SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 24 - 16 Feb 2014 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 3 - 1 Chievo
Asamoah 17 (J), Marchisio 29 (J), Caceres og 51 (C), Llorente 58 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Juventus had a scare after the restart with Martin Caceres putting into his own net, but swept Chievo aside 3-1.

The Bianconeri were forced to reshuffle with Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Mirko Vucinic and Simone Pepe injured, so Sebastian Giovinco allowed Carlos Tevez a rare rest. Michael Agazzi made his Chievo debut following a loan move from Cagliari, but Bostjan Cesar was banned with Luca Rigoni and Dario Dainelli sidelined.

Antonio Conte was so furious at Juve dropping a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Verona last week that he cancelled their day off.

Andrea Pirlo fired over the bar after Nicolas Frey’s rather clumsy challenge on Fernando Llorente prevented him from turning. Roberto Guana risked a second yellow card in the opening minutes.

Juventus broke the deadlock with a moment of magic from Kwadwo Asamoah, who gathered in midfield and exchanged passes before curling a powerful finish from the edge of the box into the top corner.

Llorente hit the crossbar, but only after handling the ball.

Juventus doubled their lead on the half-hour when Agazzi only beat away an Andrea Pirlo free kick into the path of Claudio Marchisio from six yards.

After the restart Pirlo’s free kick was deflected inches past the far stick by Gennaro Sardo, but Juve shot themselves in the foot.

A Chievo counter-attack was trying to set up Sergio Pellissier in the middle, but Stephan Lichtsteiner kicked his clearance on to teammate Martin Caceres and the ricochet flew past Gigi Buffon into the empty net. It was the sixth game in a row that Juve had failed to keep a clean sheet.

The scenario was painfully similar to last week against the other Verona club, as the Bianconeri appeared to not turn up for the start of the second half. Pellissier had a shot charged down in the box and Agazzi fingertipped a Pirlo free kick round the base of the post.

From that corner, Agazzi flapped at Pirlo’s set play and allowed Llorente to nod in undisturbed.

Giovinco drilled just wide of the near post and Leonardo Bonucci decisively charged down a Guana header in the area – possibly with an arm, but they were so close it could not be considered voluntary.

Giovinco was substituted by Carlos Tevez and there were some jeers from the crowd, to which Conte reacted angrily, embracing the Atomic Ant and shouting at the fans.

Marchisio sprung the offside trap on a classic Pirlo ball over the top, but Agazzi stuck out a foot to deny him. Buffon also needed a save with the last kick of the game.


Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Vidal (Padoin 85), Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente (Osvaldo 71), Giovinco (Tevez 71)
Chievo: Agazzi; Frey, Canini, Bernardini; Sardo, Guana, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Drame (Rubin 64); Stoian (Pellissier 46), Thereau (Obinna 78)
Ref: Valeri