Sunday September 18, 2011 3rd Day Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi-Montepaschi Arena

Siena 0 - 1 Juventus

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  1. Juve go top after win at Siena

    Juve go top after win at Siena

    Juventus returned to the top of Serie A after battling to a 1-0 win at Siena. More

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    Time:90'
    • Siena
    • Juventus
    • 90+3' And that's it. 2 wins from 2 for the revitalised Juventus, while Siena continue to wait for their first win of the season.
    • 90+3' Buffon comes out of his box to get a last-ditch Siena ball forward away for a throw-in.
    • 90+2' Terzi gets a late booking for scuppering a Juventus attack with a rash challenge.
    • 90+1' 3 minutes of added time to be played at the end of the half.
    • 90' Larrondo concedes a free-kick on the edge of the Juve box going up for an aerial ball with Barzagli. Could be their final chance at breaching the danger zone...
    • 89' The away side play a little keep-ball in the right-hand corner before suddenly changing tack and launching a cross, which goes off for a goal kick.
    • 88' Great effort from Brieza to try and keep a move alive after collecting a heavy cross at the far post, but his low centre attempt is cleared in the end.
    • 87' Juve play a goal kick short and almost lose possession immediately, but they atone for their error and carry on.
    • 86' If things stay as they are, Juve will be top of the table for the time being. Another goal for Udinese, who lead 2-0 at home to Fiorentina, would change that.
    • 84' Vitiello beats two men before squaring for D'Agostino to chip a ball into the Juve box. It's overhit and bounces off for a goal kick.
    • 83' Juventus once again cut out a Siena breakaway attempt early. They've been comfortable for the majority of the 2nd half.
    • 81' That's the sort of miss that people will remember if we get an equaliser. Juve have certainly had chances to kill this one off.
    • 80' The pressure continues from the hosts... or does it? Silly giveaway allows Juve to counter through Del Piero. He slips the ball to the feet of Vidal... who strikes nowhere near the target from relatively close range. Should have done much better.
    • 79' Grossi collects a raking ball up the left wing but loses out to Lichtsteiner, who with the help of a team-mate, gets it away.
    • 78' Vidal once again strikes straight at Brkic. He had options either side of him.
    • 77' A Juve counter attack is cut short just as they attempt that final ball into the danger zone.
    • 76' Juve sub: the goalscorer Matri is off, and club legend Alessandro Del Piero will play out the final quarter of an hour.
    • 74' A Juve cross from the left misses two outstretched legs in the area. That was a golden chance for 2-0!
    • 72' Time for the final Siena switch. Gazzi is off, Simeone Vergassola on.
    • 71' Just a little notice to the visitors that a Siena leveller is only a heartbeat away at all times unless Juve can find a second.
    • 69' Siena whip in a free-kick from the left wing... and Vitiello heads it onto the bar! But he was offside anyway.
    • 68' Matri advances as far as the 'D' before his selfless attempt to play Vidal square is overzealous and allows Grossi to sweep up the danger.
    • 67' The corner is cleared before Pepe wins another off D'Agostino, but this one ends in a goal kick.
    • 66' A decent effort from the free-kick as Pirlo forces Brkic to tip over his own bar.
    • 65' Pepe is on the torment, beating three Siena players before his cut inside is ended by a foul from Gazzi.
    • 64' Double switch for the home side. Paolo Grossi replaces Mannini, while Marcelo Larrondo is on for fellow Argentine Gonzalez.
    • 63' Vidal shoots at goal, but Brkic sees it all the way and scoops a strong low drive up.
    • 61' Grosso bursts forward to win a loose ball and keep the visitors in possession.
    • 60' Juve are starting to take over the game now. You had this feeling they would if they were able to get their noses in front. It took 54 minutes, but they have.
    • 59' Pepe and Rossettini get physical contesting possession, the ref has a word with both.
    • 58' Juve have a pair of shots blocked from the outer reaches of the 18-yard box before the offside flags brings the party to an end.
    • 57' Chiellini is coming off for Leonardo Bonucci in our first change of the game.
    • 56' Grosso prevents Calaio from entering the area from the right at the expense of a corner, which Juventus clear at the near post.
    • 55' A resolute defending display from Siena is now for nothing as they find themselves behind. They've threatened a few times though... can they find a way to pull level?
    • 54' And from it, Juve break... and SCORE! Matri with the final word into an empty net after superb play by Vucenic to beat his man and bring Brkic out of position before the cut-back for 0-1.
    • 53' An early Siena cross from the left lands in an area full of pink shirts and is cleared.
    • 51' The cross comes over eventually from the throw, but Brkic takes it with ease.
    • 50' Superb challenge by Rossettini to cut out a dangerous run down the left from Matri at the expense of an attacking throw.
    • 49' Giaccherini's cross flies past the goal mouth - but it had Brkic fooled. He goes full stretch for it, though he doesn't touch the ball. Goal kcik.
    • 48' A series of good slide challenges stop Juve from playing themselves into trouble.
    • 47' The rain-afflicted early kick-off in Serie A today, between Atalanta and Palermo, was eventually finished. Atalanta won 1-0.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+1' And we get but a few seconds of added time before we hear the half-time whistle. Siena are certainly making this difficult for Juventus thus far, but the visitors have some dangerous ammunition on their subs bench for the second 45.
    • 45' Terzi gets in a great block at full stretch to stop Matri connecting with a Giaccherini cross.
    • 44' Brienza handballs whilst bringing down a loft pass from left to right.
    • 43' Del Grosso loses out to Lichtsteiner trying to latch onto a pass by the left byline, and Juve have the goal kick.
    • 42' It comes to nothing, however, and Juve clear via a throw-in of their own from the same position.
    • 41' Calaio fouls Barzagli chasing a long ball punted down the left wing, but the referee doesn't see it and awards Siena the attacking throw.
