Sunday April 17, 2011 Day 33 Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi

  1. Juventus hold Fiorentina to draw

    Juventus hold Fiorentina to draw

    Round-up: Juventus were left facing a second successive season without Champions League football after they were held 0-0 by Fiorentina. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fiorentina
    • Juventus
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: A dour game in truth - though it did get better in the second half. The draw suits neither side, so there's little to celebrate in Florence.
    • 90+2' Strong play from Sorensen to hold off Pasqual on the flank. He goes down afterwards, and play is brought back for a Juventus free kick.
    • 90+1' Gilardino causing palpitations in the penalty area once again, but somehow Juventus clear.
    • 90' Three additional minutes to play in Florence. Will there be any late drama?
    • 89' GILARDINO CLOSE! He's crestfallen, but his near post header was tricky enough without Bonucci being on hand again to see it out for a corner.
    • 88' Del Piero lacks pace these days, but he still worries those Fiorentina defenders with his footwork - a slick move down the middle looks like it could open up a good chance, but Toni cannot control his one-two.
    • 87' Mutu's shot from the edge of the area lacks pace and it is simple for Buffon to gather.
    • 86' A reminder that more goals are going in across the grounds in Italy and if you want to stay up to date with the news you can do so by clicking here.
    • 85' Aquilani picks out Marchisio, Del Piero holds up and Juventus build. If they'd played with this conviction for the whole afternoon it could have been very different.
    • 84' Montolivo in a good position just outside the area, but cannot see the right pass. Having held the ball for a moment, he plays it straight to his opponent. Waste.
    • 83' Marchisio sees a shot blocked after good work from Toni and Pepe to get the ball into the middle. Still everything to play for.
    • 82' Juventus have been also-rans through most of this match, but that was a gilt-edged chance to steal a win, and they haven't taken it. How costly will it prove?
    • 81' WHAT A WASTE FOR JUVENTUS! Their best chance looked to be unfolding if Toni had only chested the ball into Del Piero's path - but no - he takes the ball of his team-mate's foot and knocks it back in no direction in particular.
    • 79' PASQUAL CLOSE! Low, driven shot from the edge of the area - a rasping first time hit, but it started out just wide and ended up a touch wider still.
    • 78' CHANCE FOR FIORENTINA! A great cross from Vargas, a good header back from Mutu into Gilardino's path, and the ball lands just behind the striker, and the extra touch he has to take to get a shot away gives Bonucci time to make the block.
    • 76' Behrami off and Donadel on in another Fiorentina switch.
    • 75' Melo sweeps a clever pass on to Marchisio - Juventus on the move, but it dies when Del Piero's ball down the left goes out before Marchisio can catch up with it.
    • 74' Glanced header at the near post from Gilardino, but he cannot keep it down. A half chance passes.
    • 73' Brave play from Vargas, stubborn riposte from Sorensen as he tries to get to the byline. Corner for the hosts.
    • 72' Last change for Juventus - Toni, returning from injury, comes on for Matri.
    • 71' Gilardino very close to getting on the end of that cross, but once again Juventus manage to clear.
    • 70' Good move from Fiorentina, with Vargas and Ljajic showing good skill before the substitute tries a chipped cross and nobody reads it.
    • 69' Ljajic, once upon a time nearly a Manchester United player, is on for Cerci.
    • 68' A powerful run from Melo and a ball down the right hand side to Pepe - there haven't been too many of those from the central midfielder, but Juventus look a different side when he takes the game by the scruff of the neck.
    • 67' Midway through the second half - and it's been a more entertaining one. Still no sign of the opener, though.
    • 66' Half a chance for Pasqual, and he has a shot from distance. Not the cleanest connection, and he pushes the ball wide of the far post.
    • 65' Lazio were being held by Catania, but for the second time in the game they have the lead. More scores from Serie A here.
    • 64' Grosso dispossessed by Behrami, he and Cerci set off at pace upfield, but Bonucci stands firm - as he has done all afternoon.
    • 63' Foul throw! The referee awards the throw the other way.
    • 62' Montolivo spreads the ball to Vargas, but he cannot hold on to it. Sorensen has a throw deep in his own half.
    • 61' Sorensen has just done some great work to rob Mutu of the ball when he slips, loses the ball and lashes out. First caution of the game, and some stern words from his team-mates for his stupidity.
    • 60' DEL PIERO MISSES A GOOD CHANCE! Where did that come from? Matri slid the ball the way of the veteran, and it suddenly opened up for a left-footed shot - but Boruc parried it away.
    • 59' Krasic off, Del Piero on. The Serbian playmaker is often priceless for Juventus, but he's had a disappointing afternoon.
    • 58' PENALTY APPEAL! Cerci feels he was felled unfairly as Bonucci challenged for the ball, but the referee is not interested.
    • 57' Sorenson on for Motta in Juventus' first change of the game.
    • 56' Mutu goes down looking for a free kick against Motta - and he gets one, because Motta left his foot in the challenge. Another useful position for a set piece.
    • 55' Several goals have gone in elsewhere in Serie A's afternoon kick-offs - keep up with the scores by clicking this link.
    • 54' CERCI! Great footwork to shimmy into a little space, but just as he looks as if he is about to pull the trigger in the penalty area the tackle from Bonucci comes in to deny him.
    • 53' Vargas sees his cross bounce out, but Fiorentina are back on the attack.
    • 52' Melo brings down Gilardino. The referee has yet to use his cards, and refrains once again, opting to award the free kick only, just inside the centre circle.
    • 51' Krasic slips a pass to Aquilani, who lines up a shot from distance. Blocked - and Juventus yet to make any serious threat on goal.
    • 50' That might just have been the best chance of the match to date - can Fiorentina build on that initiative?
    • 49' GILARDINO ALMOST BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! A low cross from the right from Cerci, and Gilardino does well to glance a header to the far corner, but he puts his header narrowly wide.
