. His attempted clearance fell into the path of Trezeguet but the striker wasted the chance, blasting the ball wide of Zapponi’s left post. It took another fine challenge from Perra to deny Nedved on 68 minutes. The defender just got there in time after Marchionni had picked out the Czech with a low pass from the right edge of the area. In the 74th minute the Olimpico was set alight. Nedved hit the post with an effort from the edge of the box, the ball ricocheted off the woodwork, then off the frame of Trezeguet, before dropping at the feet of Alessandro Del Piero. The captain looked up, steadied himself and smashed the ball home past a crowd of defenders and the helpless Zappino. The crowd went wild as the local hero completed an unrivalled double century of goals in Bianconeri colours. In the 81st minute the captain almost doubled the lead but his fierce effort from near the penalty spot was diverted clear of danger by a desperate block from the Frosinone defender. Three minutes later and it was Del Piero again who cleverly drew Zappino out to the left edge of the box before dinking the ball back into the middle on the turn. Trezeguet raced in to make a header but was beaten to it by the well-placed Frosinone defenders. In the 86th minute, Buffon flew off his line to punch Castillo’s cross clear of danger and with the minutes winding down, Dechamps brought Marchisio on for Trezeguet. Nedved almost made it two in injury time, blasting the ball inches over the bar with a first-time effort from outside the box but in the end, it was Del Piero’s 74th minute strike that earned the three points for the Bianconeri. 200 goals for the captain but more importantly, his team go into Wednesday’s clash with Brescia well-placed with 13 championship points.



GOALS: Del Piero 74’

BOOKED: Ischia 26’, Zanetti 57’, Zappino 70’, Lodi 72’, Nedved 76’, Fialdini 87’



JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli (capt.), Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 55’), Paro, Zanetti, Nedved; Bojinov (Del Piero 60’), Trezeguet (Marchisio 87’)
Subs: Mirante, Legrottaglie, Palladino, Zalayeta, Del Piero
Coach: Deschamps

FROSINONE: Zappino; Perra, Cannarsa (Castillo 76’), Antonioli (capt.), Ischia; Lodi, Anaclerio, D’Antoni (Fialdini 73’), Di Venanzio; Margotta, Di Nardo (Pagani 65’)
Subs: Chiodini, Lacrimini, Galasso, Rimoldi
Coach: Iaconi

REFEREE: Squillace (Catanzaro)
ASSISTANTS: Ciancaleoni, Pugiotto
4TH OFFICIAL: Peruzzo

Triestina - Juventus 0-1

Serie B Tim - 21 Oct 2006 - 6:06 PM

It was an historic occasion as Triestina and Juventus lined up to face one other for the first time in 47 years. With one of the strongest defensive records in the championship, the homes side was looking to cause an upset against the in-form Bianconeri, but Deschamps’ men had a sixth successive Serie B victory in their sights and weren’t taking any chances. The Frenchman kept faith in the attacking pairing of David Trezeguet and Alex Del Piero, still on the hunt for his 200th Juventus goal, while Giannichedda replaced Paro as Zanetti’s partner in the heart of the Juventus midfield.


Triestina started on the front foot, Boumsong forced to clear from his own six yard box in the first minute. The home side won a series of corners in the opening exchanges, but the Juve back-line were equal to the task, clearing the ball from danger with composure. The Triestina midfielders were intent on making things difficult, but the Bianconeri gradually began to take control of possession, Nedved winning a free-kick in a dangerous area in the 11th minute. It was prime Del Piero territory, but the captain was unable to keep his effort down. On the quarter hour mark, Birindelli curled a tight cross into the box after a clever lay off from Del Piero. Trezeguet sneaked in front of his marker but his cute header was gathered down low by Rossi. Two minutes later, the Frenchman found himself in space on the left edge of the box but he lashed his effort high and wide of the goal. Triestina answered back, denying the Bianconeri space in the middle third and fashioning some openings of their own. Unfortunately for the Alabardati Kovac and Boumsong were in commanding form at the back, limiting the home side to long range attempts, and on the half hour mark the tide turned back in Juve’s favour. Chiellini looped a delightful first-time cross in from the left touchline in the 31st minute which just evaded the head of Trezeguet, but a minute later the Bianconeri were in front. Nedved edged in front of his marker on the left side of the area after Triestina had failed to clear a Camoranesi free-kick, the Czech winger dinked the ball into the middle and Zanetti was there to side foot the ball home from next to the penalty spot (0-1). It was the midfielder’s second goal of the week. Nedved looked extremely lively on the left wing, carving out space almost at will, but Triestina managed to hold on until the half-time whistle.

