SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 18 May 2014 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 3 - 0 Cagliari
Silvestri og 9 (J), Llorente 15 (J), Marchisio 39 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Juventus crushed Cagliari 3-0 to set a new European record of 102 points with a 100 per cent home record.

The Bianconeri had already shattered records this season for a third consecutive Scudetto, but had the opportunity to become the first side to go into triple figures. Giorgio Chiellini began his three-match suspension, while Arturo Vidal and Mirko Vucinic were injured. Cagliari were safely mid-table and missed Vlada Avramov, Eros Pisano, Matias Cabrera, Albin Ekdal, Nene, Matias Vecino and Nicola Murru.

This game will be followed by the presentation of the Serie A trophy and an open top bus parade through the streets of Turin. The celebrations were already in full swing with the team photo including all their children before kick-off. Gigi Buffon even hugged referee Bergonzi, who is retiring after this match.

However, Victor Ibarbo nearly ruined the festivities with an early counter-attack, his rising strike palmed away by Buffon after a Martin Caceres slip.

Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring with one of his trademark free kicks, which Lorenzo Silvestri palmed on to the crossbar, but could do nothing as it ricocheted in off his shoulder. This could well be awarded as an own goal for the Cagliari ‘keeper, as a similar incident occurred for Luca Toni this month, but will only be made official on Monday.

A Pirlo corner was flicked on by Leonardo Bonucci and the Cagliari defence failed to clear, so Fernando Llorente tapped in from six yards.

Carlos Tevez should’ve made it 3-0 and a personal tally of 21 Serie A goals, but hesitated and allowed the defence to close him down. At the other end, Daniele Dessena was sent clear on goal by Andrea Cossu and kept out by a great Buffon reaction save from 10 yards.

Tevez burst into the box and ran straight into the back of Danilo Avelar, while Kwadwo Asamoah’s screamer from distance was fingertipped out from under the bar. Llorente also had penalty appeals for a Rossettini tackle.

Juventus did get their third with a spectacular goal from Claudio Marchisio. He gathered with back to goal, flicked it up on the spin to leave Dessena stranded and smashed his finish into the roof of the net.

Silvestri performed a crucial save on Asamoah’s volley from the edge of the box, as it went through a sea of legs, including a Tevez dummy.

At the dawn of the second half, the Curva Sud unveiled a huge banner with Conte’s face and the phrase: ‘Without you we won’t go far... Because you are the best and have Juve in your heart!!!’

However, soon after a smaller banner also appeared in the same area of the stadium reading ‘Speziale Libero.’ The Disciplinary Commission warned it will punish this slogan, which is calling for the release of a Catania ultra in prison for the murder of a police officer. The rest of the Juventus Stadium reacted strongly with jeers and insults at those who showed the banner.

Agim Ibraimi attempted to cut the deficit for Cagliari, while Ibarbo volleyed just over from an Avelar free kick.


Juventus: Buffon (Rubinho 54); Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo (Pepe 80), Marchisio, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente (Osvaldo 60)
Cagliari: Silvestri; Astori (Bastrini 46), Perico, Rossettini, Avelar; Conti, Tabanelli, Dessena; Cossu (Ibraimi 66); Pinilla, Ibarbo (Loi 86)
Ref: Bergonzi