Sunday April 1, 2012 Day 30 Finished Juventus Stadium

Juventus 3 - 0 Napoli

  • Vucinic 53’
  • Vidal 75’
  • Quagliarella 83’

  1. Juventus close on Milan with win

    Juventus close on Milan with win

    Juventus closed the gap to just two points of Serie A leaders Milan after a fine 3-0 win against 10-man Napoli at the Juventus Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Juventus
    • Napoli
    • 90+3' That's it! 3-0 to Juventus and the gap between them and league leaders AC Milan is down to just two points. The first half was a pretty even contest. However, three Juventus goals in the second to Napoli's none, tells you all you need to know. Great game!
    • 90+2' Pirlo wants a goal too but not like that. That is bread and butter for Sanctis.
    • 90+1' Del Piero again! The 37-year-old somehow manages to wriggle his way past two Napoli defenders before striking the ball at Sanctis.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 89' And it's that man Del Piero who tries his luck from range but that's always going off target.
    • 88' Napoli in the Juventus half but are up against all but Del Piero at the back.
    • 87' Napoli looking to pull a goal back, fall foul of being caught offside.
    • 86' Pirlo back in defence to win possession and calm proceedings down. Experience at its best.
    • 85' The home crowd in full voice now as they know they are within minutes of closing the gap at the top of Serie A.
    • 84' Del Piero must of be on the pitch for a matter of seconds before that assist for the third. But, hey, we shouldn't be surprised - it's Del Piero we're talking about. Class is permanent.
    • 83' QUAGLIARELLA! 3-0! Game over. Alessandro Del Piero plays in his fellow substitute Fabio Quagliarella who takes one touch to control it and another to hammer the ball past Sanctis at the 'keeper's near post.
    • 82' JUVENTUS SUB: Alessandro Del Piero on for Mirko Vucinic .
    • 81' Vucinic tees up Vidal just outside the box and the midfielder's strike is eventually blocked before falling to Marchisio who can only fire wide.
    • 80' As Napoli push for a goal back, Juventus are happy to soak up the pressure and break, which so far is proving effective.
    • 79' Juvebtus at their counter-attacking best! Vidal plays in the overlapping Martin Caceres into the Napoli penalty area and the sub manages to get his shot in but Sanctis does well to hold on.
    • 78' Juventus are not holding out for just the two goals, as Claudio Marchisio sends a speculative effort over the bar!
    • 77' Cavani, not at his best tonight, sees his tame effort go wide.
    • 75' 2-0 JUVENTUS! And it's Vidal with a fine solo goal! The Chile midfielder does a couple of stepovers, checks outside Hugo Campagnaro, then in, before finding the far right-hand corner with a smashing drive!
    • 74' There's space in both halves at the moment, there's definitely another goal or two in this.
    • 73' Sanctis saves strongly again! The 35-year-old gets down low to palm away a stinging effort from Vucinic.
    • 72' NAPOLI SUB: The disappointing Marek Hamsik is replaced by Blerim Dzemaili.
    • 70' Opportunities at both ends. First Martin Caceres races down the Napoli left-hand side and into the box before seeing his cross evade everyone in the penalty area. And then Lavezzi almost sends Gargano free but Chiellini is on hand to halt the attack.
    • 69' JUVENTUS SUB: Marco Borriello off and on comes Fabio Quagliarella.
    • 68' But Pirlo can only direct his cross straight into the arms of Sanctis.
    • 67' More joy down the Napoli right for Juve and another free-kick.
    • 66' Sanctis is waving his players up field as he launches a long kick towards the Juventus half.
    • 65' Fabulous tackle from the goalscorer Bonucci as Napoli opened up the Juventus defence at will there.
    • 64' JUVENTUS SUB: Stefan Lichtsteiner's game is over as he is replaced by Martin Caceres .
    • 63' Penalty appeal from the home team as Chiellini goes crashing down in the Napoli box after an altercation with Cavani.
    • 62' The omens look good for Juventus. Not only are they unbeaten at home since March 2011, they have also only conceded seven goals at home this season.
    • 61' NAPOLI SUB: Goran Pandev replaces Gokhan Inler.
    • 59' Glorious opportunity to test Sanctis once more! With Juventus three on three, Borriello picked out Vidal on the opposite flank but his first-time through ball was ill-timed giving Napoli the chance to clear their lines.
    • 58' Disappointing from the visitors with that corner as Juventus clean up and start an attack of their own, only it soon breaks down as Inler is there with a timely interception.
    • 57' More Napoli pressure and corner as it's Chiellini this time to heads away.
    • 56' Borriello with a strong defensive header to clear for a Napoli corner.
    • 55' Vucinic slots the ball beyond Sanctis but is flagged offside. On the replay, that looked close!
