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    06.02.2014 12:17 - in: Serie A S

    Last time out against Verona

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    On 22 September at Juventus Stadium, Antonio Conte’s men came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 2-1, setting a 2013/14 record number of shots in Europe’s top five leagues in the process

    Juventus overcame a Fabrizio Cacciatore opener with a Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente-inspired comeback to triumph against newly-promoted Hellas Verona when the teams last met on 22 September 2013 in Turin.

    It was the first time the Bianconeri’s home ground had sold out in the 2013/14 campaign, and the fans were certainly up for the occasion.

    But it was the Verona supporters who enjoyed the first chance to celebrate. The goal came from a set-piece, disappointingly for Antonio Conte given the one conceded in a similar situation against FC Copenhagen a few days earlier.

    The Gialloblu goal had already been coming under fire, but after taking the lead Andrea Mandorlini’s men now really had their backs to the wall as Juventus upped their game.

    A response seemed just round the corner, and so it proved, Carlos Tevez latching on to Leonardo Bonucci’s third assist of the season and unleashing a first-time hit across his body into the far corner.

    The Bianconeri continued to pile on the pressure (the total of 35 efforts on goal constituted a season record in the top five European leagues at the time), and the Argentine went close again soon afterwards.

    And then the breakthrough came, Fernando Llorente powering a header into the corner from Arturo Vidal’s pinpoint cross to bring the crowd inside Juventus Stadium to their feet and seal a comeback that showed real strength of character. It was his first goal in the black and white stripes, and what a time to score it.

    The Bianconeri were deserved winners in the end. Their dominance was clear to see from their overall possession (62%), passes made in the opposition half (400) and passing accuracy (87.5%).

    Speaking after the game, manager Antonio Conte was happy with the team performance and in particular a strong showing from Angelo Ogbonna, who topped the completed passes index ahead of Paul Pogba, Andrea Barzagli and Vidal on an impressive debut.

    Fernando Llorente then went on to say that he was pleased his hard work in reaching the levels required by the Juve boss had payed off so early on.

    Finally, Tevez weighed in with some warm words for his fellow Spanish-speaking team-mate.

    To relive all the action on an exhilarating afternoon of football in Turin, here’s the video.

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