SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 23 Sep 2015 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 1 - 1 Frosinone
Zaza 50 (J), Blanchard 92 (F)
Juventus Stadium

Frosinone won their first ever Serie A point with a last-gasp equaliser stunning Juventus after Simone Zaza’s debut goal.

The Bianconeri had an injury crisis to contend with, missing Mario Mandzukic, Alvaro Morata, Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira and Kwadwo Asamoah, so Simone Zaza got his first start. Norberto Neto also received a run-out to rest Gigi Buffon ahead of Saturday’s huge trip to Napoli. Frosinone were still without a single point in their maiden Serie A season.

Paul Pogba’s curler was just past the far top corner and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado also turned wide, while Zaza’s scissor-kick volley was off target.

Incredibly, Frosinone had the best chance after 30 minutes, as a free kick was floated in for Nicolas Castillo to prod on to the upright. On the follow-up, Andrea Barzagli charged down Frara’s shot with his arm, but it was from point-blank range with his back to the ball, so could not be considered voluntary.

Juve also rattled the woodwork, as Pogba soared above the crowd to nod a Roberto Pereyra set play on to the crossbar.

Max Allegri made a double substitution for the second half, moving to three at the back. It seemed to work, as immediately Zaza’s shot was deflected off Blanchard to loop up and hit the bar, then the move continued for Cuadrado to find the side-netting.

It was only a warning, as moments later Juventus took the lead. Zaza thumped one from the edge of the box and Blanchard’s attempted clearance only served to make it impossible for Nicola Leali to get there.

Cuadrado’s effort whistled wide, a deflected Leo Bonucci attempt troubled Leali, while Giorgio Chiellini sprung the offside trap for a header across the face of goal.

Juventus seemed comfortable, possibly too comfortable, because deep into stoppages Leonardo Blanchard was allowed a free header from a corner and drew Frosinone level in Turin.

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Juventus: Neto; Lichtsteiner (Chiellini 46), Barzagli, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Sturaro (Dybala 46), Lemina, Pogba; Cuadrado, Zaza (Hernanes 77), Pereyra
Frosinone: Leali; M Ciofani, Blanchard, Diakite, Crivello; Gori, Soddimo, Chibsah (Tonev 71), Frara; D Ciofani, Castillo (Dionisi 85)
Ref: Cervellera