Triestina won a corner three minutes into the second half, Kyriazis lost his marker but his header was saved comfortably by Buffon. Juventus counter-attacked with pace and Nedved supplied Trezeguet in the middle of the box. The Frenchman took the ball away from the defender with his chest and unleashed a low drive goal bound, but Rossi was there to make a desperate save with his feet. The home side replied with a phase of sustained pressure. Piovaccari sent a powerful header just wide of Buffon’s left post in the 52nd minute and the Juve keeper was called into action again seconds later, saving with his feet after Graffiedi had skipped through into the box and let go with his right boot. Triestina kept up the pressure but the Bianconeri held their line well and repelled the wave of red attacks. On the hour mark Nedved came close, cutting onto his left foot twenty five yards out and forcing Rossi into a diving save with a dipping effort. The Triestina keeper gathered second time round but the Czech veteran had signalled his intent. With time and space at a minimum in the middle third, it was Nedved who looked most likely to create another opening, almost finding the head of Trezeguet in the 62nd minute after some tremendous skill on the left wing which left his marker on the turf. Zalayeta replaced Del Piero in the 68th minute and two minutes later Deschamps was forced to make a second tactical change. Chiellini was given his marching orders on 70 minutes after a second bookable offence and the Frenchman brought on Balzaretti in place of Trezeguet, switching to a 4-4-1 with Zalayeta alone up front. Triestina looked to capitalise on their numerical advantage but as the game edged towards the final ten minutes, Zanetti’s goal remained the difference between the two sides. The home side were camped in the Juve half as the clock wound down but their plans for an equaliser suffered a major blow as Marchini was given a straight red for a foul on Nedved in the 85th. A minute later Triestina did almost find the back of the net but Kyriazis blasted his effort into the side netting after Eliakwu has crossed in from deep on the right wing. Paro supplied fresh legs in the middle of the park, replacing Giannichedda in the 88th minute, but only seconds later it took the combined efforts of Boumsong and Buffon to deny Ruopolo from close range. Five minutes of additional time were added on and the tension mounted as Triestina poured numbers into the Juve box. Ruopolo beat his man in the 93rd minute but he smashed his right-footed effort high and wide of the goal. With spaces opening up all over the pitch, Juventus almost grabbed a second on the counter-attack, Paro forcing Rossi to make a save with a long range piledriver in the 94th before Nedved lashed a half-volley over the bar with the last action of the match. Zanetti was the hero again as Juve took all three points back to Turin for the second time this week.



GOALS: Zanetti 33’

BOOKED: Chiellini 12’, Trezeguet 24’, Birindelli 84’
SENT-OFF: Chiellini 70’, Marchini 85’

TRIESTINA: Rossi, Kyriazis, Lima, Mignani, Pesaresi; Marchini, Allegretti, Briano (Eliakwu 74’); Kalambay, Testini (Graffiedi 46’); Piovaccari (Ruopolo 81’)
Subs: Dei, Abruzzese, Pivotto, Rossetti
Coach: Agostinelli
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Chiellini; Camoranesi, Giannichedda (Paro 88’), Zanetti, Nedved; Trezeguet (Balzaretti 71’), Del Piero (Zalayeta 68’)
Subs: Mirante, Legrottaglie, Marchionni, Bojinov Coach: Deschamps.

REFEREE: Bergonzi

Treviso - Juventus: 0-1

Serie B Tim - 16 Oct 2006 - 11:01 PM

Deschamps’ men arrived in Treviso tonight in search of their fifth straight championship victory. With his players back from international duty, the Frenchman had said in the build up that only a win would do, and he put his faith in the strike partnership of Trezeguet and Del Piero once more, supported by Nedved and Camoranesi on the flanks. The match had an added flavour, with all eyes on the captain as he looked to score his 200th Juventus goal just 36km from the small town where he grew up.

Treviso started brightly, Beghetto threatening in the 2nd minute with a header just wide of Buffon’s goal as the Bianconeri looked to find their feet. In the 7th minute Zanetti tried his luck from distance but his effort sailed high and wide, and three minutes later, Nedved cut in from the left wing and forced Avramov to make his first save of the night with a powerful low shot. Juventus grew in confidence and began dictating the play, with Nedved and Camoranesi orchestrating from the wings. In the 20th minute, it was the latter who came close to opening the scoring, just beaten to the ball at the back post as he rose to head in Del Piero’s chipped cross from the left hand side of the box. Two minutes later Del Piero looked to have completed his double century but his effort was ruled out for off-side. In the 28th minute the captain was sent through by Zanetti but he couldn’t direct his shot past the large frame of Avramov. Dominating possession from midfield it was only a matter of time before Juventus made the breakthrough and in the 31st minute, they did just that. Camoranesi spotted Zanetti free on the edge of the box, and his cut back from the byline was stroked into the back of the net on the half-volley with flawless technique (0-1). The Bianconeri looked to double their lead just before the break, Camoranesi trying his luck with a half-volley of his own after racing onto the end of Balzaretti’s floated cross, but this time the ball flashed wide of the goal. Treviso looked rattled and were relieved to hear Farina’s half-time whistle just a minute later.

