Sunday January 8, 2012 Day 17 Finished Stadio Via del mare

Lecce 0 - 1 Juventus

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  1. Juve joint top after Lecce win

    Juve joint top after Lecce win

    Juventus remained in the thick of the three-horse title race at the summit of Serie A with a laboured 1-0 win over Lecce. More

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    Time:90'
    • Lecce
    • Juventus
    • 90+3' This one goes straight into the corner as well, where Vucinic is cynically barged to the ground by Cuadrado. And there's the full-time whistle. Juve return to second on goal difference, while Lecce are now nine points from safety. Join me on Twitter for post-match discussion @liamhappe
    • 90+2' It's taken extremely short as Juve hope to wind down the remaining 60 seconds, but Lecce eventually concede a free-kick out of frustration.
    • 90+1' Two more minutes will be played, and here comes Matri once more. He's clean through if he can outrun Oddo, but he cannot and Juve will settle for the corner.
    • 90' Corner gets no further than the near post but Lecce's attempt to break is equally fruitless.
    • 89' Matri looks to kill the game off from an angle on the left! Shot is tipped over by Benassi!
    • 88' All six subs used now as Pirlo makes way for Luca Marrone.
    • 86' Milan and Roma have both doubled their leads. Boateng for the former and Totti's second for the latter.
    • 85' Chiellini's ball to Matri provokes the offside flag.
    • 84' Pepe off, De Ceglie on for Juventus now.
    • 83' Lecce putting Juve under some decent pressur now and Mesbah crosses from the left to find Pasquato! Even at an angle, he volleys wide of the far post. That was a major chance.
    • 82' Obodo is replaced by Daniele Corvia in Lecce's final and very attack-minded change. Last roll of the dice from the basement club.
    • 81' Matri tees up Vucinic whose casual low drive needs fingertips from Benassi to put it beyond the far post!
    • 80' Benassi claims another cross from the right with authority.
    • 79' Giacomazzi fires over for Lecce at the other end.
    • 78' Juve surge forward on a counter but Matri's cross attempt goes straight to Benassi.
    • 77' Marchisio has a cut-back attempt intercepted only as far as Vucinic, who shoots off target.
    • 75' In fact, Lecce move forward until Juve manage to snuff out the threat. We appear to be limping towards the finale here.
    • 74' Obodo concedes a free-kick on Matri, but nothing comes of the set piece.
    • 73' Finally, an unforced substitution. Di Michele makes way for Cristian Pasquato.
    • 72' Olivera goes down as he approaches the Juve box. The ref tells him to get up.
    • 70' Vucinic has space on the left, but he was offside.
    • 69' 3-0 to Cagliari now.
    • 68' Cuadrado is the next man in the book. Dangerous lunge on Pepe. To be honest, it was two-footed and should have been red. Perhaps Pepe being able to evade contact led to a let-off for the Lecce man.
    • 67' Matri handballs going for an aerial ball against Esposito.
    • 66' Murial fouls Barzagli and Juve take the free-kick inside their own half.
    • 65' Oddo curls the free-kick towards goal - not bad! Just dipped too late to test Buffon.
    • 64' Chiellini cynically brings down Murial before he can exploit an opening in the Juve back line. It gets him a yellow card.
    • 62' Vucinic has a cross/shot saved comfortably by Benassi.
    • 61' Bologna lead Catania 1-0. Cagliari now have a 2-0 advantage over Genoa.
    • 60' Vucinic shoots, but there's too much power behind it even from that range. Goal kick.
    • 59' Esposito fouls Matri to give Juventus a breather and more importantly, a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 58' The hosts continue to search and Obodo is closed down twice in succession as he tries to find the equaliser.
    • 57' Lecce attack again and they're looking dangerous. Far too much space being left open by Juve once more. Giacomazzi bursts down the right and pulls back well for Di Michele! How did he miss that! It was so wide it didn't even leave the pitch!
    • 56' Great run by Vucinic into the box from the left flank but his claims he was pulled down by a defender are negated by the fact he allowed the ball to cross the byline first.
    • 55' It's a poor delivery and fails to beat the first man.
    • 54' A Lecce counter-attack lads to Vucinic tracking back only to pull down Cuadrado. Free kick 30 yards out to the right.
    • 53' ...and Olivera.
    • 52' Bust-up between Vidal and Olivera, some pretty heavy duty shoving between the two. Results in a booking for both Vidal...
    • 51' Dangerous low cross from the right by Lecce but it misses 2 or 3 team-mates!
    • 50' Cuadrado is offside from Benassi's hoof upfield.
    • 49' Jovetic's second of the game has extended Fiorentina's lead at Novara to three. Only goal of the second half so far across the Serie A board.
    • 48' And now at the other end, Olivera heads a long free-kick wide.
    • 47' Bright start from Juve as Marchisio is found in space on the left and he moves into the box before having his attempt to tee up Vidal for the tap-in put behind for a corner.
    • 46' Juventus get us back underway.
    • 45+3' Oddo and Muriel commit fouls in succession, but that's it for the first half.
    • 45+2' Olivera is unable to get onto a cross from the left and Buffon claims.
    • 45+1' Several bumps and bruises mean we will play three extra minutes at the end of the half. DI MICHELE! What a drive and a vital save by Buffon!
    • 45' Great breakaway initiated by a cracking through pass to Olivera, but Di Michele cannot get past Barzagli.
