Sunday January 15, 2012 Day 18 Finished Juventus Stadium

Juventus 1 - 1 Cagliari

  • Vucinic 7’
  • Cossu 48’

  1. Cagliari frustrate wasteful Juventus

    Cagliari frustrate wasteful Juventus

    Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Cagliari at home in Turin, putting the Bianconeri top of Serie A by one point until later at least. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Juventus
    • Cagliari
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    • 90+5 And that's it! Juve are held, they go a point clear of Milan at the top but will slip if they avoid defeat later - although that's a tough derby against a resurgent Inter!
    • 90+4 OVER BY VIDAL! A flying header to meet De Ceglie's super cross but he can't direct it on target, sending it well over!
    • 90+3 Boriello with a fine ball through to KRASIC WHO MUST SCORE but he mis-kicks a dreadful finish wide!
    • 90+2 Poor centre from Pirlo, straight into Agazzi arms. The Cagliari keeper has not made too many saves despite all the pressure.
    • 90+1 Juve come forward but Del Piero's pass to Marchisio on the edge of the box is short!
    • 90' Five minutes added time! Juve boosted by that!
    • 89' Dessena booked for a heavy challenge in the middle.
    • 88' Juve still trying to work something but Cagliari have all but El Karbi in their half.
    • 87' Flag is up for offside... Juve with 55% possession now...
    • - INFOSTRADA: Siena's Paolo Grossi scores the 60,000th goal in the history of Serie A. Bravo!
    • 85' Free-kick Juve on the right but the flag is up for offside.
    • 84' Pirlo with a fine ball to Lichtsteiner but he strangely heads it to a Cagliari player when he had time to take it down.
    • 83' Vidal takes a tumble in the box but nothing doing.
    • 82' JUVE SUB: Borriello makes his debut. Vucinic off.
    • 81' Krasic now on the run as Juve sense a winner. He's been out of favour after losing confidence, linked with a move to England this January.
    • 80' WHAT A SAVE BY AGAZZI! Wonderful curling ball in from Pirlo, Del Piero flying in with a header but a reflex stop by Agazzi. Del Piero should have scored!
    • 79' Pirlo on the left has to go back to the defence, who are also in the Cagliari half. Eventually though Cagliari clear but only back to Juve... Ibarba fouls Lichtsteiner and the hosts have a free-kick on the right wing... it kicks off though, Nainggolan angry with Vidal for some reason.
    • 78' Del Piero to take, good ball in but cleared for now. Still with Juve...
    • 77' Nainggolan wants treatment before this corner is taken but the ref is having none of it.
    • 76' Another long one but it's Vucinic giving chase this time and he is quick enough to get hold of it, winning a corner. Nainggolan has gone down again...
    • 75' Vidal almost finds Del Piero, cleared but the ricochet lands for Vucinic who strangely tries to blast it in from wide, high over the bar when a low ball across goal would have caused genuine problems!
    • 74' CAGLIARI SUB: Off limps Cossu, the goal-scorer, and forward El Karbi is on. A positive change then - maybe they sniff a late winner?
    • 73' Cagliari higher up the pitch than usual, getting a bit dizzy maybe. Ibarba with some fancy footwork on the right but De Ceglie clears.
    • 72' That was confusing. Anyway, a defensive change for Cagliari and a simple personnel swap for the hosts.
    • 71' JUVE SUB: Vucinic makes way for Krasic. Wing for wing. We want Borriello! No, last-minute change of plan as Matri comes off, not Vucinic.
    • 70' CAGLIARI SUB: Another ex-Bianconeri comes on, Larrivey making way for defender Ariaudo. Negative!
    • 69' Tricky skills from Del Piero on the right but cleared as far as Vidal. Now Matri on the ball, back to Vidal who launches it: Del Piero chases but he's too old to get on to those long ones.
    • 67' Del Piero immediately goes on a run, but he runs into Canini.
    • 66' Cossu runs at Lichtsteiner, who does well to shepherd it out. Meanwhile, Juve bring Del Piero on for Pepe.
    • 65' After that spell of Juve dominance Cagliari have the ball again and are keeping it simple and short. Possession 9/10ths of the law in Turin.
    • 64' Lichtsteiner brings it away with Dossena down holding his head. Now Vucinic feeds Vidal but Canini hacks it clear! Dossena does not have a head injury but is still down pretending he has.
    • 63' Good cross in from Lichtsteiner but Vidal and Vucinic both attack the same ball and it spins well over.
    • 62' Juve come again but first Vucinic and then Marchisio can't fashion a shot in a crowded box. Good defending, well in terms of numbers anyway.
    • 61' Vidal with a super ball wide right for Pepe but Agostini with a good challenge.
    • 60' Marchisio miscontrols and lunges in on poor Nainggolan, who is in the wars today.
    • 59' Nainggolan is all right to continue after that whack on the head.
    • 58' Injury to Nainggolan now after a clash with Pepe when both went for a header.
    • 57' Pisano on the run now but he fails to pick out Larrivey and Juve cleaqr from the right. Marchisio on it, Ekdal tackles but Pirlo comes away with it.
    • 56' Consecutive corners now but Pirlo's delivery again short. Cleared as far as Buffon.
