SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 11 May 2013 (17.00 UK)
Juventus 1 - 1 Cagliari
Ibarbo 13 (C), Vucinic 62 (J)
Juventus Stadium

A sensational Victor Ibarbo run from his own half earned a 1-1 draw for Cagliari and ends Juventus hopes of setting a new points record.

The Bianconeri had already secured the Scudetto last week, but were now hoping to target Fabio Capello’s 2005-06 record of 91 points, even though that title was revoked in the Calciopoli trial. Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba were suspended with Gigi Buffon among those rested, so Luca Marrone got a rare opportunity to start in his favoured midfield role. Cagliari were safe mid-table and had Mauricio Pinilla back after his three-match ban was reduced to two on appeal.

The Juve players all walked out of the tunnel holding their children, all wearing miniature Bianconeri kits, as flags waved in a fantastic party atmosphere.

Michael Agazzi had to beat away a fierce Arturo Vidal snapshot from distance, but Cagliari started aggressively and broke the deadlock in Turin.

Victor Ibarbo gathered in his own half, then turned on the turbo to burst between two defenders and used great strength to hold off Claudio Marchisio, then fired the shot so it squirmed underneath Marco Storari. It was a sensational solo effort, as Ibarbo slowed down and then suddenly cut inside to whizz past his opponents.

Andrea Barzagli went off moments later with a muscular injury to make way for Martin Caceres. Radja Nainggolan’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal and Sebastian Giovinco went down on the very edge of the box with Davide Astori, but the referee awarded a corner.

Alessandro Matri’s scuffed shot was deflected and Agazzi smothered a Marchisio daisy-cutter. Giovinco was very unlucky on 33 minutes, as he curled a free kick over the wall and it thumped the underside of the crossbar, bouncing back off the ground and out with Agazzi stranded.

Nicola Murru got a crucial block to stop Matri turning in a Giovinco pull-back from 10 yards. Cagliari thought they were going to score another in stoppages when Pinilla fired straight at Storari from point-blank range, but the offside flag had already been raised.

After the restart Agazzi needed his wits about him to get down and palm Emanuele Giaccherini’s low drive round the base of the near post.

Juve were far more attacking in this half and equalised when Marchisio chipped up a cross from the by-line for Arturo Vidal to nod back into the six-yard box where Mirko Vucinic tapped in. Agazzi only flapped at Vidal’s headed assist.

Vidal flung himself at a Giaccherini cross moments later, but couldn’t quite get on the end of it, while Radja Nainggolan drilled wide from distance.

Marchisio almost scored a strange goal with his chest, deflecting a Mauricio Isla cross just past the upright. Vucinic also sprung the offside trap and fired straight at Agazzi, then Isla’s screamer flashed inches over the bar.

Vucinic fired off target with Agazzi rooted to the spot in stoppages after Giorgio Chiellini’s acrobatic intervention prevented Pinilla going clear on goal.


Juventus: Storari; Barzagli (Caceres 14), Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal, Marrone, Marchisio, Giaccherini; Giovinco (Vucinic 51), Matri (Quagliarella 71)
Cagliari: Agazzi; Perico (Cossu 54), Rossettini, Astori (Eriksson 65); Murru (Del Fabro 53), Dessena, Conti, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Pinilla, Ibarbo
Ref: Calvarese