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16 Mar 2013

Commanding Juve victorious in Bologna

Second-half strikes from Vucinic and Marchisio earn the Bianconeri a deserved triumph over in-form Bologna at the Stadio Dall'Ara

Goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio enabled the Bianconeri to extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points with tonight’s convincing 2-0 win over Bologna.

Antonio Conte’s men were dominant throughout and eventually found the breakthrough their attacking play merited on the hour mark, with Vucinic slotting home from close range for his second goal in as many years at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

And the points were made safe when Marchisio collected Vucinic’s precise through pass and guided the ball inside the far post to spark scenes of jubilation from the travelling faithful.

Despite starting the brighter of the two sides in an intense opening to the affair, Juventus, featuring three changes from last Sunday’s success over Catania, suffered an early scare when Gilardino sprung the offside trap to race one-on-one with Buffon with just six minutes played. The goalkeeper, however, was swift off his line to dispossess the forward before Diamanti cleared the crossbar with his wayward follow-up.

The Bianconeri soon began to impose their traditional passing style and created their first chance of the game when Giovinco bundled his way through a pack of defenders before drawing a low stop from Curci on 16 minutes.

Two minutes later it was Vidal’s turn to try his luck on goal, only for the Chilean midfielder to blaze his effort over the crossbar after good build-up play from Vucinic.

As the half wore on, Juventus upped their dominance in the attacking third and went a whisker away from taking the lead when Padoin’s inviting low cross was scrambled clear from a lurking Vucinic on 35 minutes.

With half time looming, a promising counter-attack orchestrated by Giovinco saw the ball played into the path of the onrushing Vidal, who will feel he should have done better with a strong right-footed effort that arrowed over the crossbar.

The Bianconeri burst out of the traps at the start of the second half and Giovinco almost found the breakthrough with a curling effort from inside the area that flashed just wide of Curci’s despairing dive.

But the hosts, who approached the game on the back of a three-match winning run, responded positively and thought they had taken the lead when Gilardino rose highest in the box to plant a firm header past Buffon, only for the striker to see his effort ruled out by the linesman’s raised flag.

With the game stretched as both sides sensed the opportunity to take the initiative, Juventus raced forward with intent and Giovinco drew a strong block from Curci after escaping the attentions of Cherubin on the edge of the area.

Having staved off Bologna’s attempts to wrestle their way back into the encounter with a combative approach in midfield, the visitors found the opener their increased pressure deserved when Vucinic collected Marchisio’s pass before turning brilliantly and lashing an unstoppable low drive beyond Curci just past the hour mark.

Any fears of a Rossoblu fightback were quelled 13 minutes later as goalscorer turned provider by springing the offside trap with a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Marchisio, who kept his cool to tuck the ball into the bottom corner and take the Bianconeri one step closer to reclaiming last season’s Scudetto title.


GOALS: Vucinic 62, Marchisio 74

Curci; Garics (Christodoulopoulos 69), Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo; Perez, Taider; Kone (Naldo 58), Diamanti, Gabbiadini; Gilardino.
Substitutes not used: Agliardi, Lombardi, Motta, Abero, Carvalho, Khrin, Pazienza, Guarente, Pasquato, Moscardelli.
Manager: Pioli

Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Vidal (Quagliarella 90), Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso; Vucinic (Matri 82), Giovinco (Pogba 77).

Substitutes not used: Storari, Rubinho, De Ceglie, Marrone, Asamoah, Isla, Lichtsteiner, Giaccherini, Anelka.
Manager: Conte

REFEREE: Bergonzi
ASSISTANTS: Vuoto, Costanzo

BOOKINGS: Peluso 22, Antonsson 28, Perez 56, Diamanti 65, Padoin 67, Vidal 72