SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 15 Jan 2012 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 1 - 1 Cagliari
Vucinic 6 (J), Cossu 47 (C)
Juventus Stadium

Cagliari held Juventus to a shock 1-1 draw in Turin and Milos Krasic horribly missed the potential winner in stoppages.

The Bianconeri were still unbeaten this season and saw this as a great opportunity to go clear at the top ahead of tonight’s Milan derby. Paolo De Ceglie stepped in for the suspended Giorgio Chiellini, while Fabio Quagliarella was out after fracturing his cheekbone, but new buy Marco Borriello had his first spot on the bench. Alessandro Matri faced his former club, who were fresh from a 3-0 thrashing of Genoa. Cagliari also had injury problems for Rui Sampaio, Nene, Sebastian Erikson and Perico.

It took Mirko Vucinic just six minutes to break the deadlock at the end of a wonderful team move. There were a series of one-touch passes until Stephan Lichtsteiner rolled across for Vucinic to tap in from six yards undisturbed.

Matri drilled just wide of his former teammate’s goal, but Cagliari wanted a penalty for Leonardo Bonucci’s handling offence as he clumsily intervened on a header down in the box. Andrea Barzagli then charged down Victor Ibarbo’s effort in the area.

Simone Pepe should’ve put more power behind his header, which failed to trouble Michael Agazzi from a promising position.

Just before the break Andrea Cossu had more penalty appeals for a snapshot that came off Andrea Pirlo’s arm for a corner.

Cagliari grabbed a surprise equaliser straight after the restart, as Leonardo Bonucci’s clearance was straight at Cossu who wasted no time with a fierce left-foot strike from the edge of the box that beat Gigi Buffon at the near post.

Matri tried to earn a penalty, but only received a yellow card for simulation as he ran into Francesco Pisano. Juve called on Alessandro Del Piero and Milos Krasic in a bid to spark a reaction, the Serb’s first appearance since October.

Del Piero went close to a winner with his glancing header somehow fumbled off the line by Agazzi, then Borriello made his Juventus debut in place of former Roma teammate Vucinic.

Krasic really should’ve made it 2-1 to Juventus in stoppages on Borriello’s assist, but sliced his shot well wide from an excellent position, infuriating President Andrea Agnelli in the stands.

Moments later an Arturo Vidal diving header was off target from De Ceglie’s cross, as Cagliari managed to hold out Juve in Turin.


Juventus: Buffon; De Ceglie, Barzagli, Bonucci, Lichtsteiner; Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal; Pepe (Del Piero 63), Matri (Krasic 71), Vucinic (Borriello 81)
Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Cossu (El Kabir 75); Larrivey (Ariaudo 71), Ibarbo
Ref: Guida