Juv 0-0 Sal: Toothless Juve held

Posted on 04/11/2010


Europa League Gp A, Matchday 4 – 4/11/10 (18.00 UK)
Juventus 0 – 0 Salzburg
Stadio Olimpico

Juventus were booed off the pitch after another desperately disappointing draw against Salzburg.

The Bianconeri were decimated for this match and still looking for their first win of the Europa League group phase. Gigi Buffon, Paolo De Ceglie, Armand Traore, Leandro Rinaudo, Davide Lanzafame, Zdenek Grygera, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alex Manninger, Giorgio Chiellini, Felipe Melo and Jorge Martinez were injured. Fabio Quagliarella, Alberto Aquilani, Fabio Grosso and Hasan Salihamidzic were unavailable for this competition, so 19-year-old youth team player Manuel Giandonato had to start in midfield with Simone Pepe acting as full-back.

The first leg was a cagey affair that ended 1-1 and this looked to be no different, as Salzburg focused on shutting up shop.

Alessandro Del Piero whipped in a free kick that Amauri just failed to latch on to from close range with the goalkeeper mistiming his intervention.

Momo Sissoko was a doubt for this match with a muscular problem and looked a little off the pace when he was booked after 11 minutes for clearly hauling back Zarate.

Del Piero is in good shape at the moment and hit a missile of a free kick from a good 40 yards out that Tremmel dived to palm away from the goal.

Marco Storari comfortably captured an audacious Pokrivac strike from roughly the same distance.

Del Piero did get the ball in the back of the net after 26 minutes, but had already been flagged offside from Amauri’s assist. Nicola Legrottaglie’s header at the back post also left a lot to be desired.

Amauri sent Krasic sprinting down the flank for a pull-back to the middle of the penalty area, but this time Del Piero ballooned the right-foot finish over the bar.

Sekagya was booked before half-time for a blatant body-check on Krasic.

Juventus risked going a goal behind at the dawn of the second half, as Schiemer was allowed a free header from a set play, which he sent over the bar.

Del Neri made a tactical switch, as teenager Liviero replaced Giandonato and took the full-back position, moving Pepe to a wide midfield role.

Pepe sparked a splendid counter-attack that saw Del Piero backheel for Amauri, who in turn set up Sissoko for a right-foot screamer that Tremmel struggled to get under control.

There was also a scare at the other end, as Schiemer again failed to make the most of a fine Jantscher cross.

Another addition to the growing injury list at Juventus when Krasic limped off. Jantscher was left totally unmarked in the middle, but fortunately for Juve the cross from Wallner was wayward. From the resulting corner, Wallner again nodded over.

Jantscher fired just wide from outside the box and Tremmel smothered a Del Piero daisy-cutter.

It was Salzburg who had the better chances towards the end in Turin. The crowd at the Olimpico held its breath as substitute Augstinussen was allowed a free header on Jantscher’s cross, nodding inches wide of the post.

To make matters worse, Juve practically ended the game with 10 men, as Nicola Legrottaglie was visibly limping with a suspected thigh strain after the substitutions had been completed.

Juventus: Storari; Motta, Bonucci, Legrottaglie, Pepe (Giannetti 83); Krasic (Buchel 63), Sissoko, Giandonato (Liviero 51), Marchisio; Del Piero, Amauri

Salzburg: Tremmel; Schwegler, Sekagya, Afolabi, Hinteregger; Schiemer, Zarate, Mendes da Silva (Augustinussen 80), Pokrivac (Leitgeb 65), Jantscher; Wallner (Alan 73)

Ref: Stalhammar (Swe)

Source: Football-Italia

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