SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 4 - 22 Sep 2013 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 2 - 1 Verona
Cacciatore 36 (V), Tevez 40 (J), Llorente 45+4 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Fernando Llorente scored his debut Juventus goal to complete their comeback, beating Hellas Verona 2-1.

The Bianconeri had to get back on track after two consecutive 1-1 draws against Inter and FC Copenhagen. Antonio Conte rotated his squad, resting Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Mirko Vucinic in favour of Marco Storari, Angelo Ogbonna and Fernando Llorente, getting his first start in a Juventus jersey. Claudio Marchisio was on the bench after a knee injury during the Italian Super Cup in August, though Simone Pepe and Martin Caceres missed out. Verona welcomed back Luca Toni on to the bench from an ankle problem, though Domenico Maietta and Raphael Martinho were injured.

Juve poured forward, but Verona had a good chance when Daniele Cacia latched on to a long ball and Andrea Barzagli performed a crucial block.

Rafael had his palms stung by a fierce Carlos Tevez strike and in trying to stop Llorente get the rebound he ended up with a cut under his chin.

Arturo Vidal’s header was plucked out from under the bar and when Verona went on the counter-attack Juve were fortunate Jorginho let the ball run through, thinking there was a teammate behind him.

The Bianconeri also threatened as Tevez played a neat one-two with Vidal before Rafael smothered at his feet.

It was incredibly Verona who took the lead at the Juventus Stadium. A corner was nodded down by Moras to find Fabrizio Cacciatore totally unmarked at the base of the back post to tap in.

Juventus thought they had equalised three minutes later, but an acrobatic Cacia goalline clearance kept out Paul Pogba.

It was only a warning, as moments afterwards Tevez sprung the offside trap on a Leo Bonucci through ball and smashed his finish across Rafael in off the far post.

Tevez could not believe he hadn’t scored another in first half stoppages. His shot flew past Rafael to hit the upright, roll all the way along the line, bounce off the other post and into the goalkeeper’s grateful arms.

Instead, it was Llorente who broke his duck in all competition for Juventus. The Spaniard got round his marker Moras to get the header on Vidal’s cross from 10 yards.

It was still wide open, as Bonucci’s lunging tackle was well-timed but risky as Jorginho was ready to pull the trigger. Rafael smothered a Pogba attempt and then the goalkeeper flew to palm away a trademark Andrea Pirlo free kick.

Pogba went even closer, as his curling effort from distance left Rafael rooted to the spot, but landed on the crossbar.

There was a standing ovation as Claudio Marchisio made his first appearance in a month. Sebastian Giovinco also entered and wanted a penalty when he collided with Rafael, but the referee suggested they were both going for the ball.

Verona almost snatched a shock equaliser in stoppages, but Barzagli charged down Jorginho’s attempt with the top of his shoulder.


Juventus: Storari; Barzagli, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Isla, Vidal, Pirlo (Marchisio 66), Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez (Giovinco 79), Llorente (Vucinic 69)
Verona: Rafael; Gonzalez, Moras, Bianchetti; Cacciatore, Romulo, Donati (Gomez Taleb 58), Hallfredsson (Donadel 77), Agostini (Iturbe 67); Jorginho; Cacia
Ref: Bergonzi