    • 55' Decent ball in by Pirlo, Matri attacks but over the bar. Well over but Astori adjudged to have got the last touch - I don't think he did.
    • 54' A delay in play after a foul on the Juve right wing... Pepe I think went down. Pirlo to take.
    • 53' Krasic, Del Piero and - yes - Borriello are all warming up for Juve.
    • 52' Stupid from Matri - he dived because he saw a foot stuck out but it didn't touch him and he had a chance to score!
    • 51' Vidal plays the ball in for Matri, who turns brilliantly but ruins it all with a dive! The ref books him.
    • 50' Cossu feeds Ibarbo, he cuts inside in the box and Juve are in trouble but a poor pass lands at the feet of Pirlo who clears! He had team-mates waiting!
    • 49' Vidal crosses from the right but too heavy for Vucinic.
    • 48' Not the best defending from Juve - Ibarbo had gone on a powerful run but his final ball was poor, still Juve failed to clear it and Cossu let rip with a screamer! 1-1! Bonucci at fault for twice letting Ibarbo get past him.
    • 47' GOAL CAGLIARI! What a strike by Cossu from the edge of the D! Just sent it flying past Buffon. Juve failed to clear their lines after a bustling run from halfway by Ibarbo!
    • 46' The second half is underway!
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    • 45' No injury time and the half-time whistle goes, Juve leading 1-0 but Cagliari with a couple of penalty appeals rejected.
    • 45' That was more clear-cut than the earlier one but Cagliari did not appeal. Odd. The corner from Cossu is cleared.
    • 44' Cossu comes forward and has a crack from the edge of the box, deflecting wide off Pirlo - seemed to hit his arm too!
    • 42' Lichtsteiner is again furious with the officials after the ball is said to have gone out off his ankle after a mis-kick from Agostini. He has a point.
    • 41' Long ball releases Matri, he's all on his own so holds it up, waiting for Pepe and co but Canini eventually slides in to clear for a throw.
    • 40' Juve back to dominating possession again as they keep it well in midfield.
    • 38' Lichtsteiner races on to a long ball but is tackled as he prepared to shoot. Vucinic lofts one in AND PEPE but he heads straight at Agazzi! What a chance!!
    • 37' Dossena with a crossfield pass aimed for Cossu on the left but Lichtsteiner heads it back to Buffon. Pirlo is then fouled by Cossu, who kicks the ball away and is booked.
    • 36' The corner is claimed by Buffon, who launches it long.
    • 35' Cagliari bay for a penalty after Barzagli appears to handle a snap-cross from Agostini! One of his arms was certainly up but he was a few yards away and the one the ball hit was actually down by his side. Correct decision, corner.
    • 34' Vidal slides in hard on Ekdal, no foul and Pirlo plays it forward but beyond Pepe and back to Agazzi.
    • 33' Pepe plays it to Vucinic but his flick goes to no-one and it's back with Agazzi.
    • 32' Ibarbo with a strong turn in the box but Barzagli chucks himself in to block the finish! Then Dessena is caught offside. Good stuff from Cagliari!
    • 31' Ibarbo should have put that header towards goal, he had risen above everyone - still, almost yielded a goal. Lucky escape for Juve.
    • 30' Cossu puts in the free-kick, Ibarbo unmarked but he heads it across goal and it comes off Bonucci but into the arms of a grateful Buffon! Could have gone anywhere!
    • 29' Marchisio thinks he has been fouled by Dessena but play on says the ref - the Juve midfielder then lashes out at Ibarba and is lucky to escape a card.
    • 28' Pisano challenges De Ceglie, who again is very advanced on the left. Juve back in their attacking groove. Now De Ceglie thinks he has won a corner but the ref awards a goal kick.
    • 27' Cagliari come again as Larrivey feeds Ibarbo on the edge of the box but his control lets him down. Now Dessena raises a boot in the box as De Ceglie heads clear and Juve have a free-kick.
    • 26' Cossu again fails to put in a decent cross for Ibarbo and the hosts clear.
    • 25' De Ceglie pops up on the right, oddly for a left-back, and he can't put a cross in so knocks it back and Juve slow it down, allowing him to get back in position: and, after doing so, he puts in a dangerous cross that Astori almost turns past his own keeper, Agazzi holding on! May have been Canini's touch, both went for it.
    • 24' Vital intervention by Canini as Matri almost sends Vidal clean through! First touch let the Chilean down but a superb slide challenge. Corner.
    • 23' Almost a good counter by Juve as a sweeping Marchisio ball finds Lichtsteiner, but his low ball is straight at Agazzi.
    • 22' A lull from both sides as the match enters that middle-of-first-half phase where it gets a touch bitty.
    • 20' A second corner arises from that set piece as Cossu swings it in but headed clear. Juve struggle to get the second ball clear, Nainggolan puts it back wide, nice ball from Cossu, superb cross, Astori gets a flick on and IBARBO but Astori continues his lunge, shooting himself and putting it wide! Should have left it for Ibarbo!!
    • 19' Ekdal on the edge of the box, he gets away from his marker and fires in a low shot that is deflected just wide! Corner.
    • 19' Frustration from the home fans as Matri gives away a free-kick.
    • 18' Couple of fairly aimless long balls from Juve now. They are losing their way after a fine start.