    • 48' Montolivo breaks up a Juventus move and picks out Mutu with a quick ball forward. Mutu looks for the return pass, and Montolivo skews a shot towards the corner flag.
    • 47' Vargas tries to break into the Juventus half but runs the ball out of play on the left hand side.
    • 46' The second half begins in Florence!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Mutu and Aquilani exchange words, and Pepe is felled. That's the final action of a tetchy first half. Let's hope it improves! We'll be back in a few minutes.
    • 45' One minute of stoppages to be played.
    • 44' Gilardino again pushes forward, trying a left-footed half-volley which doesn't find its way through a doughty Juventus defence.
    • 43' Not much time left in this first half, probably no bad thing. Both sides need to rethink their strategies if they hope to win the match.
    • 42' Buffon has to be alert to stop Gilardino beating him to a hopeful ball forward, but the Juventus keeper manages to get the ball away.
    • 41' Suddenly the game is a little stretched - Mutu runs the ball forward, but takes a touch too far and loses out to Bonucci.
    • 40' Bonucci gets the better of Cerci, shutting the Fiorentina's move down as he tried to turn towards the box.
    • 39' A ball flicked over expertly for Matri, but once again the Juventus forward is caught offside.
    • 38' And after all that Pepe's delivery is an atrocious one. A hint of whip, but down the wrong line and straight into Boruc's arms.
    • 37' Montolivo still not quite ready to let the matter rest as Juventus line up the free kick. The referee shows plenty of restraint not to book him.
    • 36' Montolivo fuming as he is penalised for a tackle on Aquilani. He certainly got to the ball first, replays show.
    • 35' Vargas' delivery is too strong - the ball sails over everyone's head in the penalty area.
    • 34' Another clumsy Juventus challenge - and there have been a few of those. Grosso floors De Silvestri as he tries to scream down the flank.
    • 32' Free-kick from distance which Vargas takes. Plenty of pace and power, but a good five yards over the top.
    • 31' MATRI CLOSE! Not sure he meant that - it was a cross which went disconcertingly close to Boruc's goal before coming to rest on top of the netting.
    • 30' Aquilani launches into a shot, but his low effort from distance is straight into the legs of Pasqual.
    • 29' Better possession from Juventus - Melo picking out passes as Fiorentina stand off, happy to let Juventus play in the middle of the pitch.
    • 28' Montolivo and De Silvestri combine down the right, but the cross is blocked and then cleared.
    • 27' The referee having strong words with Pepe, who gives away a free kick with a nasty tackle on Kroldrup. But the cards stay in the pocket.
    • 26' No goals as yet, but there have been a couple in Serie A today. Chievo and Cagliari have taken the lead in their games. More
    • 25' Matri acres offside as the ball is chipped his way. At least Juventus are coming forward a touch.
    • 23' Juventus really struggling to do anything - Melo and Aquilani being overrun in midfield, and Krasic having no chance to create.
    • 22' A tame shot from Vargas to finish off a confident move from the home side.
    • 21' Vargas pulling the strings in midfield, releasing Mutu to win a corner on the far side.
    • 20' All Fiorentina at the moment, but not much in the way of concrete chances.
    • 19' MUTU WITH A RUN AND SHOT! Powerful running then a shot from 25 yards on his left foot - but Mutu cannot stay under this effort.
    • 17' Mutu's run thwarted in midfield, Juventus get the ball forward to Krasic, who is immediately surrounded by three Fiorentina men.
    • 16' Gilardino very close to breaking the Juventus offside trap - the Turin side have been all over the place in 2011, and Fiorentina look to have the upper hand in this one.
    • 15' A reminder that you can follow all the action from Serie A's 2pm BST kick-offs by clicking this link.
    • 14' CERCI CLOSE! Big chance - after the ball bounces on the edge of the area following Montolivo's run, Cerci picks it up, lashes it at goal, and it takes a deflection which flummoxes Buffon but takes it over the bar.
    • 13' In the end it was neither - and easily cleared by the first man in the wall. Not Mutu's finest work.
    • 12' Good chance for Mutu here from a set piece on the corner of the box. Will he opt to strike or play in a team-mate?
    • 11' Pepe launches a cross in from the right for Juventus, but it's too deep. Aquilani tries to clean up on the far side, but the move fizzles out.
    • 10' Half a chance for Fiorentina after good play! It was poor finishing in the end from Cerci, after Vargas' surging run forward and pass into his path. Cerci took too many touches and allowed the defence to catch him up.
    • 9' Tough challenge on Grosso from Behrami - and all Juventus get from it is a throw near the corner flag.
    • 8' Matri thinks for a moment that he has beaten the offside trap, but the assistant's flag goes up belatedly - he was a couple of feet too far upfield.
    • 7' Vargas tries a shot from all of 40 yards - it's a once-a-season sort of shot, and this wasn't the one time it goes in.
    • 6' Disjointed start to this match. Neither side have yet to make a great impression on the game.
    • 5' Motta on the ground after Mutu's challenge. The two have a chat before the Romanian helps his opposite number up.
    • 4' Juventus' turn to march forward, but Fiorentina block the corner from Krasic and head upfield.
    • 3' Gilardino on the run - good pace and power, but after slipping the ball to Behrami his delivery is a shocker.
    • 2' Bonucci clatters into Montolivo in clumsy fashion - and he comes off worse.
    • 1' Away we go at the Stadio Artemio Franchi!
    • 13:55 JUVENTUS: Buffon - Barzagli, Bonucci, Grosso, Motta - Marchisio, Aquilani, Melo, Pepe - Krasic, Matri
    • 13:55 FIORENTINA: Boruc - Kroldrup, Gamberini, Pasqual, De Silvestri - Montolivo, Vargas, Behrami - Gilardino, Mutu, Cerci
    • 13:50 These two sides began the season with high hopes, but both are mired in mid-table. Victory today could lift Juventus sixth, and into the last Europa League spot. Serie A standings
    • 13:45 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to live coverage from Eurosport Yahoo! of Fiorentina's clash with Juventus in Serie A.
  • Summary