As with the first 45 minutes, it was Treviso who were fastest out of the blocks. In the opening five minutes of the half Buffon pulled off two magnificent reflex saves to deny the home side an equaliser, first from Vascak, then Fava, but it was Juventus who were next to put the ball into the back of the net. In the 51st minute Camoranesi released Trezeguet in the box with a neat reverse pass, but the Frenchman’s emphatic finish was ruled out for off-side. Buffon came to the rescue again as the game neared the hour mark, equal to the combined efforts of Vascak and Beghetto. In the 63rd minute Del Piero dribbled his way into the box but his run was brought to a halt at the crucial moment by the Treviso defence. Buffon dived to his right athletically in the 71st minute to parry Viali’s powerful long range free-kick and in the 73rd minute, Birindelli made way for Chiellini, with Balzaretti moving to the right of defence. Juventus looked to regain control of the match, and in the 82nd minute Del Piero and Camoranesi combined well to create an opening from a corner. Chiellini was there in the middle but he couldn’t make a connection with the winger’s cross. Seconds later, Del Piero raced past two men on the edge of the area before attempting to chip the ball back into the middle. There was no one there to supply the finish and in the 83rd minute, Marchionni replaced Camoranesi. Two minutes later, Trezeguet latched onto Paro’s angled ball into the box but he dragged his first time effort wide of the far post. As the game entered its final stages, Del Piero beat his man and rounded Avramov in the area. The keeper managed to narrow the angle and the captain was forced to try something special, dinking a floated right chip towards the top left hand corner on the turn. The ball dipped just over the bar but Del Piero wasn’t finished, trying his luck from distance in injury time. Avramov was on hand to make the save but it wasn’t enough to stop Juventus taking home all three points.




GOALS: Zanetti 31’

BOOKED: Cottafava 26’, Kovac 37’, Giuliatto 64’


JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli (Chiellini 73’), Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 83’), Zanetti, Paro, Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet
Subs: Mirante, Giannichedda, Palladino, Bojinov, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps

TREVISO: Avramov; Cottafava, Valdez, Viali, Giuliatto; Vascak, Guigou, Gissi (Moro 73’), Russotto; Beghetto, Fava (Acquafresca 73’)
Subs: Montresor, Mallus, Lorenzi, Quadrini, Baseggio
Coach: Bortoluzzi


REFEREE: Farina
ASSISTANTS: Angrisani, Rubino
4TH OFFICIAL: Peruzzo


 

For David

Piacenza - Juventus: 0-2

Serie B Tim - 30 Sep 2006 - 6:06 PM

Juventus arrived at Piacenza’s ‘Garilli’ stadium this afternoon in search of a fourth straight victory in Serie B. Deschamps went with the pairing of Trezeguet and Del Piero up front, with Camoranesi and Nedved supporting on the flanks. Chiellini and Birindelli returned to the full back positions, while Kovac and Boumsong had the chance to build on their increasingly impressive partnership at the heart of the Bianconeri defence.

A tense first ten minutes as both teams looked gain a foothold on the game. Camoranesi provided the first action of the match in the 11th minute, launching a powerful half-volley towards goal from outside the area and forcing Coppola into a fine save. Juventus slowly began to take command of the midfield and the chances soon followed. Nedved and Camoranesi were causing trouble down the wings but it was Del Piero who came close to opening the scoring, his curling free-kick forcing another diving save from the Piacenza keeper in the 20th minute. The pressure began to mount and seven minutes later Coppola was called upon once more, parrying a dangerous Del Piero header from a Camoranesi cross and denying the Bianconeri the opener. Moments later, Buffon denied Cacia at the other end, pulling off a wonderful reflex save after a rapid Piacenza counter-attack. Deschamps was forced to make a change just before the hour mark, replacing the injured Giannichedda with Paro, and just a minute later, his team were in front. Nedved released Del Piero out on the left and the captain’s deft cross was met by the head of Trezeguet, sending the ball home to put the Bianconeri ahead (0-1). In the 33rd minute Nedved cut in from the left wing but his powerful right-footed effort was parried by Coppola. Juventus looked most likely to score next and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead. Del Piero tried his luck with a long range free-kick and saw his effort deflected into the back of the net by the head of Trezeguet (0-2). The goal proved to be the last action of the half and the Bianconeri entered the tunnel at the break with a commanding two goal lead.

With no changes from either side at half-time, the game followed a similar pattern to the start of the first half, both teams pressing hard to gain control of the midfield. Paladino looked lively on the right wing for Piacenza, cutting inside in the 54th minute and unleashing a powerful effort towards goal. Buffon made a comfortable save but it was clear the home side were not merely content with making up the numbers. Juventus defended well but were unable to dominate the middle third as they did in the first period. After a scrappy passage of play, Nedved registered the Bianconeri’s first real chance of the half in the 71st minute, changing gear out on the left and sending a piledriver towards goal with his right boot. Coppola dived to his left to make the save and the Piacenza defence cleared their lines. Paro and Del Piero tried their luck from distance but failed to hit the target and in the 77th minute the captain was replaced by Bojinov. The Bulgarian made an immediate impact, shooting from outside the area in the 79th minute, but Coppola watched as the ball travelled wide of his right post. Cacia caused problems at the other end, twice denied in the box at the crucial moment by the Juventus back line. In the 83rd minute Degano was released by Gemiti but his low drive skipped just wide of the left post. A minute later Camoranesi made way for Marchionni, and the Bianconeri came close to adding a third, Bojinov firing just over the bar from ten yards out after a neat Trezeguet lay-off. The pace of the game dropped considerably as Juventus closed out the game but Marchionni had other ideas, racing onto Trezeguet’s lay-off and having a go from the edge of the box in the 91st minute. His effort sailed high and wide but the Bianconeri weren’t yet finished, Bojinov’s deflected free-kick forcing Coppola into another fine save in injury time. Piacenza held on but Trezeguet’s first half brace proved to be decisive.