    • 17' Juve counter and Agostini has to be alert to head away with Matri lurking. Now Cagliari come forward but Larrivey cannot trap the ball in the area and Ekdal gives it away to De Ceglie.
    • 16' Vucinic shows his defensive worth by tracking back to the left-back area, clearing from Pisano.
    • 15' The Swiss right-back is lucky not to be booked for his back-chat and Cagliari take the throw. In the end Juve do have a free-kick as the ponytailed and bearded Larrivey fouls his marker.
    • 14' A long ball aimed for Ibarbo is a touch too long and Buffon gathers first. Cagliari get the ball back though and Ibarbo seems to shove Lichtsteiner but Cagliari have the throw on the left wing. Lichtsteiner continues to argue with the ref.
    • 13' ALMOST A SECOND FOR JUVE! Agostini gives the ball away and Matri fires in a fizzing low drive that beats Agazzi but flies inches wide of the left-hand post!
    • 12' Oh dear. Cagliari with a chance to put the ball in the box but they take it short and Cossu loses control of the ball under no pressure whatsoever.
    • 11' All the way back with Buffon who finds De Ceglie wide left, he starts a move that sweeps to the right, Lichtsteiner advanced now but with no options looks backwards. Possession play from Juve until Ekdal is fouled by Marchisio.
    • 10' Matri caught offside this time as a Marchisio ball sends him away.
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    • 9' Pirlo with an uncharacteristically wayward pass, aimed for Matri but sailing out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Corner to Juve on the left after another sweeping move.
    • 7' GOAL JUVENTUS! Vucinic with a tap-in after lovely, sweeping counter-attacking play that culminates in Lichtsteiner feeding Matri wide right, who opts for a low ball to the Montenegrin instead of trying a near-post finish. Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away with the initial diagonal pass. Nice!
    • 6' Another poor cross from Cossu and Buffon gathers easily.
    • 5' Cossu with a low ball in from the left but cleared by Lichtsteiner.
    • 4' The Quag watches on with his patched-up face. Fortunately the Borriello signing means he doesn't have to play with one of those silly masks.
    • 3' Matri on the right swings over a cross that Vucinic takes on the chest but three Cagliari defenders close him down and the ball is cleared.
    • 2' Second foul of the day sees ex-Juve man Ekdal take out ex-Cagliari man Matri.
    • 1' Pepe with a foul on Astori, the first free-kick of the match.
    • 1' A few minutes behind schedule, the first half is underway at the Juventus Stadium.
    • 14:02 Now a minute's silence for the victims of the Italian cruise ship that ran aground yesterday, resulting in several deaths.
    • 14:00 A bit of a delay in kick-off, players only just lining up and shaking hands...
    • 13:59 My name is Reda Maher and I am your commentator for this game and the Milan derby later. You can hit me up on all matters football-related on Twitter @Reda_Maher. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 13:58 MATCH ODDS: Juventus 1/3, Cagliari 12/1, Draw 4/1
    • 13:57 FACT: Ex-Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri has scored six goals over the last five meetings between these two sides in Serie A: four for the Sardinians, two for Juve; Matri has already bagged 16 goals in 32 league appearances since joining Juventus.
    • 13:56 FACT: Juve have won their last five Serie A games against Cagliari; The Old Lady have lost just two of their last 14 meetings against the Sardinians.
    • 13:55 Davide Ballardini: "This result (beating Genoa) was a big boost in confidence in view of our game at Juventus. We had failed to score in our previous three games and my players were hungry to get a result and produce a solid display in front of our home fans. Now we need to show the same attitude in Turin, knowing we face a very tough opponent."
    • 13:55 Antonio Conte: "Our first thought must be towards winning on Sunday against a side in great shape, who are fresh from a 3-0 victory over Genoa. Nothing can be taken for granted, so let us try to be three points in front on Sunday evening rather than one - then we'll see what happens."
    • 13:50 Cagliari captain Daniele Conti passed a late fitness test but is not risked, instead starting on the bench; ex-Juve midfielder Albin Ekdal takes his place in the centre of the park.
    • 13:50 Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini is suspended, so Paolo De Ceglie replaces him at left-back. Fabio Quagliarella has a fractured cheekbone so is replaced on the bench by controversial new signing Marco Borriello, who was subjected to a fan protest because he once rejected Juventus to join Roma.
    • 13:45 TEAMS - Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, De Ceglie, Barzagli, Bonucci, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Pepe, Vucinic, Matri; Subs: Storari, Sorensen, Estigarribia, Marrone, Krasic, Del Piero, Borriello /// Cagliari: Agazzi, Pisano, Agostini, Astonri, Canini, Ekdal, Dessena, Cossu, Nainggolan, Larrivey, Ibarbo; Subs: Avramov, Ariaudo, Gozzi, Conti, Cepellini, Ribeiro, El Kabir
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  • Summary

