Juventus 1-1 Bordeaux: Iaquinta Opener Cancelled Out By Plasil


All square on a rainy night in the north of Italy.

Juventus and Bordeaux played out an entertaining draw at the Stadio Olimpico in the Champions League; Vincenzo Iaquinta gave the Italians the lead during the second half before an equaliser from the boot of Jaroslav Plasil. It means that both sides are immediately playing catch up to Bayern Munich, worthy winners in Israel. Juve fave FCB in Germany on matchday two. 

The sides went in level at the break on a sodden night in Turin but Bordeaux would have been the most pleased of the two at the interval. From the get go, the French champions attacked their hosts, pressing Juventus into their own half and limiting the Bianconeri to half chances.

It was Fernando, the Brazilian midfielder, who had the first opportunity; dribbling effortlessly behind a vulnerable Fabio Grosso on the left to force a fine stop from Gianluigi Buffon. 

Juventus were reliant on the slight figure of Sebastian Giovinco in the absence of Diego and it was his corner, via a nimble touch from Iaquinta at the near post, which prompted Tiago to shoot over from the edge of the box on 15 minutes for the hosts’ first true chance. 

Claudio Marchisio found Iaquinta with an accurate long pass soon after from the right side but the Italian striker could not put enough purchase on the ball as it dropped over his shoulder. 

Amauri was relegated to the fringes for the most part but had his opportunities to shine in the first half; Giovinco slipped him in around the half hour, but his compatriot Fernando blocked well to allow Cedric Carrasso to make an easy catch. 

In between periods of slick Bordeaux interplay, Juventus tried to hit-and-run; Martin Caceres crossed for Amauri on 36 minutes but the Brazilian could not generate power from his jump. 

Bordeaux continued to prevent their hosts from having it their own way after the break as the French side came swiftly from the traps. 

The left-winger Wendel took advantage of some hesitant Juventus defending, following a Bordeaux throw-in on the right, to fire a shot on target but Nicola Legrottaglie was well placed to block. 

Girondins continued to press; Yoann Gourcuff saw a free-kick punched safely away by Buffon before the Ligue 1 side tore the Italians open down the left flank; Wendel provided for Gourcuff but Italy’s number one was again equal to the task. 

Juventus shook off the cobwebs though and struck back; 50 minutes had passed when a quick Tiago free-kick released Iaquinta. He was denied by Carrasso before firing his rebound wide from a narrow angle. The goalkeeper was replaced after pulling up with an injury following the incident. 

Blanc’s team were not done though and broke out again; Wendel’s cross on the break was well intercepted by Grosso before it reached Jaroslav Plasil at the back post. 

Grosso was then active at the other end, as Juve pressed for an opener, forcing the substitute goalkeeper Ulrich Rame into a save with a fine free-kick. 

That was to be the precursor for the first goal, during Juve’s best patch, as Fabio Cannavaro’s through-ball located Iaquinta on the hour. He had shaken the attentions of the Bordeaux back-line to find space on the right. His first-time effort was struck hard inside Rame’s near post to give Ciro Ferrarra’s side the lead.

Felipe Melo and Amauri had chances to double the hosts’ money but Rame was in fine fettle, especially when he saved the former Palermo forward’s point-blank header. 

Just prior, Fernando brought the best from Rame’s opposite number with a left-footed strike from the edge of the area. 

It was not to be long before a Bordeaux leveller though; and it came via a familiar source. Yoann Gourcuff whipped a free-kick from the left into the Juve area and Fernando rose highest to flick towards the far post. Tiago lost Plasil and the Czech international tapped in from close range. 

An under-hit Caceres back-pass, soon after, threatened worse for the Old Lady, but Buffon scrambled to clear from Marouane Chamakh. 

Juventus had the best chances to win it late on; Christian Poulsen fired a volley over the bar before Claudio Marchiso had the goal at his mercy from a Caceres cross from the left. The Italy international drove his volley into the ground and onto the crossbar with no Bordeaux defender in sight. Poulsen smashed the follow-up over the top.


~ by footballdirecta on September 16, 2009.

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