    • 43' Olivera is through on a long ball, but triggered the flag in the process.
    • 42' Another Lecce corner, and this one's delivered menacingly but just misses the red and yellow striped shirts congregating in the area!
    • 41' Pepe is certainly in the thick of this game so far. This time he's the guilty party catching Obodo as the two challenge for a high ball.
    • 40' Montolivo has doubled Fiorentina's advantage at Novara. The first came from the penalty spot, a common theme so far today, courtesy of Jovetic.
    • 39' They decide to play it short and as a result the opportunity fizzles out. Oddo clatters the unfortunate Pepe and earns the game's first booking.
    • 38' Juve have a free kick deep on the left wing now, Cuadrado caught Pepe for that one.
    • 37' Lichtsteiner is caught offside running onto Pirlo's lofted through pass.
    • 36' Juve are 1 match away from equalling their longest unbeaten run from the season start in the Serie A (17 in 1946-47 and in 1949-50). It'll take at least two goals from the bottom team to prevent that now.
    • 35' Pepe has a half-volley closed down well inside the Lecce box. Roma now lead Chievo through a Totti penalty.
    • 34' Taken short then crossed in, but overhit and Juve will see that one drift out.
    • 33' Another corner won by Lecce.
    • 32' Cuadrado almost finds Di Michele in the box but the pass is crucially cut out. Cuadrado shoots upon getting the ball back but it's a poor sliced attempt.
    • 31' Lecce give possession away again and here come Juve on the counter. They can't get into the penalty area, though.
    • 30' Juve bring the ball forward from the set piece and Pepe tries an audacious effort which misses the target.
    • 29' Olivera catches Pirlo, free-kick just inside Lecce's own half.
    • 28' A bit against the run of play, to be honest, but the expected score line before kick-off. Lecce will need to show resolve to stay in this despite the blow.
    • 27' Great quick attacking throw by Juve and Vucinic strikes from the edge of the 'D', it's parried but spilt by Benassi and Matri is there to bat cleanup! It's 1-0 Juve thanks to Matri's rebound header!
    • 26' Ibrahimovic has put Milan ahead at Atalanta. Cagliari also lead Genoa, while Fiorentina are one up at Novara.
    • 25' Juve finally move forward with intent, but are guilty of trying to pass too many times. Nobody pulls the trigger and Lecce snuff out the threat. But here they come again and Matri is through! Takes the shot too early this time, ironically, and it's straight at Benassi.
    • 24' Esposito grabs the shirt of his marker, spoiling the set piece and giving Juve a defensive free-kick.
    • 23' Bonucci fouls Muriel and the free-kick is whipped in from the right wing, leading to another Lecce corner.
    • 22' Another early enforced sub, this time from Juventus: Quagliarella has some sort of facial injury it seems and has been replaced by Matri.
    • 21' From the corner, taken by Cuadrado, Esposito heads over the bar. Not a horrible start from the home side thus far.
    • 20' Di Michele wins a corner with a deflected strike.
    • 19' Mistake by Chiellini lets Cuadrado free down the right but his low cross is tame and is cleared.
    • 18' Olivera has a shot blocked. Lecce had a lot of space to advance into for that attack.
    • 17' He's alright to continue and play resumes.
    • 16' Marchisio has a shot closed down, and now Lecce have another casualty. Esposito on the grass this time.
    • 15' Chiellini the guilty party there on Obodo. Juve tried to break but it was dealt with.
    • 14' Lecce win another free-kick just inside the Juve half and work some decent passing play from it before needlessly giving the ball away.
    • 13' Cross in from the right almost causes a nightmare for the Lecce back line but they get their act together and hack it away.
    • 11' Goal kick Lecce after Quagliarella misses the target this time.
    • 10' Chiellini is fouled by Giacomazzi inside his own half.
    • 9' Quagliarella wins a corner from which Vidal hits one wildly, nowhere near finding the target.
    • 8' Great chance that for the hosts. Juve looked a little vulnerable from the set piece.
    • 7' The free-kick is whipped into the danger zone well by Oddo and it finds Giacomazzi yards from goal! Point blank save by Buffon!
    • 6' The corner is headed away from goal. Now Lecce win a free-kick 30 yards away from the other end, Bonucci fouling Cuadrado.
    • 5' The corner is delayed by an injury to Strasser. Replays show Pepe's strike may well have been going wide anyway. Strasser cannot continue and is replaced by Ruben Olivera.
    • 4' Pepe's going to have a dig here, that's a fierce drive towards the far post and Benassi pushes it away! Good save.
    • 3' The free-kick ends up safely over the byline for a goal kick.
    • 2' Foul by Quagliarella on Murial near the halfway line.
    • 1' Lecce kick off the first half.
    • 14:00 Here come the teams - kick-off is up next!
    • 13:55 TEAMS - Lecce: Benassi, Oddo, Tomovic, Esposito, Cuadrado, Strasser, Giacomazzi, Mesbah, Obodo, Murial, Di Michele. Subs: Bertolacci, Ferrario, Pasguato, Corvia, Sergio, Brivio, Olivera. /// Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pepe, Quagliarella, Vucinic. Subs: Storari, Krasic, Matri, De Ceglie, Marrone, Giaccherini, Del Piero.
    • 13:50 To return to the top of the table today, Juve need to avoid defeat and better AC Milan's result away to Atalanta. It's Udinese who currently lead the chasing pack, however, after their early kick-off which ended half an hour ago. Report: Udinese 4-1 Cesena
    • 13:45 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE Serie A coverage as Juventus travel to Lecce!
  • Summary