    • 90+4 OVER BY VIDAL! A flying header to meet De Ceglie's super cross but he can't direct it on target, sending it well over!
    • 90+3 Boriello with a fine ball through to KRASIC WHO MUST SCORE but he mis-kicks a dreadful finish wide!
    • 80' WHAT A SAVE BY AGAZZI! Wonderful curling ball in from Pirlo, Del Piero flying in with a header but a reflex stop by Agazzi. Del Piero should have scored!
    • 75' Vidal almost finds Del Piero, cleared but the ricochet lands for Vucinic who strangely tries to blast it in from wide, high over the bar when a low ball across goal would have caused genuine problems!
    • 47' GOAL CAGLIARI! What a strike by Cossu from the edge of the D! Just sent it flying past Buffon. Juve failed to clear their lines after a bustling run from halfway by Ibarbo!
    • 44' Cossu comes forward and has a crack from the edge of the box, deflecting wide off Pirlo - seemed to hit his arm too!
    • 38' Lichtsteiner races on to a long ball but is tackled as he prepared to shoot. Vucinic lofts one in AND PEPE but he heads straight at Agazzi! What a chance!!
    • 35' Cagliari bay for a penalty after Barzagli appears to handle a snap-cross from Agostini! One of his arms was certainly up but he was a few yards away and the one the ball hit was actually down by his side. Correct decision, corner.
    • 30' Cossu puts in the free-kick, Ibarbo unmarked but he heads it across goal and it comes off Bonucci but into the arms of a grateful Buffon! Could have gone anywhere!
    • 25' De Ceglie pops up on the right, oddly for a left-back, and he can't put a cross in so knocks it back and Juve slow it down, allowing him to get back in position: and, after doing so, he puts in a dangerous cross that Astori almost turns past his own keeper, Agazzi holding on! May have been Canini's touch, both went for it.
    • 24' Vital intervention by Canini as Matri almost sends Vidal clean through! First touch let the Chilean down but a superb slide challenge. Corner.
    • 20' A second corner arises from that set piece as Cossu swings it in but headed clear. Juve struggle to get the second ball clear, Nainggolan puts it back wide, nice ball from Cossu, superb cross, Astori gets a flick on and IBARBO but Astori continues his lunge, shooting himself and putting it wide! Should have left it for Ibarbo!!
    • 19' Ekdal on the edge of the box, he gets away from his marker and fires in a low shot that is deflected just wide! Corner.
    • 13' ALMOST A SECOND FOR JUVE! Agostini gives the ball away and Matri fires in a fizzing low drive that beats Agazzi but flies inches wide of the left-hand post!
    • 7' GOAL JUVENTUS! Vucinic with a tap-in after lovely, sweeping counter-attacking play that culminates in Lichtsteiner feeding Matri wide right, who opts for a low ball to the Montenegrin instead of trying a near-post finish. Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away with the initial diagonal pass. Nice!
    • 13:45 TEAMS - Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, De Ceglie, Barzagli, Bonucci, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Pepe, Vucinic, Matri; Subs: Storari, Sorensen, Estigarribia, Marrone, Krasic, Del Piero, Borriello /// Cagliari: Agazzi, Pisano, Agostini, Astonri, Canini, Ekdal, Dessena, Cossu, Nainggolan, Larrivey, Ibarbo; Subs: Avramov, Ariaudo, Gozzi, Conti, Cepellini, Ribeiro, El Kabir

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Juventus

    Manager: Antonio Conte

  • Cagliari

    Manager: Davide Ballardini

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