    • 40' Juve have some sustained pressure here but once again it's an unforced error that allows Siena to break... but Mannini is inches shy of collecting the cross-field pass to keep the counter flowing.
    • 38' At the other end, Vucinic almost bursts into the box but for a great challenge by Gazzi. It was Brienza's ball for Calaio on 37 minutes, and it was actually the forward's heavy first touch not the actual assist that took it into Buffon's waiting arms.
    • 37' Siena have space here, but the angled through ball is a tad heavy and allows Buffon to smother what would have been a 1-on-1 chance to open the scoring!
    • 36' Giaccerini flashes a volleyed cross attempt across goal but it's too strong for anyone to connect with and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 34' D'Agostino fouls Matri, moments before Del Grosso gets the first booking of the game for tripping Giaccherini.
    • 33' Vucinic reminds everyone he's starting today by blazing a speculative effort well over.
    • 32' Dangerous centre into the box by Juve is well cleared under pressure.
    • 31' Mannini approaches the penalty area from the left... shoots! And that wasn't too far over the bar. An extremely graceful execution that deserved a goal or at least to force a save.
    • 30' Calaio wins a great headed flick-on into space on the left... only to find no team-mates made a run. He chases it down himself, but loses out to the right-back.
    • 28' A neat series of volleyed passes by the home side ends as Chiellini intercepts.
    • 27' Juventus win another corner, this time from their right wing... and Brkic is out to punch it away from the head of Chiellini!
    • 26' Siena have pressed for the ball back pretty well so far, but get a bit carried away in the Juventus half and give away another cheap free-kick.
    • 25' The visitors attack again but the offside flag is up.
    • 24' Pirlo fails to beat the first man at the near post with it, but recieves it back and in the end Chiellini of all people fashions an overhead kick towards goal, wide of the far post!
    • 23' Juventus win the first corner of the game.
    • 22' Pannini tests Buffon with a curling drive, well held by the keeper, after Juve dispossess Calaio on the edge of the 6 yard box.
    • 21' Gazzi and Chiellini go into a 50-50. Chiellini looks worse for wear from it, and it almost sparks a mass pull-apart between the sides but it looked perfectly innocent from both players to me.
    • 20' The talismanic midfielder follows this up soonafter with a cross-shot hybrid which Brkic dives to his right to collect.
    • 19' A Juve cross from the right is only half cleared and falls to Pirlo on the edge of the box. He fakes to his left to fool the entire back line before firing across goal... but just wide. First real chance of the game.
    • 18' Brienza is down on the floor, but shakes off the cobwebs and gets back into the game.
    • 17' It's blasted at goal by D'Agostino but cannons off the wall and Juve get it away.
    • 16' It's a stern warning for the defender but nothing more as Juve prepare to defend this one.
    • 15' Chiellini comes into Calaio from behind for another Siena free-kick, similar position to before.
    • 14' ... a short ball forward precedes a chip into the area, but it's headed away. Siena come forward again and have a numbers advantage, but Gonzalez' square ball to put Calaio one-on-one with Buffon is a let-down.
    • 13' This time around, Mannini wins one from Pepe. It's about 30 yards out...
    • 12' Siena want a foul as they burst forward, nothing given and Juve capitalise. They're forced to go backwards by a stubborn defence as they approach the final third, however.
    • 11' Pirlo almost picks out the run into the box of Vucinic, but Brkic is alert to it and comes out to catch.
    • 10' Siena win a free-kick just inside their own half which allows them to break the last couple of minutes of away side momentum.
    • 9' Juve get a nice sequence of simple passes flowing, until Chiellini brings it to an end by trying to be too direct and giving it away easily.
    • 8' Lichtsteiner dispossesses Mannini out on the left wing. Matri is unable to properly connect with an early cross at the other end.
    • 7' As a sidenote, I have to say Juve's change strip this season is one of the strangest I've seen in a while. With the big black star on a pink base, they look like a tin of Rockstar Energy.
    • 6' Gonzalez fouls Lichtsteiner whilst trying to keep an attack alive. Rather cheap free-kick to give away, pointless.
    • 5' Mannini, I meant. The hosts are settling into this one a little faster than Juve, but the visiting back line have kept their early enquiries at bay thus far.
    • 4' Siena break through Mannina but despite holding off two defenders, his low cross finds nothing but pink shirts.
    • 3' Del Grosso fouls Pepe deep on the right-hand side but the free-kick is whipped into the box and easily cleared.
    • 2' Nervy start here from both sides - I think they've each lost possession cheaply about 3/4 times already...
    • 1' And here we go.
    • 14:00 The teams are now out on the pitch at the Artemio Franchi, and we're ready to kick off!
    • 13:55 "Go Juve! Please score Pirlo, it's been so long­ since I've seen you score a wonder goal!" - Lumos!, on Fri 16 Sep 11:04PM
    • 13:50 So Del Piero's role in the 4-1 win over Parma not enough for him to keep his place - Mirko Vucinic comes in for his first start since joining from Roma in the summer.
    • 13:45 TEAMS - Siena: Brkic, Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso, Mannini, Gazzi, D'Agostino, Brienza, Calaiò, Gonzalez. Subs: Vergassola , Bolzoni, Contini, Grossi, Pegolo, Larrondo, Angelo. /// Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Grosso; Marchisio, Pirlo; Pepe, Vucinic, Matri, Giaccherini. Subs: Storari, Bonucci, Vidal, Krasic, Elia, Del Piero, Quagliarella
    • 13:40 Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino said in the build up to this game: "We will face Juventus with the utmost humility and determination, characteristics that are part of the DNA of this team and its coach."
    • 13:35 Despite being away from home, Juve will be clear favourites in this one against the newly-promoted Robur after laying waste to Parma in the first competitive game at the brand spanking new Juventus Stadium last week. Match report
    • 13:30 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Serie A clash between Siena and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi!
  • Summary

