Juventus Suicide!

Posted on 14/03/2010


Serie A Week 28 – 14/3/10 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 3-3 Siena
Del Piero 3, 7 (J), Candreva 10 (J), Maccarone 16 (S), Ghezzal 46, pen 74 (S)
Stadio Olimpico

Juventus were leading 3-0 after 10 minutes, but incredibly bottom of the table Siena pulled it back to 3-3!

The Bianconeri received a boost with wins over Fiorentina and Fulham, but were still in an injury crisis and faced a potential banana skin. Jonathan Zebina sat out a ban with Gianluigi Buffon, Amauri, Giorgio Chiellini, Sebastian Giovinco and Martin Caceres sidelined. Alex Manninger pulled out before kick-off with a muscular problem, so Antonio Chimenti took the gloves. Siena were propping up the table, but had won their last two away games.

It took just over 120 seconds for Juventus to break the lead. Antonio Candreva burst through the middle, Momo Sissoko’s angled drive was palmed into the path of Alessandro Del Piero for the easiest of tap-ins, his 300th goal as a professional.

It was 301 for the captain moments later, as Claudio Marchisio’s snapshot from distance was deflected into the air with Del Piero ready to volley in the wayward ball from eight yards.

Incredibly within 10 minutes it was already 3-0! Candreva bagged his second goal in a Bianconeri jersey, unleashing a right-foot rocket from 20 metres that smashed into the near top corner.

Massimo Maccarone got one back for Siena in this extraordinary start to the match. The centre-backs left Big Mac too much room following Zdenek Grygera’s error and he surged forward from midfield to hit an angled drive past Chimenti.

Siena made a surprise tactical switch after just 17 minutes, replacing Juventus-owned Albin Ekdal with Larrondo for a 4-4-2 system.

The visitors were not out of this yet, as Felipe Melo required a goalline clearance to deny Pratali’s header with Chimenti well beaten.

Tziolis failed to make the most of Maccarone’s pass when Felipe Melo gave away the ball in midfield.

Siena lost Pratali to a thigh problem on the stroke of half-time, making way for youngster Odibe.

Incredibly 30 seconds after the restart Siena made it 3-2! Maccarone’s angled drive from outside the area cannoned off the far upright and straight into the path of Abdel Ghezzal to bundle over the line. Juventus had offside complaints, but replays show he was in a valid position.

Trezeguet combined with Del Piero to lob over the bar, then Del Piero threatened a hat-trick with his header that Curci flapped off the line.

Nicola Legrottaglie was at risk before this game and limped off with a muscular problem, so Zdenek Grygera had to move into a centre-back role.

Siena would’ve deserved the comeback from 3-0 to 3-3, as on 68 minutes Tziolis unleashed a screamer from the D that cannoned off the upright with Chimenti rooted to the spot.

The referee pointed to the spot, as Grygera clumsily clattered into Maccarone. Ghezzal converted by smashing it into the top corner with a very brave penalty, as Siena went from 3-0 down after 10 minutes to 3-3 in Turin!

Juventus: Chimenti; Grygera, Legrottaglie (Salihamidzic 53), Cannavaro, De Ceglie; Sissoko, Felipe Melo, Marchisio (Camoranesi 46); Candreva; Del Piero (Diego 76), Trezeguet

Siena: Curci; Rosi, Cribari, Pratali (Odibe 45), Del Grosso; Ekdal (Larrondo 17), Reginaldo, Vergassola, Tziolis; Ghezzal; Maccarone (Codrea 86)

Ref: Russo

Source: Football-Italia

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