PIACENZA – JUVENTUS: 0-2

GOALS: Trezeguet 30’, 45’

BOOKED: Giannichedda 11’, Olivi 90+3’

PIACENZA: Coppola; Nef, Campagnaro, Olivi, Gemiti; Riccio, Patrascu, Noverino (Gobatto 78’); Padalino (Simon 68’), Cacia, Rantier (Degano 64’).
Subs: Capodici, Anaclerio, Miglionico, Stamilla
Coach: Iachini

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Chiellini; Camoranesi (Marchionni 84’), Zanetti, Giannichedda (Paro 29’), Nedved; Del Piero (Bojinov 77’), Trezeguet
Subs: Mirante, Balzaretti, Palladino, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps


REFEREE: Bertini
ASSISTANTS: De Santis G., Petrella
4TH OFFICIAL: Passeri


Primavera, 5-1 against Inter

Youth Sector - 27 Sep 2006 - 6:53 PM

Vinovo’s Chisola field was packed to the rafters on Wednesday afternoon as Juventus took on Inter in the Primavera Supercup. Along with captain Del Piero, who kicked-off the tie, Chiarenza’s boys had the pleasure of Bianconeri CEO and director general Jean-Claude Blanc, director of sport Alessio Secco, head of the youth set-up Ciro Ferrara, and first team coach Didier Deschamps for company, as they looked to crown an impressive start to the season with some silverware.

De Ceglie opened the scoring after just 54 seconds, latching onto a lethal cross from Maniero and smashing the ball home from just inside the box. Three minutes later the same player made it 2-0, adding to his side’s dream start with a devilish half-volley from a Giovinco corner. And as if things couldn’t get any worse for the ragged Inter defence, Bianco added a third in the ninth minute, moving the ball onto his left boot and firing the ball home from the edge of the box. After the frenetic start the game settled into a more even rhythm, and with half an hour gone, Inter pulled one back through Ribas. Giovinco looked lively on the break for the Bianconeri, combining his deadly pace and sublime touch to great effect, but the Milanese held on until the break.

Chiarenza gave his boys a good tongue lashing during the interval and they came out for the second half even hungrier than before. After a brief scare (Litteri hit the bar for the Nerazzuri early on), the Bianconeri regained their footing in the match and netted a fourth goal with just over an hour gone, De Ceglie heading in a deep cross from Rizza out on the left to seal his hat-trick. With 72 minutes Maniero crowned a magnificent display, controlling Trini’s clearance and hammering the ball in on the turn to make it 5-1. Rodriguez, Maritato and Lagnese were all given a run out as the minutes ticked by, Juventus passing the ball around in some style before the referee finally brought an end to proceedings, and a start to some jubilant celebrations.


JUVENTUS-INTER 5-1

GOALS: 1, 4 and 62 De Ceglie, 9 Bianco, 26 Ribas, 71 Maniero

JUVENUS: Trini; Campagna, Pisani, Berardino, Rizza (40’ s.t. Lagnese); Bianco, Marchisio, Venitucci, De Ceglie (22’ s.t. Rodriguez); Giovinco, Maniero (28’ s.t. Maritato)
Subs: Pozzato, Ghione, Bettega, Vecchione
Coach: Chiarenza


INTER: Tornaghi; Marino, Mei (31’ p.t. Bonucci), Esposito, Diarra (22’ s.t. Modolo); De Filippis, Filkor (1’ s.t. Litteri), Maroufi, Belaid; Begora, Ribas
Subs: Bonfiglio, Bolzoni, Puccio, Slavkoski
Coach: Esposito

REFEREE: Cafari Panico
ASSISTANTS: Passero, Tiburzi
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Liturco

Alessandro Del Piero

This is our Captain!

Born
9/11/1974
  Birthplace
Conegliano (TV)
  Role
Forward
  Height
1.73
  Weight
73

Alex married Sonia Amoruso on June 12th, 2005.

Wearing the JUVE shirt, Alex has scored 199 goals... so far.

Juventus - Modena: 4-0

Serie B Tim - 23 Sep 2006 - 5:58 PM

Day four of the championship saw the Bianconeri, looking for a third straight win in the championship, play host to Modena at the Olimpico. Zebina was making his return to the line-up after a lengthy injury lay off, while Deschamps also welcomed back captain Del Piero, unavailable against Crotone, and Trezeguet in attack. Balzaretti and Camoranesi were given a place in the starting line-up for the second game in succession, and Paro made his return to the centre of midfield in place of Giannichedda.

