Zac and Gasp concede penalty error

Posted on 14/02/2010

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Alberto Zaccheroni hopes today’s victory can “shake off the fear,” but Gian Piero Gasperini contests the penalty.

“We are still recovering. The result is the best medicine, we hope that this victory can be the first building block,” said the Juventus Coach after a 3-2 result over Genoa.

“Now we must wait and see what happens in the next few games. I said this was a strong squad and now I hope this victory can shake off the fear from our shoulders.”

Juve struggled to begin with and went a goal behind from Marco Rossi, but Amauri ended his five-month goal drought.

“In the first 20 minutes it was like seeing the ‘old’ Juve again. Luckily when we conceded the goal, we reacted in a strong way.

“We took a weight off our shoulders, started making fewer and fewer mistakes, which led to the victory.”

The Bianconeri fought back twice to beat Genoa 3-2 thanks to a controversial penalty and Zac admitted it was a fortunate afternoon.

“It’s true, the replays show the contact was outside the box. It’s difficult to tell at that speed, but I definitely saw contact,” he said of Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ challenge on Alessandro Del Piero.

Genoa boss Gasperini pulled no punches in declaring it an unfair result at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin.

“Del Piero was sneaky,” snapped the Coach. “The penalty decided the match and we lost without deserving to.

“There was at least one error, possibly three, during the same move. It is a painful result and we are particularly disappointed to have lost in that way.”


Source: Football-Italia

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