Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 31 Finished Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo 0 - 2 Juventus

  • Bonucci 56’
  • Quagliarella 69’

  1. Juventus win to regain top spot

    Juventus win to regain top spot

    Juventus returned to the top of Serie A after a 2-0 win over Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Palermo
    • Juventus
    • 90' FULL TIME. That's it. Juventus win 2-0 and return to the top of Serie A.
    • 87' Juve just keeping the ball in the final stages. They are taking no chances - Palermo know they're a beaten team.
    • 86' Miccoli is released down the right but Chiellini gets back to win possession. That sums up Miccoli's night.
    • 84' If Juve come through the final few minutes here, they will have extended their unbeaten run this season to 31 games.
    • 82' Palermo sub: Vasquez on, Ilicic off
    • 80' Marchisio has been caught late by Bacinovic, and the Juve man has stayed down.
    • 79' Palermo sub: Bacinovic on, Migliaccio off
    • 78' Juve sub: Del Piero on, Quagliarella off
    • 76' Marchisio goes into the book for a tug on Labrin.
    • 74' Caceres gets around the back and meets the corner, but his effort crashes into the side netting.
    • 72' Juve looking for a third here as Milanovic concedes a corner.
    • 70' How costly that missed chance for Palermo moments before the goal looks now.
    • 69' GOAL! Daylight for Juventus. Substitute Matri receives the ball on the edge of the box with his back to goal and does well to lay it off to Quagliarella, who caresses the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot. 2-0.
    • 68' Miccoli produces some lovely trickery to get away from Chiellini on the right before firing a low ball across the face of goal that Ilicic just fails to make contact with.
    • 66' Juve sub: Matri on, Vucinic off.
    • 64' Vucinic finds some space on the edge of the box but fires a powerful shot straight at Viviano, who palm away to his left.
    • 62' Great chance for Palermo as Migliaccio ghosts into a great position 12 yards out, but fails to make contact after a high ball over the top picked him out.
    • 60' Palermo sub: Budan on, Acquah off.
    • 58' Juve win another corner and Pirlo rolls it to Marchisio on the edge of the box, but his first-time shot sails into the crowd.
    • 57' Bonucci is doing his job at the other end too as he makes a vital intevention to halt the run of Miccoli.
    • 56' GOAL! Bonucci leaps highest to head in Pirlo's inswinging corner from the left - and Juve lead!
    • 54' Palermo will be pleased that they are finally putting Juve under some kind of pressure at the back though.
    • 53' Miccoli makes a superb run forward but runs into a cul-de-sac and lays the ball back to Barreto, who proceeds to misplace his pass carelessly into touch.
    • 51' Palermo showing a little more intent in the second half, but Juve are still very much in control of this one.
    • 49' Quagliarella fires a low shot at Viviano from the left but he is flagged offside.
    • 47' Barreto sets Miccoli free down the left flank with a beautiful long ball with the outside of his foot, but Miccoli's cross is disappointing and the chance is gone.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Juve get the second half started.
    • - There's no doubt Palermo will be delighted to be all square at the break, but Juve have been all over them. Can Palermo hold on? Or will Juve get the win to take them to the top of Serie A? Tweet me your thoughts on Twitter!
    • 45' HALF TIME. It's Palermo 0-0 Juventus at the break.
    • 44' Vucinic is the creator again as he plays in Marchisio, but the ball slices off his left foot and is high and wide.
    • 42' Vucinic tries to loft the ball over the defence to Caceres, who was making anoher dangerous run into the box, but there is a pink wall denying Juve every time.
    • 40' Pirlo can't stop shooting! But he may after his latest effort sails a long way over the bar. The Italian points to the ground - as if a divot is to blame.
    • 39' But there's still six minutes to play and Viviano is forced to cling onto another 25-yard drive by Pirlo.
    • 37' But it's pressure Palermo have dealt with for 37 minutes. To go in all sqaure at the break would be a major psychological boost to the home side.
    • 35' He does just that but Viviano makes a brave punch under some serious Juve pressure.
    • 34' Estigarribia darts into space down the left flank but is brought down and Pirlo will have a chance to swing this free-kick into the box.
    • 32' Milanovic has been patched up and is back on the field.
    • 31' Pirlo sidesteps his marker 25 yards out and fires a beautiful shot at goal that Viviano parries to his left.
    • 29' Estigarribia and Milanovic have clashed heads and both players have come off badly. Particularly Milanovic, who has blood streaming down his face.
    • 27' Pirlo picks out Vucinic with that familiar ball over the top, but Vucinic's glancing header is caught easily by Viviano.
    • 25' Juve playing at an incredibly high intensity, but just failing to create that incisive move at the moment.
    • 24' Pirlo seeks Vucinic with a long ball forward but the two players are not on the same wavelength and Palermo can breathe again.
    • 22' A difficult chance for Caceres, but he looks disappointed with himself.
    • 21' Big chance for Juve as Vucinic threads a ball into the path of Caceres, whose lob clears Viviano but drops wide of the left post.
    • 20' First piece of promising play from Palermo as Ilicic exchanges passes with Miccoli and gets into a good position on the right. But the Bosnian forward runs out of options and Juve are able to regain possession.
    • 18' Juventus have been absolutely dominant so far, but are yet to make the breakthrough. Can Palermo hold out until half time? Tweet me your thoughts on the game
    • 16' A mix up at the back between Munoz and goalkeeper Viviano almost results in a Juve goal as Vucinic nips in, but his cross-sum-shot rolls wide of the far post.
    • 14' Vucinic makes a driving run forward and, despite having Quagliarella in support, the forward selfishly goes for goal and fires high over the bar.
    • 13' Vucinic picks out Quagliarella with a cute through ball by Vidal - but he pokes his shot into the side netting. That should have been 1-0 Juve.
    • 11' Palermo are really under the cosh here.
    • 10' Vucinic receives the ball from Pirlo 20 yards from goal, but drags his shot wide of the near post.
    • 9' Quagliarella is released down the right and his superb low cross is a matter of inches ahead of Vucinic, who appeared to be shoved in the back by Munoz.
    • 7' Caceres is a real menace down that right side and the full-back gets into an advanced position down the right flank again, but this time Pisano cleans up.
    • 6' Juve come as them again but Vidal fires a wild shot from 25 yards way over the bar.
    • 5' Pirlo dinks it to the far post by Palermo are able to clear.
    • 4' Barreto dives into a challenge with Vidal and Juve have a free-kick 25 yards from goal, right of centre.
    • 3' All Juve in the opening stages though. Palermo have barely touched the ball so far.
    • 2' Early chance for Juve as Caceres latches onto a long ball into the box, but slips as he cuts inside to find a shooting position.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Palermo get us underway.
    • 17.25 PALERMO: Viviano, Munoz, Milanovic, Labrin, Pisano, Migliaccio, Barreto, Della Rocca, Acquah, Ilicic, Miccoli /// JUVENTUS: Buffon, Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Estigarribia, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Vucinic, Quagliarella.
    • 17.20 Juventus can go a point clear of Milan at the top of Serie A after Milan's shock defeat by Fiorentina earlier today
    • 17.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Serie A clash between Palermo and Juventus at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
  • Summary