Juventus started brightly, both Boumsong and Kovac going close early on from Camoranesi’s dangerous set-pieces. The Croatian defender was called into action at the other end in the 8th minute, hurling himself at the ball to make the block after Bentivoglio had found some space in the box. The Bianconeri controlled possession, switching the play from left to right in search of an opening but Modena were pressing hard to deny the home side space in the final third. In the 26th minute Camoranesi sent another curling set piece in towards Boumsong at the back post, but once again there was no final product. Seconds later though, Zebina looped a diagonal ball in between the defenders, Trezeguet raced in and sent a dipping header towards goal but his effort was just a few inches too high. Juve remained on the attack and three minutes later, Balzaretti sent a dangerous low cross in towards Trezeguet. The striker raced in with an outstretched foot but Frezzolini was there in time to collect down low. Pinardi was causing trouble on the counter-attack but it was Juventus who were to draw first blood, Trezeguet latching on to a deft Balzaretti chip into the box and poking the ball home to open the scoring in the 38th minute (1-0). Four minutes later, the Bianconeri doubled their lead. Del Piero released Trezeguet out on the left with a clever pass, the Frenchman raced in towards the area and unselfishly centred the ball to the edge of the six yard box; Del Piero sprinted in between two defenders and hammered the ball home to score his 199th goal for Juventus (2-0). Buffon was forced into action for the first time on the stroke of half-time, diving to his left to deny Pinardi from outside the area. The save was virtually the last action of the half and Juventus marched into the changing rooms at the interval with a two goal lead.

Birindelli replaced Zebina at half-time and five minutes after the restart Juventus were back on the attack. Paro found Trezeguet on the edge of the area with a clever pass, the striker controlled with his chest and unleashed a powerful half-volley towards goal; his effort skipped just wide of the left post but Juve had signalled their desire for a third early on. They came even closer on the hour mark; having plucked a defence-splitting pass from Paro out of the air and rounded Frezzolini, Del Piero saw his effort cleared on the goal line. In the 64th minute Camoranesi made way for Marchionni but only two minutes later Modena almost pulled one back, Centurioni heading just over Buffon’s bar from a curling Pinardi set-piece. The Bianconeri answered back in fine style; in the 70th minute, Zanetti played a delightful ball in to Marchionni on the back post, the winger controlled skilfully and rolled the ball back to an unmarked Trezeguet on the edge of the six yard box. The Frenchman had the easiest of finishes as the Bianconeri made it 3-0. Just three minutes later Nedved supplied the fourth, catching Frezzolini off-guard and heading the ball home from a fine Paro cross (4-0). Giannichedda replaced Zanetti in the 76th minute, the third and final tactical change from Deschamps, but Modena already looked like a beaten side. Juve passed around comfortably in midfield, happy to keep possession and wind down the clock. Kovac made a great intervention in the 89th minute, denying Pinardi a chance on goal in the area but the Bianconeri held on to keep their second clean sheet in a row. Three more points for Monsieur Deschamps and co.

 

GOALS: Trezeguet 38’, Del Piero 42’, Trezeguet 70’, Nedved 73’

BOOKED: Chiecchi 25’, Zanetti 56’, Centurioni 80’


JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina (Birindelli 46’), Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 64’), Zanetti (Giannichedda 76’), Paro, Nedved; Del Piero (capt.), Trezeguet
Subs: Mirante, Chiellini, Bojinov, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps

MODENA: Frezzolini; Chiecchi (Luisi 56’), Centurioni, Perna, Tamburini; Abate (Colacone 76’), Campedelli (capt.), Baldo (Troiano 51’), Bentivoglio, Pinardi; Sforzini
Subs: Narciso, Ungari, Tisci, Gilioli
Coach: Zoratto

REFEREE: Pieri
ASSISTANTS: Toscano, Padova
4TH OFFICIAL: Tasso

ATTENDANCE: 17 899
GATE RECEIPTS: € 205 627

Crotone-Juventus: 0-3

Serie B Tim - 19 Sep 2006 - 10:30 PM

A sell out crowd packed into Crotone’s ‘Ezio Scida’ stadium tonight to witness the home side take on the Bianconeri on match day three of the 2006/07 Serie B championship. Juventus were looking to build on Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Vicenza but after suffering an inflammation to his left Achilles tendon earlier this week, captain Del Piero was sidelined for the clash. With strike partner Trezeguet also rested, Deschamps paired Bojinov and Zalayeta in attack. Balzaretti and Camoranesi were making their first starts of the campaign, while Giannichedda returned to the centre of the Bianconeri midfield in place of Paro.

Juventus started well, controlling possession and taking a patient approach. Camoranesi looked bright from the start, covering acres of ground in both defence and attack, but the home side were not there to make up the numbers, picking up two early bookings as they looked to interrupt the Bianconeri rhythm. The game was a physical affair as Crotone chased down every ball, Juventus’ first chance falling to Zalayeta after an intense 12 minutes; Zanetti floated a long ball into the box but the Uruguayan failed to make a connection with his ambitious first time volley attempt. The Bianconeri had to wait half an hour for the breakthrough, Bojinov converting a great team move to put his side in front. Camoranesi played a floated ball in behind the Crotone defence, Zalayeta collected and cut the ball back to the Bulgarian on the edge of the six yard box. With his back to goal, the young striker swivelled and let off a powerful left-footed shot which skidded under the keeper and into the back of the net (0-1). Zalayeta looked to add a second just two minutes later, unleashing a powerful shot across goal after another inventive pass by Camoranesi; the effort travelled wide but Juventus did not stop there, Bojinov winning a corner out on the left after beating his man with lightning acceleration. Camoranesi curled the resulting set-piece right into the danger zone and Boumsong rose highest to head in Juve’s second goal of the night, the Frenchman’s first for his new club (0-2). Crotone answered back with some tenacious attacking play, first Nanni with a spectacular overhead-kick and then Veron with a venomous long range drive, but Juventus were well organised at the back and more than equal to the task, soaking up the pressure to take a two goal lead into the interval.