    • 89' Matri looks to kill the game off from an angle on the left! Shot is tipped over by Benassi!
    • 83' Lecce putting Juve under some decent pressur now and Mesbah crosses from the left to find Pasquato! Even at an angle, he volleys wide of the far post. That was a major chance.
    • 81' Matri tees up Vucinic whose casual low drive needs fingertips from Benassi to put it beyond the far post!
    • 65' Oddo curls the free-kick towards goal - not bad! Just dipped too late to test Buffon.
    • 57' Lecce attack again and they're looking dangerous. Far too much space being left open by Juve once more. Giacomazzi bursts down the right and pulls back well for Di Michele! How did he miss that! It was so wide it didn't even leave the pitch!
    • 51' Dangerous low cross from the right by Lecce but it misses 2 or 3 team-mates!
    • 47' Bright start from Juve as Marchisio is found in space on the left and he moves into the box before having his attempt to tee up Vidal for the tap-in put behind for a corner.
    • 45+1' Several bumps and bruises mean we will play three extra minutes at the end of the half. DI MICHELE! What a drive and a vital save by Buffon!
    • 27' Great quick attacking throw by Juve and Vucinic strikes from the edge of the 'D', it's parried but spilt by Benassi and Matri is there to bat cleanup! It's 1-0 Juve thanks to Matri's rebound header!
    • 25' Juve finally move forward with intent, but are guilty of trying to pass too many times. Nobody pulls the trigger and Lecce snuff out the threat. But here they come again and Matri is through! Takes the shot too early this time, ironically, and it's straight at Benassi.
    • 7' The free-kick is whipped into the danger zone well by Oddo and it finds Giacomazzi yards from goal! Point blank save by Buffon!
    • 4' Pepe's going to have a dig here, that's a fierce drive towards the far post and Benassi pushes it away! Good save.
    • 13:55 TEAMS - Lecce: Benassi, Oddo, Tomovic, Esposito, Cuadrado, Strasser, Giacomazzi, Mesbah, Obodo, Murial, Di Michele. Subs: Bertolacci, Ferrario, Pasguato, Corvia, Sergio, Brivio, Olivera. /// Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pepe, Quagliarella, Vucinic. Subs: Storari, Krasic, Matri, De Ceglie, Marrone, Giaccherini, Del Piero.

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  • Lecce

    Manager: Serse Cosmi

  • Juventus

    Manager: Antonio Conte

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