    • 53' GOAL JUVENTUS! 1-0 to the Old Lady! Pirlo's free-kick eventually falls to Leonardo Bonucci whose blast towards goal takes a fortunate deflection off Paolo Cannavaro and past the despairing Sanctis.
    • 52' Can Juventus finally capitalise off a set-piece which has so far been the most dangerous weapon?
    • 51' All Juventus again as Vidal wins a free-kick inside the Napoli half.
    • 50' Vidal caught napping again in possesion by Lavezzi but redeems himself by winning the ball back off Cavani.
    • 49' De Sanctis to the rescue! A Pirlo inswinging cross evades everyone and looks to be heading into the bottom left-hand corner but Sanctis produces a marvellous save.
    • 48' Massive cheer from the home crowd as Chiellini wins back possession and charges forward but is quickly charged into by Cavani. Free-kick Juventus.
    • 47' Hamsik with another poor pass this time to Cavani who looks in disgust as the ball runs out of play.
    • 46' Juventus kick-off the second half, as they play from left-to-right.
    • 45+1' Juventus on the counter-attack with plenty of men busting a gut to get forward to...but that cross is overhit and out for a goalkick. And there goes the half-time whistle! Goalless at the break. Both teams attacking but have so far faced some resilient defending in pursuit of that precious opener. Maybe in the second half, hey? Join me in 15 minutes.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time guys.
    • 44' Napoli try their best to mess that clearance up from Pirlo's corner, but, thankfully for the visitors, it's blasted clear.
    • 43' Powerful drive by Prilo straight at De Sanctis who punches behind for a corner!
    • 42' Cynical foul from Juan Camilo Zuniga on Mirko Vucinic. Another chance from a set-piece for Pirlo.
    • 41' Juventus work the ball to the left before sending over a cross into the Napoli box which eventaully falls to Vidal who has his strike blocked away to safety.
    • 40' With both teams attacking at will, it must be said both sets of defences have done their job extremely well to keep this game goalless.
    • 39' This game is end -o-end stuff at the moment!
    • 38' Vidal gives away yet another free-kick. This time, in a dangerous position just outside the penalty area. Lavezzi can only send it over the bar.
    • 37' Comfortable save from Morgan De Sanctis! Pirlo opts for the near post but Sanctis had that covered all day long.
    • 36' The Chile midfielder is involved in everything! This tmie Vidal wins a free-kick for his team after Lavezzi brings him down with a clumsy challenge.
    • 35 Hamsik high and wide! Inler robs Vidal of possession and sets the Solvakia International away only the Hamsik, leaning back, blasts wide over the bar!
    • 33' Amirable pressing from Napoli to make sure Juventus have to go back instead of towards their goal. Great workrate from the Partenopei.
    • 32' Napoli work their way into the final third and win a throw-in. But that is quickly turned over and here comes another Juventus attack.
    • 31' Another Juventus corner which amounts to nothing as Lavezzi draws the foul and it's a free-kick to Napoli.
    • 30' Juventus seem to be getting plenty of joy with their crossing, something Mazzarri will be none too pleased about.
    • 29' But here's a chance for Juventus as it's a free-kick left side of the Napoli penalty area. Pirlo takes it and Vidal does well to find space ahead of his marker but the midfielder can only direct his header wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post.
    • 28' However, despite the early Borriello header, Juventus have created little themselves.
    • 27' The Partenopei are starting to win most of the 50/50 challenges now. But have as yet created any clear cut openings.
    • 26' The roles have reversed. It's now Napoli on the attack and the hosts who are playing defensive.
    • 25' Walter Gargano and Vidal challenge for a high ball in the middle of the park and its teh Napoli man who comes off worse. Ouch!
    • 24' Early substitution for Napoli: Andrea Dossena comes on for the injured Christian Maggio .
    • 23' Corner finds its way to Lavezzi, then back out wide, and in comes a dangerous cross which Leonardo Bonucci somehow manages to clear out of harms way.
    • 22' Inler forward to Ezequiel Lavezzi whose effort deflects wide and out for a corner.
    • 21' Pirlo to take...but that's high and wide. Never gonna trouble Morgan De Sanctis between the sticks.
    • 19' Well-timed tackle from Vidal! Play back with Juve who win a free-kick 35 yards from Napoli's goal.
    • 18' Vidal gives away a needless free-kick as the Old Lady faithful are starting to get a tad frustrated.
    • 17' It's difficult to gauge whether Juve's swift passing is effective or are they treating it like a hot potato as another pass goes astray. Throw-in Napoli.