With no changes from either side at the break, the game picked up where it had left off at the end of the first half. Juve looked hungry for a third but Gentile gave them a wake-up call in the 48th minute, forcing a fine reflex save from Buffon with a quickly taken free-kick. The Bianconeri reorganised at the back and were immediately back on the front foot, Bojinov wriggling through on the byeline and cutting back to the edge of the six yard box. The pass was a dangerous one but there was no one there to supply the finish. Nedved received a lay-off from the Bulgarian in the 53rd minute but his snap shot travelled wide of Soviero’s right post, and five minutes later Deschamps made his first change of the night, Paro coming on for Zanetti in midfield. Giannichedda headed wide from another Camoranesi corner on the hour mark, unaware that Bojinov was in a better position behind him, but the two goal lead never looked under threat at the other end. As the minutes ticked by, Deschamps sent on Palladino and Marchionni in place of Nedved and Camoranesi, but Juventus were not done there. In the 77th minute, Bojinov grabbed his second, racing on to Balzaretti’s incisive first time pass and coolly slipping the ball past the helpless Soviero from twenty yards out (3-0); the Crotone defence had no answer to the speed and precision of the Juve attack. The pace of the game dropped as the result began to look beyond doubt, and after a calm final ten minutes, referee De Marco did indeed bring the game to an end with the Bianconeri victorious by three goals to nil.




CROTONE – JUVENTUS: 0-3

GOALS: Bojinov 30’, Boumsong 36’, Bojinov 77’

BOOKED: Nanni 7’, Alioui 8’, Birindelli 20’, Zanetti 22’, Veron 45’, Balzaretti 80’, Galardo 83’


CROTONE: Soviero; Alioui (Fusco 84’), Rossi, Maietta, Bonomi; Gentile (Sedivec 64’), Cardinale, Veron; Galardo, Nanni (Cariello 64’), Lopez
Subs: Padelli, Borghetti, Petrilli, Plasmati
Coach: Gustinetti

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Balzaretti; Camoranesi (Marchionni 71’), Giannichedda, Zanetti (Paro 58’), Nedved (Palladino 67’); Zalayeta, Bojinov
Subs: Mirante, Chiellini, Zebina, Trezeguet
Coach: Deschamps


REFEREE: De Marco
ASSISTANTS: Carrer, Liberti
4TH OFFICIAL: Guerriero

Juventus-Vicenza: 2-1

Serie B Tim - 16 Sep 2006 - 6:03 PM

The Olympic Stadium was unveiled on Saturday afternoon as Juventus and Vicenza took to the field for the Bianconeri’s first home game of the season. Didier Deschamps welcomed back Trezeguet and Zanetti from injury for this vital championship clash, pairing the French goal machine with captain Del Piero in the Juventus attack. Before kick-off Trezegol was presented with a special award in recognition of his magnificent goal scoring feats (125) with the Bianconeri. Juventus chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli and honorary chairmen Franzo Grande Stevens and Giampiero Boniperti presented the Frenchman with his award.

Juventus made a great start, Zanetti picking out Trezuguet in the area. The striker’s header skimmed just over the bar, but it wouldn’t have counted as he was off-side. The home side controlled possession from the start and it was clear they wanted to grab an early goal. In the 13th minute the Bianconeri pieced together a neat attack, Marchionni sending a powerful left-footed drive just wide of the goal after Del Piero had rolled him a deft lay-off under pressure. Five minutes later the captain was involved again, trying an audacious flick with his back to goal after Marchionni had sent in a lethal curling cross. Nedved tried his luck in the 23rd minute, unleashing a thunderbolt towards goal. His effort was rocketing towards the bottom right corner but Guardalben pulled off a great save. The Vicenza number one was called into action again three minutes later, denying Trezeguet with an athletic diving save after the Frenchman had connected with a dangerous Del Piero cross. Minutes later Guardalben pulled off yet another fine save, this time from Nedved who had found himself free in the box and sent a thumping drive towards goal. The Bianconeri continued to pile on the pressure, and right at the end of the first half, they produced a lightning attack, Marchionni crossing in from the right on the volley and finding the head of the ubiquitous Trezeguet. The Frenchman was denied once again by Guardalben but he got his revenge two minutes later, netting the opener in injury time after Chiellini had swung a lovely cross in from the left - Trezeguet made no mistake from six yards out, smashing in the opener with his right boot (1-0). The goal was the last action of the half and the Bianconeri entered the tunnel with a deserved lead.

