SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 9 Feb 2014 (14.00 UK)
Verona 2 - 2 Juventus
Tevez 4, 21 (J), Toni 52 (V), Gomez Taleb 94 (V)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Carlos Tevez gave Juventus a 2-0 lead on Daniel Osvaldo’s debut, but Verona clawed back a point in stoppages.

The Bianconeri’s lead at the top of the table was down to six points, but they hoped to take advantage of the Rome Derby this afternoon. Daniel Osvaldo was on the bench awaiting his debut, while Andrea Barzagli was injured and Gigi Buffon returned from suspension. Verona opted for Bosko Jankovic alongside Juan Manuel Iturbe and ex-Juve striker Luca Toni, but Domenico Maietta was still sidelined.

Andrea Pirlo curled in a free kick after three minutes that Carlos Tevez saw deflected off Emil Hallfredsson, forcing Rafael into an acrobatic save under the bar.

It was an early warning that Verona did not heed, as Juve took the lead moments later. Kwadwo Asamoah burst past Fabrizio Cacciatore and his shot was parried into the path of Tevez to tap in.

Luca Toni pounced on a Leonardo Bonucci error, but Arturo Vidal’s tackle was decisive to stop him making the most of it.

Tevez doubled both his tally and the Juventus advantage at the Bentegodi when he ran on to a Paul Pogba through ball and placed his angled drive past Rafael at the near post. However, his leg was offside.

Verona had penalty appeals for a Martin Caceres handling offence, but it ricocheted around in the area and may well have struck his leg instead.

It was almost a first half hat-trick for the Apache, but his right-foot shot from the edge of the box was over the bar.

Hellas had a frantic start to the second half, as Bonucci rushed back to stop Romulo after a nutmeg on Giorgio Chiellini, then from that corner Vidal handled to clear a Toni header.

Verona were clearly fired up and got a goal back when Romulo’s free kick was curled on to the head of Toni, who got in front of the defenders at the near post. There were again suspicions of offside.

Chiellini and Vidal charged down a couple more Toni attempts, while Antonio Conte threw on ex-Southampton striker Daniel Osvaldo for his debut. He nearly scored within 90 seconds, as he sprung the offside trap on Pirlo’s pass, drew out the goalkeeper and his angled drive clipped the base of the far upright.

Chiellini limped off with a suspected calf strain and Verona thought they had equalised when Toni half-volleyed another free kick, but Buffon flew for a fingertip save at the base of the near post.

Marques risked a straight red for his two-footed tackle on Vidal, which left a gaping hole in the Chilean’s sock.

Lichtsteiner handled in the box during stoppages, but it hit him after Toni’s deflection, so was considered involuntary.

Verona were pouring forward for the entire second half and earned a deserved equaliser in stoppages. A free kick was taken quickly, Romulo was allowed to cross and Juanito Gomez Taleb got in front of defenders for a glancing header.


Verona: Rafael; Albertazzi, Marques, Moras, Cacciatore (Gomez Taleb 86); Hallfredsson, Donadel (Cirigliano 69), Romulo; Iturbe, Toni, Jankovic (Martinho 62)
Juventus: Buffon; Chiellini (Ogbonna 75), Bonucci, Caceres; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah (Peluso 80); Tevez, Llorente (Osvaldo 66)
Ref: Doveri