    • 89' GILARDINO CLOSE! He's crestfallen, but his near post header was tricky enough without Bonucci being on hand again to see it out for a corner.
    • 81' WHAT A WASTE FOR JUVENTUS! Their best chance looked to be unfolding if Toni had only chested the ball into Del Piero's path - but no - he takes the ball of his team-mate's foot and knocks it back in no direction in particular.
    • 79' PASQUAL CLOSE! Low, driven shot from the edge of the area - a rasping first time hit, but it started out just wide and ended up a touch wider still.
    • 78' CHANCE FOR FIORENTINA! A great cross from Vargas, a good header back from Mutu into Gilardino's path, and the ball lands just behind the striker, and the extra touch he has to take to get a shot away gives Bonucci time to make the block.
    • 60' DEL PIERO MISSES A GOOD CHANCE! Where did that come from? Matri slid the ball the way of the veteran, and it suddenly opened up for a left-footed shot - but Boruc parried it away.
    • 58' PENALTY APPEAL! Cerci feels he was felled unfairly as Bonucci challenged for the ball, but the referee is not interested.
    • 54' CERCI! Great footwork to shimmy into a little space, but just as he looks as if he is about to pull the trigger in the penalty area the tackle from Bonucci comes in to deny him.
    • 49' GILARDINO ALMOST BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! A low cross from the right from Cerci, and Gilardino does well to glance a header to the far corner, but he puts his header narrowly wide.
    • 31' MATRI CLOSE! Not sure he meant that - it was a cross which went disconcertingly close to Boruc's goal before coming to rest on top of the netting.
    • 19' MUTU WITH A RUN AND SHOT! Powerful running then a shot from 25 yards on his left foot - but Mutu cannot stay under this effort.
    • 14' CERCI CLOSE! Big chance - after the ball bounces on the edge of the area following Montolivo's run, Cerci picks it up, lashes it at goal, and it takes a deflection which flummoxes Buffon but takes it over the bar.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Boruc
      • L. De Silvestri
      • A. Gamberini
      • P. Krøldrup
      • M. Pasqual
      • R. Montolivo
      • V. Behrami Substitution Out (76′)
      • J. Vargas
      • A. Cerci Substitution Out (69′)
      • A. Mutu
      • A. Gilardino

      Subs

      • S. Frey
      • G. Comotto
      • G. D'Agostino
      • M. Donadel Substitution In76′
      • A. Ljajic Substitution In69′
      • K. Babacar
      • M. Camporese
    • Starting line-up

      • G. Buffon
      • M. Motta Substitution Out (58′)
      • L. Bonucci
      • A. Barzagli
      • F. Grosso
      • A. Aquilani
      • F. Melo
      • M. Krasic Substitution Out (59′)
      • C. Marchisio
      • S. Pepe
      • A. Matri Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • A. Del Piero Substitution In59′
      • H. Salihamidzic
      • L. Toni Substitution In72′
      • M. Storari
      • J. Martínez
      • A. Traoré
      • F. Sørensen Substitution In58′ Yellow Card
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