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07 Nov 2012

Bianconeri back on track

A convincing 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland reignites Juve’s Champions League campaign. Marchisio, Vidal, Giovinco and Quagliarella on target

The Bianconeri got their Champions League campaign back on track with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Nordsjaelland at Juventus Stadium.

Antonio Conte’s side dominated from start to finish and found themselves three goals ahead at the break following strikes from Marchisio, Vidal and Giovinco.

Juventus maintained their strong grip on the game following the interval and had several chances to extend their lead, but had to make do with four after Quagliarella came off the bench to wrap up a convincing success.

Conte elected to make two changes from Saturday night’s home defeat to Inter. Isla replaced Lichtsteiner for his second Champions League start in the black and white stripes of Juventus, while Matri stepped in for Vucinic up front.

With a win required to maintain hopes of qualification for the knockout stages, Juventus began the affair with plenty of purpose and had to wait just six minutes before breaking the deadlock. Isla was found in space down the right flank and steered in an inviting cross which was met by Marchisio’s emphatic finish.

The ‘Little Prince’ had the opportunity to double his tally ten minutes later when he connected with Vidal’s raking pass from deep , only to find Hansen equal to it with a sprawling save.

The hosts then secured the two-goal cushion their determined start merited when Vidal capitalised on hesitation in the visitors’ rearguard to slide in and divert the ball past Hansen on 22 minutes.

A shell-shocked Nordsjaelland had little answer to the Bianconeri’s slick passing and movement and almost fell further behind when Matri headed against the crossbar after connecting with Pirlo’s outswinging corner.

Yet just when the visitors appeared to have stemmed the tide, Juventus pounced again with a ruthless break on the counter. After latching onto Pirlo’s clever reverse pass, Giovinco charged towards goal and maintained his composure to clip a devastating finish across goal which nestled delightfully into the bottom corner.

Alessio used the comfortable lead as an opportunity to rotate the squad in the opening stages of the second half, sending on Pogba and Quagliarella in place of goalscorers Vidal and Giovinco.

Buffon, who remained largely untroubled throughout the encounter, was forced into his first save when Mtiliga's shot took a deflection and looped dangerously towards goal just past the hour mark. The goalkeeper, however, watched it all the way and sprawled to his left to parry the ball to safety.

The returning Matri was then left to rue his luck after rounding goalkeeper Hansen but seeing Okore make a quick recovery to intercept and rid the danger.

But the striker continued to make his presence felt in the opposition penalty area and contributed an assist when his near post flick on was powered home by the head of Quagliarella on 74 minutes.

Chelsea’s last-gasp winner - which came in the fourth minute of stoppage time at Stamford Bridge - keeps Antonio Conte’s men third in the group on six points and adds even greater significance to the visit of the Blues on Tuesday 20 November.


GOALS: Marchisio 6, Vidal 23, Giovinco 37, Quagliarella 74

Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini (Lucio 69); Isla, Vidal (Pogba 53), Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Matri, Giovinco (Quagliarella 60)
Substitutes not used: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Giaccherini, Bendtner
Coach: Alessio

Hansen; Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga; Adu (Christensen 46), Stockholm; Laudrup (Christiansen 46), Lorentzen, John; Beckmann (Nordstrand 72)
Substitutes not used: Jense, Gundelach, Ticimovic, Issah
Coach: Hjulmand

REFEREE: Stavrev
ASSISTANTS: Kirovski, Kostadinov
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Meckarovski, Spirkoski
BOOKINGS: Marchisio 55, Pogba 67