Serie A - Juventus wasteful in bore draw

Sun, 24 Oct 13:52:00 2010

Substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta missed a penalty as Juventus failed to break down Bologna in a turgid goalless draw in their Serie A clash at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

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Iaquinta was introduced midway through the first half after Amauri sustained a foot injury, and in the 35th minute he had his penalty kick saved by Emiliano Viviano in the Bologna goal.

It was ultimately a cagey encounter in which Luigi Del Neri's side extended their unbeaten run in the league to four matches, with Bologna still having yet to lose at the Renato Dall'Ara this season.

Both sides began the game at a furious pace, and Juventus should have taken the lead in the 19th minute through Fabio Quagliarella.

Milos Krasic dispossessed Miguel Britos down the right before forcing his way to the byline but, after the winger cut the ball back precisely to Quagliarella, the forward had his close-range drive blocked by Ivan Radovanovic, who made a timely intervention.

Two minutes later and Amauri sustained a foot injury which saw Iaquinta come on in his place, and the forward was to be called into action shortly afterwards.

Krasic burst down the right before cutting inside and going down very easily under a challenge from Daniele Portanova, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Iaquinta stepped up with a swagger, but the forward planted a tame effort straight at Viviano, and the Bologna goalkeeper spared his defender's blushes with a fine reflex block.

Del Neri was not remotely impressed with his side's first-half showing, and the Juve boss introduced Alessandro Del Piero in the 64th minute, a week after the forward equalled the club record of 178 league goals against Lecce.

But it was another Juventus substitute who carved out the best opportunity of the match: Jorge Martinez replaced Quagliarella and proceeded to cut inside sharply from the left and fire a fizzing low drive into the side netting as Viviano scrambled desperately across his goalmouth.

The second half was utterly devoid of quality or inspiration, despite both managers making their full allocation of substitutions in a desperate bid to inject some creativity into the contest.

The final stages of the match petered out poorly, and Alberto Malesani was the happier of the two bosses as his side held out for a valuable point against the Old Lady of Turin.

Dan Quarrell / Eurosport

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