SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 25 Jan 2014 (19.45 UK)
Lazio 1 - 1 Juventus
Candreva pen 27 (L), Llorente 60 (J)
Stadio Olimpico

Juventus didn’t get a 13th straight win, but after Gigi Buffon’s red card they earned a 1-1 against a Lazio side that hit the woodwork twice.

The Bianconeri were seeking a 13th consecutive Serie A victory, but confidence was hit by Tuesday’s 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Roma in this very stadium. Giorgio Chiellini was suspended and Andrea Pirlo rested in favour of Claudio Marchisio, so Angelo Ogbonna stepped into defence. Lazio were unbeaten under Edy Reja with seven points from three rounds, but missed Federico Marchetti, Stefan Radu, Ederson and the banned Eddy Onazi, Senad Lulic and Stefano Mauri.

Juve were unbeaten here in Serie A since 2003, winning six of their last eight visits. Arturo Vidal’s long-range attempt looped over, but Gigi Buffon ran a huge risk when he tried to dribble Miroslav Klose from eight yards and was fortunate the German turned wide when diving in.

A Kwadwo Asamoah cross-shot flashed across the face of goal and Buffon timed his intervention well to smother a Hernanes pass at the feet of Abdoulay Konko.

However, there was an early turning point in the match when Klose sprung the offside trap and Buffon clattered into him on the six-yard line. The referee opted for a penalty and red card for interrupting a clear goal-scoring opportunity, leaving Juve with 10 men. It was Buffon’s first Serie A dismissal since February 2011 against Lecce.

Before the spot-kick could be taken, Marco Storari had to replace Asamoah, but his first job was to remove the ball from the net, as Antonio Candreva sent him the wrong way.

Berisha needed a desperate save from point-blank range on Fernando Llorente, who had got in front of his marker.

Juventus risked giving away another penalty in first half stoppages when Leonardo Bonucci’s arm blocked a Hernanes shot, but the referee considered it to be involuntary. It was kicked on to his arm, but at the same time the defender had it outstretched as he jumped.

Candreva blasted over the bar after a well-worked move and Andrea Barzagli charged down a Hernanes attempt.

Juventus equalised when down to 10 men, as ex-Lazio star Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled back from the by-line for Llorente’s extraordinary header that looped up into the far top corner. It seemed to be remote-controlled into that spot past a helpless Berisha.

The goal sparked a different attitude in the Bianconeri and moments later Carlos Tevez burst into the box to force Berisha into a one-handed save at the near post. Yet Juve also had a scare with a Hernanes effort flashing inches past both the far stick and the sliding Klose.

Vidal blasted over and Candreva drilled wide of the near post, then Llorente sprung the offside trap to be closed down by Giuseppe Biava and Tevez’s follow-up hit a defender.

Lazio thought they had restored their advantage on 75 minutes when Cristian Ledesma floated a free kick into the middle for Klose’s bullet header, but Storari performed an extraordinary reaction save to turn it on to the bar with his wrist from close range.

It was wide open and Berisha had to smother at Vidal’s feet from a Tevez through ball. Keita Balde came on and within a minute his curler had hit the post, bounced off Storari’s face and the goalkeeper somehow managed to get hold of it.

Moments later Llorente’s effort was deflected over the bar from 10 yards, Dias charged down Vidal in the box and Storari blocked a Lucas Biglia strike.


Lazio: Berisha; Biava, Cana, Dias; Cavanda (Gonzalez 65), Ledesma, Biglia, Konko; Candreva (Keita 84), Hernanes; Klose
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba, Asamoah (Storari 26); Tevez, Llorente
Ref: Massa

Sent off: Buffon 25 (J)