Juventus were unable to break down Siena in Turin, but can complain about a penalty decision.
The battle of the Bianconeri also saw Antonio Conte come face to face with the club he took to promotion last season. Juve were still unbeaten and also refreshed, as Tuesday’s game with Parma was snowed off. Siena missed Zeljko Brkic and Francesco Bolzoni, while their midweek round was also postponed due to the weather. The Tuscans had managed just four points on their travels all season, losing their last five away from home.
Juve needed 15 minutes to get into gear, when Arturo Vidal’s screamer squirmed off Gianluca Pegolo’s palms. Moments later, Mattia Destro placed his daisy-cutter just wide of the near post. Mirko Vucinic made his comeback after a month out, but horribly scuffed from seven yards, kicking it on to his own shin.
Stephan Lichtsteiner sprung the offside trap on an inspired Andrea Pirlo ball over the top and volleyed with the inside of his left foot, but Pegolo flew for a spectacular save.
Simone Pepe was not 100 per cent fit and came off before the break for Emanuele Giaccherini. Vucinic ballooned another good chance over the bar and Claudio Marchisio’s deflected angled drive dribbled just wide of the upright.
Pegolo flew to flap a Pirlo free kick out of the far top corner, then the goalkeeper did the same on Matri’s header.
Marco Borriello came off the bench to nod wide and there was controversy when Andrea Barzagli was carded for a foul just outside the box, although replays suggest he got the ball cleanly. Gigi Buffon had to flap at the resulting set piece.
The Juventus Stadium was livid five minutes from time, as Vergassola charged down a Chiellini cross in the box with his arm, but the referee waved play on.
At the other end, Buffon spilled a Reginaldo snapshot and Alessandro Gazzi’s follow-up was just over the bar.
Borriello and Giaccherini combined, the former Cesena player curling over the bar from a tight angle.
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