    • 69' GOAL! Daylight for Juventus. Substitute Matri receives the ball on the edge of the box with his back to goal and does well to lay it off to Quagliarella, who caresses the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot. 2-0.
    • 68' Miccoli produces some lovely trickery to get away from Chiellini on the right before firing a low ball across the face of goal that Ilicic just fails to make contact with.
    • 64' Vucinic finds some space on the edge of the box but fires a powerful shot straight at Viviano, who palm away to his left.
    • 62' Great chance for Palermo as Migliaccio ghosts into a great position 12 yards out, but fails to make contact after a high ball over the top picked him out.
    • 56' GOAL! Bonucci leaps highest to head in Pirlo's inswinging corner from the left - and Juve lead!
    • 31' Pirlo sidesteps his marker 25 yards out and fires a beautiful shot at goal that Viviano parries to his left.
    • 21' Big chance for Juve as Vucinic threads a ball into the path of Caceres, whose lob clears Viviano but drops wide of the left post.
    • 16' A mix up at the back between Munoz and goalkeeper Viviano almost results in a Juve goal as Vucinic nips in, but his cross-sum-shot rolls wide of the far post.
    • 13' Vucinic picks out Quagliarella with a cute through ball by Vidal - but he pokes his shot into the side netting. That should have been 1-0 Juve.
    • 17.25 PALERMO: Viviano, Munoz, Milanovic, Labrin, Pisano, Migliaccio, Barreto, Della Rocca, Acquah, Ilicic, Miccoli /// JUVENTUS: Buffon, Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Estigarribia, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Vucinic, Quagliarella.

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  • Palermo

    Manager: Bortolo Mutti

  • Juventus

    Manager: Antonio Conte

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