Juve picked up where they left off at the end of the first period, Del Piero winning a free-kick on the edge of the box after an intense wave of Bianconeri pressure. The captain stepped up to take the set-piece and doubled his side’s lead with a trademark curler into the top left hand corner (2-0). But six minutes later, Vicenza got themselves back into the match, Raimondi scoring from close range after a great cross from Zanini (2-1), and just a minute later, they almost equalised, Cavalli squandering a golden chance after a one on one with Buffon. Juventus consolidated and set about regaining their supremacy, favouring a more patient, measured build-up than the frenetic assault of the first half. Deschamps introduced fresh blood in the 73rd minute, replacing Chiellini with Balzaretti, and a few minutes later, Marchionni made way for Camoranesi, as the Bianconeri looked to restore their two goal cushion. In the 75th minute Sgrigna tried a fierce shot from the edge of the area, Buffon parried and the ball found its way out to Raimondi on the left edge of the box. The winger blasted the ball across the goal mouth but there was no one there to supply the finish. In the 83rd minute Nedved sent a fast-moving diagonal pass out to Trezeguet on the left. The Frenchman raced onto the ball and tried a first time effort with his left boot but Guardalben was in position to make a good save.
Camoranesi and Nedved were causing all sorts of problems with some neat interplay, and in the 86th minute, Deschamps brought Del Piero off for Palladino. Vicenza finished with a flourish, Kovac twice making vital interventions in his own penalty area, but it was the captain’s wonderful free-kick that was to decide the match. After a nervy four minutes of injury time, Signor Marelli blew his whistle and brought an end to the Bianconeri’s first home game of the season.


JUVENTUS – VICENZA: 2-1

GOALS: Trezeguet 45+1’, Del Piero 53’, Raimondi 59’

BOOKED: Rigoni 8’, Schwoch 74’, Zanetti 90+1, Nedved 90+2’

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Chiellini (Balzaretti 73’); Marchionni (Camoranesi 76’), Zanetti, Paro, Nedved; Del Piero (capt.) (Palladino 86’), Trezeguet
Subs not used: Mirante, Giannichedda, Bojinov, Zalayeta
Coach: Deschamps

VICENZA: Guardalben; Martinelli, Fissore (capt.), Scardina, Padoin (Viskovic 86’); Helguera, Rigoni; Raimondi, Zanini (Vailatti 73’), Sgrigna; Cavalli (Schwoch 62’)
Subs not used: Zancopè, Pesoli, Paonessa, Crovari
Coach: Camolese

REFEREE: Marelli
ASSISTANTS: Pascariello, Di Prisco
4TH OFFICIAL: Zanichelli


Rimini - Juventus: 1-1

Serie B Tim - 09 Sep 2006 - 6:01 PM

The Romeo Neri stadium, Rimini, was the host for the opening game of the Bianconeri’s 2006/07 Serie B campaign. Jean-Alain Boumsong was making his debut at the heart of defence alongside Robert Kovac in a match which also saw Deschamps give the nod to Marcelo Zalayeta, paired up front with captain Del Piero. In the stands for the championship curtain raiser were John and Lapo Elkann, Carlo Sant’Albano, Juventus chairman Giovanni Cobolli-Gigli, CEO and director general Jean-Claude Blanc, director of football Alessio Secco, and marketing director Marco Fassone. The two teams observed a minute’s silence before kick-off in honour of Inter chairman Giacinto Facchetti who passed away on Monday.

Juventus started brightly, Nedved trying his luck from distance in the second minute after a neat lay-off from Del Piero released him in midfield. His low shot skidded wide but the Bianconeri had signalled their intent. Three minutes later the Czech released Marchionni on the right; the winger swung in a dangerous cross but Handanovic beat Zlayeta’s head to the ball to make the save. Juve continued to push for an opening goal and it was Marchionni again who searched out Zalayeta at the far post but the Uruguayan striker’s spectacular attempt at an overhead kick failed to make any connection and Rimini cleared their lines. On the quarter hour mark Nedved unleashed a fierce drive from the left edge of the box, Handanovic could only parry but his defence scrambled the ball out of danger. Five minutes later Del Piero released Marchionni on the right edge of the box with a clever angled ball, the winger raced in and launched a low shot towards goal but the Rimini number one was on hand to make yet another save. Rimini tried to feed Matri from the wings but Kovac and Boumsong were too strong for the lone striker. Late in the half Paro swung in a couple of dangerous free-kicks into the box but on both occasions the Rimini line held firm and the two teams entered the tunnel all square at half-time.

There were no changes at half-time as Juve picked up where they had left off at the end of the first period, dominating possession in search of a breakthrough. In the 53rd minute Zalayeta wriggled his way through to the bye line and chipped the ball back towards Del Piero on the penalty spot, but the Rimini defence managed to clear their lines once again. Two minutes later Buffon pulled off a fine reflex save after Matri had deflected Boumsong’s defensive header towards goal; the Juve keeper showing his quality when it mattered. On the 60 minute mark, Juventus finally broke the deadlock, Paro firing in with his right boot from the edge of the box after Nedved had seen his effort blocked by the Rimini defence (0-1). Three minutes later, Giannichedda made way for Bojinov, Nedved taking up a position in the middle of the park with the young Bulgarian out on the left. In the 67th minute Buffon made another fine save, parrying a powerful Jeda header from ten yards out, and minutes later, Juve had a one man advantage, Cristiano sent off after picking up a second yellow card. In the 73rd minute Nedved found space in the Rimini half, cutting inside and unleashing a powerful right footed drive towards goal. Handanovic made the save and a minute later, Rimini equalised, Ricchiuti making the most of some hesitant defending and firing the ball past the right of Buffon (1-1). In the 77th minute Marchionni was replaced by Camoranesi as Juventus looked to restore their lead. Four minutes later substitute Tasso tried his luck with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box, his wild effort ballooned over Buffon’s bar for a goal kick. In the 85th minute Palladino replaced Del Piero as Deschamps played his last card. Camoranesi tried to work some magic in the box but his efforts came to nothing, and three minutes later Nedved tried a powerful drive from the edge of the box after Handanovic had punched away a Paro free-kick. Juve kept on pushing, Chiellini sending a curling ball into the box from the left towards Zalayeta but Rimini held firm, defending hard and earning themselves a point.

