SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 7 Mar 2012 (17.30 UK)
Bologna 1 - 1 Juventus
Di Vaio 17 (B), Vucinic 59 (J)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Juventus were pegged back to another 1-1 draw by Bologna and Leonardo Bonucci was sent off, so they remain two points behind leaders Milan.

This match was snowed off on February 12, but also has a special meaning for the season, as going into the game Juve were three points adrift of leaders Milan thanks to the game in hand. Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli were both sidelined, so Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci joined a revamped defence. Marco Borriello was given a rare start with under-fire Mirko Vucinic.

Bologna missed Robert Acquafresca, Archimede Morleo and Simone Loria. Former Juve star Marco Di Vaio was supported by the duo of Alessandro Diamanti and Gaston Ramirez.

Borriello’s early low shot was straight at Jean-Francois Gillet and a Diamanti cross-shot was not too far off. Gillet had a scare with the Andrea Pirlo free kick deflected just wide of the far post as he scrambled helplessly across.

However, it was Bologna who broke the deadlock with ex-Juve man Di Vaio, who hadn’t scored past Gigi Buffon in almost five years. It was a classic counter, as Gaston Ramirez threaded through for Di Vaio to spring the offside trap and smartly place an angled drive past the on-rushing Buffon with the inside of his right foot.

Ramirez was off on another very dangerous counter-attack before he was rugby-tackled by Leonardo Bonucci for an inevitable yellow card in midfield.

Mirko Vucinic failed to get on the end of a long Caceres pass, as Juventus struggled to get back into the game. In fact, Pirlo was booked for hacking down Perez in the centre-circle.

Borriello and Vucinic combined well with one-touch passing, but Arturo Vidal smashed the finish well over the bar.

The second half started in the same vein, as Di Vaio fired over on the counter-attack. Pirlo’s free kick was a little too long for Caceres at the back post.

Juventus did get their equaliser with Vucinic, who until that point had done very little. He sprung the offsde trap past Andrea Raggi on Pirlo’s ball through the middle and chipped the on-rushing Gillet.

Suddenly it was like a different Juventus. Gillet performed a stunning reaction save from point-blank range on Stephan Lichtsteiner’s diving header, then Claudio Marchisio’s follow-up was spectacularly palmed off the line too.

Simone Pepe’s cross from the right found Borriello to fire wide of the near stick, but Antonio Conte was sent off from the touchline for his rather emphatic protests.

Juventus ended the game with 10 men, as Bonucci saw red for a blatant professional foul to stop Di Vaio going on the counter-attack. 


Bologna: Gillet; Raggi, Portanova, Antonsson, Garics (Pulzetti 70); Mudingayi, Perez, Rubin (Belfodil 87); Diamanti (Kone 66), Ramirez; Di Vaio
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Caceres, Bonucci, De Ceglie; Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe (Padoin 85), Vucinic (Giaccherini 78), Borriello (Quagliarella 78)
Ref: Banti

Sent off: Bonucci 84 (J)