17.07.2013 19:30 - in: Friendlies S

      Juve in seventh heaven

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      Carlos Tevez makes the perfect start to his Juventus career in this afternoon’s friendly against Aygreville, getting off the mark for 2013/14 as the Bianconeri record a solid 7-0 win at the Stadio Perucca

      With Antonio Conte trying out a number of new faces, Juventus’s winning ways continued at the start of the new season as they put seven past Aygreville, a side made up of players from the Val d’Aosta region.

      All three of the club’s new star signings started the match, and they began it well. Carlos Tevez flicked on nicely to Fernando Llorente in the first minute, and the Spaniard nearly headed in moments later after Paolo De Ceglie (tireless throughout the first half) had burst along the wing to a crossing position at the byline.

      Angelo Ogbonna enjoyed a steady start to life in the main central defensive role, disguising his direction to jink past an onrushing defender on one notable occasion.

      The wings were the main areas where Juve created danger in the early stages, with Stephan Lichsteiner and Marco Motta combining well. No sooner had the Swiss wing-back created a goalscoring chance on the right flank, De Ceglie on the other fired a low ball right across the face of goal that Llorente was a whisker away from turning home at the far post.

      The new Bianconeri frontman was the creator of the team’s breakthrough, cutting back inside from the left corner and chipping past all the Aygreville defenders to the far post, where Marco Motta tucked it home on 32 minutes.

      The side from Val d’Aosta nearly made a quick reply, with Luca Simeone shooting just wide from a teasing cross and Marco Turato seeing his free kick deflected over soon afterwards.

      Fausto Rossi, who dictated the game to good effect, then showed invention with the ball at his feet, chipping past a crowd of men from the edge of the box with a pass that narrowly evaded Lichsteiner. The youngster always made himself available while sitting deep in the midfield, allowing Arturo Vidal to roam relatively free in a more advanced position.

      It was this tactic that created Juve’s second goal. Vidal cut back to Tevez, who brought the crowd to their feet by sweeping home from the edge of the box on the stroke of half time.

      It was a completely different side for both teams that took to the field for the second half, but the excitement was immediate.

      Alessandro Matri was put through on goal in the first minute of the half, but was unable to go round substitute goalkeeper Anile Alessandro. He fared much better minutes later: Padoin kept the game moving in midfield by taking a quick free-kick to Motta, who put Matri through one on one, and the 28-year-old duly tucked it away to make the score 3-0 to the Bianconeri.

      The Juventus forwards’ link up play was equally promising in the second half, with Matri, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella taking their turn to show good understanding.

      Aygreville, meanwhile continued to acquit themselves well, and team captain Andrea Menegazzi nearly stole the show with a stunning shot from distance that cannoned off the post around the hour mark.

      But their tiredness began to show, and Juventus gained a penalty after Marcel Buchel was bundled over in the box with 71 minutes played. Vucinic converted, and it was 4-0 to Conte’s men.

      It was a similar story moments later as Quagliarella tumbled over some tired legs. The story had the same ending again, with Vucinic firing into the top corner.

      The Primavera youngsters have impressed everyone during Juve’s time in Chatillon, and it was one of their number who made it 6-0 when Federico Mattiello rounded the keeper and slotted it home.

      Matri redeemed a couple of earlier missed chances when he completed the scoring with a close-range finish in added time, a fitting end to a competent win for the men in the black and white stripes.


      GOALS:  Motta 32, Tevez 45+1, Matri 50, Vucinic (pen) 71, Vucinic (pen) 75, Mattiello 89, Matri 90+1

      JUVENTUS first half

      Storari; Motta, Ogbonna, Garcia Tena; Lichsteiner, Vidal, Rossi, Asamoah, De Ceglie; Tevez, Llorente

      JUVENTUS second half

      Rubinho; Penna (Untersee 77), Magnusson, Peluso; Motta (Isla 63), Padoin, Sakor (Emmanuello 77), Buchel (Mattiello 83); Vucinic, Quagliarella, Matri

      Substitutes not used: Citti
      Coach: Conte

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