Bologna 1-2 Juventus: Zaccheroni’s Magic Continues

Posted on 21/02/2010


The Bianconeri marched on to their third win in a row in all competitions…..

Juventus won their second successive game in Serie A and their third in all competitions on Sunday afternoon as they defeated relegation candidates Bologna 2-1 at the Stadio Renato Della`Ara. Diego gave the hosts the lead in the fourth minute but Antonio Busce equalised five minutes into the second half. However, second half substitute Antonio Candreva scored in the 66th minute to win the game for the former Italian champions. Bologna had Andrea Raggi sent off late on in the game.

Hosts Bologna knew that a win against the Bianconeri wasn’t impossible and started with two strikers upfront – Marcelo Zalayeta and Martins Adailton. Juventus coach Alberto Zaccheroni decided to leave centre-back Fabio Cannavaro and left-back Fabio Grosso on the bench and started in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Diego playing behind Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri.

Interestingly, it was the hosts who had the first chance of the game when Adailton sent his freekick from the left side across the face of the Juve goal but none of his teammates were there to take advantage of that as the ball went out for a goalkick.

It was that goalkick that eventually led to Juventus’ goal. Diego ran with the ball with frightening pace towards the Bologna defence and took a shot that Emiliano Viviano couldn’t hold onto, and the ball trickled off Amauri to Diego again just yards from the goal; this time the Brazilian made no mistake in putting the ball in the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

However, the former Italian champions didn’t get to take control of the match after that as Bologna came back into the game strongly. Gaby Mudingayi took a shot from distance in the 10th minute but it was cleared by Felipe Melo.

Four minutes later it was Juve who went close as Claudio Marchisio found Diego, who sliced open the Bologna defence in an effort to find Amauri, but Cristian Zenoni cleared the ball away. In the 19th minute it was Bologna’s turn to launch an attack as Roberto Guana found Zalayeta at the far post but the latter’s audacious backheel went just wide.

Four minutes later Del Piero’s persistence near the Bologna penalty area paid off as Marchisio took a shot from 20 yards that Viviano could only turn towards Diego on the right whose shot from close range hit the post and then came off Viviano.

A minute after the hour-mark Melo found Diego from the midfield and the Brazilian trequartista then tried to send Amauri through but it was a touch too heavy for the 29-year-old.

Ten minutes before halftime Bologna could and probably should have gone ahead. Felipe Melo handled the ball on the edge of the Juventus penalty area, giving away a freekick which Adailton hit against the crossbar.

There was end-to-end action in the final ten minutes of the first half but neither side could create a clear-cut opportunity until the final minute of injury time when Antonio Busce cut back for Guana from the right and the Italian took a fierce shot with only Gianluigi Buffon to beat but still couldn’t couldn’t keep it on target.

Bologna started the second half the brighter of the two sides and deservedly equalised in the 49th minute when Andrea Raggi sent in a cross from the left across the face of the
Juventus goal that Busce scrambled over the crossline past an uncertain Buffon.

The hosts then started to impose themselves on the match and had three great chances in the space of eight minutes. First Mudingayi took a shot in the 56th minute that Buffon saved with ease. Three minutes later Busce skipped past second half substitute Mohamed Sissoko and with no one challenging him took a shot but couldn’t keep it on target.

Three minutes after the hour mark Henry Gimenez hit the post from a close distance. Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini tried to clear the ball off Zalayeta inside the penalty area but it fell to Gimenez, who did well to round Buffon but hit the post from just yards out.

Bologna were punished for not taking that chance as Antonio Candreva, who had come on for Diego on the hour mark, scored. Del Piero did well to hold off two Bologna defenders and slipped through a pass for Candreva inside the penalty area on the right and the 22-year-old midfielder took his shot beautifully to put Juve 2-1 up.

Felipe Melo then put the back into the Bologna net in the 71st minute but it was ruled out as the referee deemed that Del Piero was offside when Amauri had sent him a short pass inside the Bologna area. Nine minutes later Candreva was sent through by Felipe Melo but his shot was blocked by Viviano.

The home side came close in the 86th minute from a corner when Daniele Portanova headed the ball towards the Juve goal but Buffon made a comfortable save.

The game eventually wore down to an exciting finish with Andrea Raggi being shown a direct red card for a lunge on Felipe Melo. Five minutes of injury time were added but fortunately for Zaccheroni, Juventus‘ shaky defence held on for a narrow 2-1 victory.


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