Juventus have shot themselves in the foot with a Gianluigi Buffon howler that allowed 10-man Lecce a draw in Turin!
The Bianconeri hoped to move closer to the Scudetto, having already set a new all-time Serie A record by going 35 games unbeaten in the same season. On the hunt for a ninth consecutive victory, only Simone Pepe was absent due to an ankle problem, as Alessandro Matri returned from suspension to sit on the bench. Serse Cosmi won his appeal against a touchline ban, so was on the bench cheering on a Lecce side desperately trying to avoid relegation. Massimo Oddo, Daniele Corvia and Julio Sergio were sidelined with Andrea Esposito suspended, but 20-year-old Haris Seferovic was surprisingly picked ahead of Luis Muriel.
Bad news for Juve straight away, as Paolo De Ceglie pulled up with a muscular problem and had to make way for the versatile Martin Caceres. Gigi Buffon showed his confidence by dribbling to avoid a David Di Michele challenge.
Juventus opened the scoring with Claudio Marchisio’s ninth goal of the season. The midfielder got his cushioned header on to an Andrea Pirlo cross and steered it across the goalkeeper into the far bottom corner.
Massimiliano Benassi flapped at a cross, but Arturo Vidal’s follow-up was charged down. Moris Carrozzieri almost scored an own goal by deflecting Vucinic’s cross inches past the far post.
Fabio Quagliarella was stopped for an incorrect offside flag when running clear into the final third, then Marchisio set up Vidal for an angled drive that shaved a coat of paint off the base of the upright.
Benassi fingertipped a Marchisio blockbuster round the post. After the restart Christian Obodo risked a red card for a crunching tackle on Quagliarella and Lecce introduced Muriel for Seferovic.
However, the dismissal did come soon after, as Cuadrado received a second yellow for a late tackle on Caceres.
Vidal should’ve doubled their lead from a Vucinic assist, but scuffed his finish with only the goalkeeper to beat, as it was on his weaker left foot.
A magnificent Quagliarella volley from a short clearance skimmed the bar. Another Quagliarella curler was deflected inches past the far post and from the corner the ex-Napoli striker just failed to get the final touch.
10-man Lecce threatened to equalise on 74 minutes when a corner was not cleared effectively and Gigi Buffon smothered at the feet of Muriel. Juve immediately went on the counter-attack with Matri’s angled drive palmed away by Benassi. Muriel also had penalty appeals waved away.
However, Lecce equalised thanks to a complete Buffon howler! In the first half he had dribbled past a striker and he tried it again, but this time his first touch was heavy and Andrea Bertolacci pounced on the error to deposit into the empty net!
Alessandro Del Piero ran all the way back to his own box to reassure Buffon, but the goalkeeper was understandably apologetic.
Sent off: Cuadrado 54 (L)