Juv 1-1 Rom: Roma hold Juve in Turin

Posted on 13/11/2010


Serie A Week 12 – 13/11/10 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 1 – 1 Roma
Iaquinta 35 (J), Totti pen 45 + 4 (R)
Stadio Olimpico

A sensational Vincenzo Iaquinta volley was cancelled out by Francesco Totti’s penalty in a wide open 1-1 between Juventus and Roma.

This was a bitter grudge match and saw Claudio Ranieri, Gigi Del Neri, Alberto Aquilani and Simone Pepe facing their former clubs. The Bianconeri were without Gianluigi Buffon, Milos Krasic, Nicola Legrottaglie, Leandro Rinaudo, Zdenek Grygera, Paolo De Ceglie, Jorge Martinez, Alex Manninger and the suspended Marco Motta. This meant teenage defender Frederik Sorensen started again, but Alessandro Del Piero was left on the bench.

Roma opted to bench Marco Borriello in favour of Mirko Vucinic, Jeremy Menez and Francesco Totti up front. Philippe Mexes came in with Juan still injured. Before last season’s 2-1 victory, Roma hadn’t won a Serie A match in Turin since September 29 2001, followed by three defeats and two draws.

The start showed quite what it’s like between these teams, as Jeremy Menez was booked within 45 seconds for clattering into Fabio Grosso!

Vincenzo Iaquinta wasted a counter-attack with his heavy first touch from Fabio Quagliarella’s assist down the right, allowing Julio Sergio to put it out for a corner.

Menez went on a mazy run and combined with Mirko Vucinic to then curl a wonderful effort from the edge of the box that Marco Storari flew to palm away from the far post.

John Arne Riise blasted over the bar from distance, while Iaquinta just failed to get on the end of an inspired Claudio Marchisio pass.

Juve went very close on 23 minutes. Aquilani flashed a ball across the face of goal, where Quagliarella’s glancing header and Iaquinta diving in only got a touch to it from six yards.

Simone Pepe skipped past Riise for Julio Sergio to flap his cross off the feet of Iaquinta, but it came to Felipe Melo for a volley well over at the back post.

A long Roma passing move saw Sorensen charge down a Riise diving header from the Menez pull-back.

However, it was Juventus who scored somewhat against the run of play. Ex-Roma hero Aquilani went past Leandro Greco and whipped in the cross from the right, so Iaquinta pulled out a fantastic volley with his right foot! It was a magnificent finish from the striker, who stood firm on his left to angle the powerful shot into the top corner.

Francesco Totti turned wide from a shaky Giorgio Chiellini clearance, then there was a big risk with a Chiellini sliding tackle on Philippe Mexes, but the referee waved play on.

In first half stoppages there was further controversy, as Totti’s free kick was charged down by Pepe’s outstretched arm in the wall. The referee booked him and awarded the penalty, as he was standing just inside the box. Pepe insisted he was turning to protect his face, but the arm was very distant from his body.

Totti stepped up to take the penalty and adjusted the ball several times before sending Storari the wrong way. It was the captain’s first Serie A goal of the season and sent Roma into the break on level terms. There was a scuffle as the half-time whistle was blown, but calm was quickly restored.

For the second half Aleandro Rosi replaced Marco Cassetti, but more importantly Armand Traore’ made his Juventus debut for Grosso, as the former Arsenal defender had never even played in a friendly.

Del Piero also came on for Iaquinta, but Roma had a good chance when Totti rolled across for Menez, whose shot was accidentally charged down by teammate Vucinic.

Menez nutmegged Leonardo Bonucci to flash the ball across the face of goal, but Pepe got back for a crucial clearance. At the other end a wonderful chipped Pepe cross was chested down by Marchisio at the back post, but he could only flick it on to the side-netting.

Totti is not 100 per cent fit and made way for Marco Borriello. Mexes did brilliantly to intercept a dangerous Marchisio through ball for Del Piero, then the Frenchman’s sliding tackle blocked off a Quagliarella shot in the box.

Pepe blasted over from a tight angle and play was halted for a few minutes after a clash of heads between Vucinic and Chiellini, but both were able to continue after treatment.

Felipe Melo skipped past Fabio Simplicio and pulled back to the edge of the box for Aquilani at the 80th minute, but Nicolas Burdisso came sliding in to charge down the shot with Julio Sergio beaten.

The game was wide open and Quagliarella tried to score one of his trademark ‘impossible’ goals. The volley from a good 30 metres was swinging its way towards the top corner before Julio Sergio dived to his left to palm it clear.

In the final minute of stoppages there was a Del Piero free kick from 30 metres, but it was delayed because the referee ordered Chiellini off the pitch for treatment as the cut to his head suffered earlier was pouring blood down his face. The defender sat down in midfield to await treatment there rather than leave the pitch, infuriating some Roma players, but the kick was taken with aerial specialist Chiellini on the touchline. When it was eventually taken, Del Piero hit the wall and on another cross Amauri nodded wide.

Juventus: Storari; Sorensen, Bonucci, Chiellini, Grosso (Traore’ 46); Pepe, Felipe Melo, Aquilani, Marchisio (Amauri 76); Quagliarella, Iaquinta (Del Piero 53)

Roma: Julio Sergio; Cassetti (Rosi 46), Burdisso, Mexes, Riise; Greco (Brighi 75), De Rossi, Simplicio; Menez; Vucinic, Totti (Borriello 68)

Ref: Rizzoli

Source: Football-Italia

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