 

RIMINI - JUVENTUS: 1-1

GOALS: Paro 60’, Ricchiuti 74’


RIMINI: Handanovic; Vitiello, Milone, Peccarisi, Regonesi; Barusso, Cristiano; Pagano (Baccin 66’), Ricchiuti, Jeda (Tasso 77’); Matri (Moscardelli 75’)
Subs not used: Pugliesi, Bravo, Digao, Valiani
Coach: Acori

JUVENTUS: Buffon, Birindelli, Kovac, Boumsong, Chiellini; Marchionni Camoransesi 77’), Giannichedda (Bojinov 63’), Paro, Nedved; Del Piero (Palladino 85’), Zalayeta
Subs not used: Mirante, Balzaretti, Marchisio, Guzman
Coach: Deschamps


REFEREE: Saccani
ASSISTANTS: Battaglia, Cariolato
4TH OFFICIAL: Ruini

BOOKED: Giannichedda 26’, Cristiano 30’, Barusso 40’, Birindelli 85’, Paro 90’
SENT OFF: Cristiano 69’ (second yellow card)


Serie B Season Calendar

 

Date

Time

Teams

Event

Score

Sat

09.09

16:00

Rimini-Juventus

Championship

1-1

Sat

16.09

16:00

Juventus-Vicenza

Championship

2-1

Tue

19.09

20:30

Crotone-Juventus

Championship

 0-3 

Sat

23.09

16:00

Juventus-Modena

Championship

 4-0 

Sat

30.09

16:00

Piacenza-Juventus

Championship

 0-2 

Mon

16.10

20:30

Treviso-Juventus

Championship

 0-1 

Sat

21.10

16:00

Triestina-Juventus

Championship

 0-1 

Sat

28.10

16:00

Juventus-Frosinone

Championship

 1-0 

Wed

01.11

17:30

Juventus-Brescia

Championship

 2-0 

Mon

06.11

21:00

Napoli-Juventus

Championship

 1-1 

Sat

11.11

16:00

Juventus-Pescara

Championship

 2-0 

Sat

18.11

16:00

Albinoleffe-Juventus

Championship

 1-1 

Sat

25.11

16:00

Juventus-Lecce

Championship

 4-1 

Fri

01.12

20:45

Genoa-Juventus

Championship

 1-1 

Sat

09.12

16:00

Juventus-Verona

Championship

 1-0 

Tue

19.12

20:30

Bologna-Juventus

Championship

 0-1 

Fri

22.12

20:30 

Juventus-Arezzo

Championship

 2-2 

Sat

13.01

16:00

Mantova-Juventus

Championship

 1-0 

Tue

16.01

20:45

Juventus-Cesena

Championship

2-1

Sat

20.01

16:00

Juventus-Bari

Championship

 4-2 

Sat

27.01

16:00

Spezia-Juventus

Championship

1-1

Sat

03.02

16:00

Juventus-Rimini

Championship

 

Sat

10.02

15:00

Vicenza-Juventus

Championship

 2-2 

Sat

17.02

15:00

Juventus-Crotone

Championship

 5-0 

Mon

26.02

20:45

Modena-Juventus

Championship

 0-1 

Sun

04.03

20:30

Juventus-Piacenza

Championship

 4-0 

Sat

10.03

15:00

Brescia-Juventus

Championship

 3-1 

Tue

13.03

 

Juventus-Treviso

Championship

 

Sat

17.03

 

Juventus-Triestina

Championship

 

Tue

21.03

 

Frosinone-Juventus

Championship

 

Sun

25.03

 

Juventus-Napoli

Championship

 

Sat

31.03

 

Pescara-Juventus

Championship

 

Sat

07.04

 

Juventus-Albinoleffe

Championship

 

Sat

14.04

 

Lecce-Juventus

Championship

 

Sat

21.04

 

Juventus-Genoa

Championship

 

Sat

28.04

 

Verona-Juventus

Championship

 

Sat

05.05

 

Cesena-Juventus

Championship

 

Sat

12.05

 

Juventus-Bologna

Championship

 

Sat

19.05

 

Arezzo-Juventus

Championship

 

Sat

26.05

 

Juventus-Mantova

Championship

 

Sun

03.06

 

Bari-Juventus

Championship

 

Sun

10.06

 

Juventus-Spezia

Championship

 

 

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