SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 24 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 3 - 0
Lichtsteiner 30 (J), Giovinco 74 (J), Pogba 89 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Juventus swept Siena aside 3-0, Paul Pogba completing the rout, but the Tuscans did hit the woodwork twice.

The Serie A leaders suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Roma last week, so the gap at the top was cut to four points. Claudio Marchisio and Federico Peluso returned from their bans with Giorgio Chiellini on the bench for the first time in two months, but Paolo De Ceglie, Martin Caceres and Nicklas Bendtner were injured. Siena beat Inter and Lazio over the last few weeks, picking up 10 points from their last five games, but Simone Vergassola failed a fitness test.

Antonio Conte had asked the fans to make more noise and not “sit there as if they’re watching theatre,” so the Juventus Stadium was particularly full-throated and sang the club anthem before kick-off.

Leonardo Bonucci horribly wasted a great opportunity on a well-worked corner when he hit a fresh-air shot from just inside the area. Andrea Pirlo then curled a free kick off target, as did Stephan Lichtsteiner with his snapshot.

Gianluca Pegolo needed a fine save to keep out Marchisio, flying to palm his curler round the post. Juve were putting on the pressure and broke through on the half-hour mark.

Mirko Vucinic threaded through with a smart angled pass and Pegolo only managed to flap aimlessly at it, allowing Lichtsteiner to tap in at the back post.

Paul Pogba side-footed straight at Pegolo from the edge of the box, but Siena struggled to mount a fightback.

After the restart Gigi Buffon punched an Alessandro Rosina corner away and Marchisio stopped Emeghara getting the follow-up.

Pegolo stood and watched a delightful Pirlo chip flash just past the far top corner, but it was Giovinco who put the result under lock and key.

A free kick was rolled forward into the box and Giovinco smashed a powerful finish in at the near top corner. Pegolo got a hand to it, but the shot was so strong that it continued under the bar.

Emeghara ensured the Bianconeri stayed on their toes, as he got a towering header moments later that Buffon fingertipped on to the crossbar. The assist was from Salvador Agra, another Siena January buy, who soon after forced a save out of Buffon from the edge of the box.

Giorgio Chiellini made his comeback after two months out with a torn calf muscle.

Christian Terlizzi was unfortunate not to get one back for Siena, as his long-range daisy-cutter thumped the base of the upright.

Instead, Pogba hit one of his traditional screamers from distance that surprised Pegolo in the bottom corner. 


Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah (Chiellini 78); Giovinco (Giaccherini 81), Vucinic (Matri 65)
: Pegolo; Jorge Texeira, Terlizzi, Felipe; Belmonte, Della Rocca (Verre 92), Rubin, Bolzoni; Rosina (Agra 71), Valiani (Pozzi 65); Emeghara
Ref: Celi