    • 80' The pressure continues from the hosts... or does it? Silly giveaway allows Juve to counter through Del Piero. He slips the ball to the feet of Vidal... who strikes nowhere near the target from relatively close range. Should have done much better.
    • 74' A Juve cross from the left misses two outstretched legs in the area. That was a golden chance for 2-0!
    • 69' Siena whip in a free-kick from the left wing... and Vitiello heads it onto the bar! But he was offside anyway.
    • 66' A decent effort from the free-kick as Pirlo forces Brkic to tip over his own bar.
    • 54' And from it, Juve break... and SCORE! Matri with the final word into an empty net after superb play by Vucenic to beat his man and bring Brkic out of position before the cut-back for 0-1.
    • 37' Siena have space here, but the angled through ball is a tad heavy and allows Buffon to smother what would have been a 1-on-1 chance to open the scoring!
    • 31' Mannini approaches the penalty area from the left... shoots! And that wasn't too far over the bar. An extremely graceful execution that deserved a goal or at least to force a save.
    • 24' Pirlo fails to beat the first man at the near post with it, but recieves it back and in the end Chiellini of all people fashions an overhead kick towards goal, wide of the far post!
    • 22' Pannini tests Buffon with a curling drive, well held by the keeper, after Juve dispossess Calaio on the edge of the 6 yard box.
    • 19' A Juve cross from the right is only half cleared and falls to Pirlo on the edge of the box. He fakes to his left to fool the entire back line before firing across goal... but just wide. First real chance of the game.
    • 13:45 TEAMS - Siena: Brkic, Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso, Mannini, Gazzi, D'Agostino, Brienza, Calaiò, Gonzalez. Subs: Vergassola , Bolzoni, Contini, Grossi, Pegolo, Larrondo, Angelo. /// Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Grosso; Marchisio, Pirlo; Pepe, Vucinic, Matri, Giaccherini. Subs: Storari, Bonucci, Vidal, Krasic, Elia, Del Piero, Quagliarella

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    Manager: Giuseppe Sannino

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    Manager: Antonio Conte

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