    • 16' Vidal starts another counter-attack for Juventus, the ball then finds its way to Borriello but in steps Inler with astrong, but fair, challenge to win back possession.
    • 15' STAT: Napoli have scored 145 goals against Juve, more than against any other Serie A opponent.
    • 14' Napoli have their tails up now and are looking dangerous every time they attack.
    • 13' Marek Hamsik should have scored! Great link-up play between him and Lavezzi who sends the Slovakia midfielder clean through but the 24-year-old overruns the ball once he gets past Buffon.
    • 12' Napoli break, but the move breaks down swiftly after sloppy play from Marek Hamsik. Must do better.
    • 11' Borriello looks really up for this match. Napoli second best to every ball so far. Walter Mazzarri is demanding more from his players.
    • 10' Chance for Borriello! The striker flashes a near-post header across the face of goal after a teasing cross by Stefan Lichtsteiner.
    • 9' Vidal is involved in everything. First the Chile midfielder has a shot blocked before nearly playing in Borriello, who is flagged just offside.
    • 8' The tempo by the Old Lady is relentless. Napoli are already struggling to cope.
    • 7' Borriello wins possession back and plays it to Pirlo only, this time, the Italian maestro loses the ball.
    • 6' All Juventus at the moment, Napoli appear content on defending.
    • 5' Giorgio Chiellini is invited to push ahead and does so but his cross fails to pick out Vidal in the Napoli box.
    • 4' Arturo Vidal wins a corner for Juventus. Pirlo plays it short but eventually gets it back before whipping in a delicious cross which Marco Borriello brushes just wide. Big chance!
    • 3' Edinson Cavani penalised for a “strikers” tackle there on Andrea Pirlo.
    • 2' The hosts, however, are wearing pink shirts with black shorts and socks as they look to get a foothold on this game early on.
    • 1' Napoli, in their familiar light blue shirts and white shorts, get us off and underway!
    • 19:44 Lively atmosphere here in Turin! A win for the home side would put them to within two points of league leaders AS Milan. Napoli themselves will want an important win tonight if they are to cement a Champions League place of their own for next season.
    • 19:40 Interesting team-news from the Juventus coach. Marco Borriello leads the line alongside Mirko Vucinic in place of the team’s top scorer Alessandro Matri who, incidentally, has already netted five goals against today’s opponents in previous encounters.
    • 19:35 Despite that disheartening stat for the away side, there still is hope for Napoli – the Partenopei have yet to taste defeat in their last five games against the Old Lady (three wins and two draws).
    • 19:30 However, the hosts – who are unbeaten this season - will fancy the win having lost just seven of their previous 65 home encounters versus Napoli.
    • 19:25 So, it may prove difficult to split these two sides this evening if you consider Juventus have drawn 14 in 29 Serie A matches so far this season - the most by any side in the league. Add to that, Napoli have draw their previous two; and let’s not forget, the reverse fixture this campaign ended in a pulsating 3-3 draw!
    • 19:20 Walter Mazzarri: "We are now used to playing matches of a high level. We are going to get the most out of our game against Juventus. As long as we can still mathematically qualify for the Champions League we must aim for the maximum. After this complicated game that awaits us we will have a specific timetable that will allow us to decide our future."
    • 19:15 Antonio Conte: "Beating Napoli would be a good step towards securing second place. Going straight into the Champions League group stages without playing a preliminary game would be amazing. When we played away to them at the San Paolo we played a 3-5-2 formation and since then almost everyone else has done likewise. Mazzarri plays an unusual formation with the full-backs pushing up very high and without proper coverage you risk a numerical inferiority in defence."
    • 19:10 THE TEAMS ARE IN!: Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie, Borriello, Vucinic…Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pepe, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Matri, Del Piero. /// Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Gargano, Inler, Maggio, Zuniga, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani…Subs: Rosati, Fernandez, Britos, Dossena, Dzemaili, Pandev, Vargas.
    • 19:05 Match Odds: Juventus 13/15, Napoli 15/4, Draw 5/4.
    • 19:00 Hello and good evening, welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE text coverage of the top of the table clash between Juventus (2nd) and Napoli (4th) at the Juventus Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 55' Vucinic slots the ball beyond Sanctis but is flagged offside. On the replay, that looked close!

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