Juventus 2-0 Livorno: Bianconeri Win Fourth Consecutive Match

VincenzoIaquinta_2 Juventus hosted Livorno at the Stadio Olimpico hoping to register their fourth win in four games in this start of the Serie A season.

The first chance came to the visitors in the 5th minute, when Francesco Tavano pounced on a deflected shot by Cristiano Lucarelli, but Gianluigi Buffon came up with a great save to keep it out.

The home side gained an early lead three minutes later, as Mauro Camoranesi whipped in a perfect cross in the area and Vincenzo Iaquinta opened the score with a header that beat goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia.

Livorno responded in the 11th minute, when Federico Pulzetti’s first-time shot on a long ball by Antonio Candreva was tipped away by Buffon.

David Trezeguet missed a considerable chance in the 20th minute, when he connected with a free kick by Camoranesi but fired the ball well over the bar.

Five minutes later, Candreva came close for Livorno, as he fired a dangerous low shot from a diagonal position that finished just wide of the far post.

At the half hour mark, Juventus doubled their lead as Claudio Marchisio latched on to a great ball by Camoranesi and beat De Lucia with a nice lob.

Despite this second goal, the Amaranto continued to threaten Juve’s goal, and in the 34th minute Lucarelli forced Buffon into a great reflex save with his foot with a shot on a pass by Candreva.

The Italy number one came to the Bianconeri’s rescue again a minute later, when he tipped a great shot by Pulzetti from outside the area over the bar.

The hosts had one final chance just before the break, when Sebastian Giovinco sent in a free kick in the area that found Iaquinta, but his shot went straight into De Lucia’s arms.

At half time, Livorno coach Gennaro Ruotolo decided to bring in Antonio Filippini for Mozart.

Filippini made himself dangerous in the 52nd minute, when on a counterattack he sent in a cross for Lucarelli that was cleared away by Buffon.

Ten minutes later, Trezeguet came close to making it 3-0, as he tried a bicycle kick from inside the area that hit the post.

Livorno kept going at it, though, and Buffon had to stay alert to keep out a dangerous header by substitute Tomas Danilevicius in the 65th minute.

Twelve minutes later, Trezeguet missed another chance, as he was found by a cross from Marchisio that was missed by Cristian Raimondi, but could not find the right coordination to fire a shot on goal.

There were a couple of chances at the death for Livorno, as in the 90th minute Candreva’s shot toward the bottom corner again found Buffon on its way, and three minutes later Danilevicius fired a shot that went just wide of the crossbar after going past Giorgio Chiellini.

However, Juve held on for another important victory that keeps them on top of the table with a 100% record after four games.


~ by footballdirecta on September 20, 2009.

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