Juventus 2, Fiorentina 3
This was an exciting game in the end but for most of it was not of great quality as both sides lacked composure with the ball and energy of it.
Fiorentina perhaps deserved their victory as most of Juventus players looked like they were tired after playing in midweek.
I did allude to the fact the Juventus never seem to play well if they have played in midweek as most of their quality player are at the wrong end of 30.
The defending in this game especially by Juventus was absolutely shocking with absolutely no leadership at the back with everyone waiting for his mate to make the tackle instead of taking some responsibility.
Fiorentina went ahead in the 19th minute of the 1st half through Massimo Gobbi after he had swapped passes with Martin Jorgensen and coolly slotted past Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus who had earlier spurned a good chance in the 7th minute of play when good interplay between David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi found Alessandro Del Piero, whose cross was wasted by Jonathan Zebina, equalized in the 29th minute following a big error by Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastian Frey whose weak punch was pounced upon quite impressively by Mommo Sissoko with an overhead kick.
Juventus went ahead in the 58th minute when Christian Molinaro put in a great cross and was met impressively by Mauro Camoranesi.
Fiorentina came back with substitutes Papa Waigo, 1st equalizing in the 75th minute after playing the ball through the legs of Molinaro that beat Buffon and then in injury time he provided the cross for Daniel Pablo Osvaldo to head home in the 93rd minute.
Osvaldo was then ludicrously sent off for taking off his shirt as he had been booked earlier.
Buffon 6.5 He had no chance with all the goals he conceded but he also made a lot of saves and it is safe to say without him, Juventus would not be as high as 3rd as he had made too many crucial saves to help his team to victories. He is 1 of the very few goalkeepers in world football that is as valuable as strikers.
Zebina 5 He did not play well at all as he gave the ball needlessly and his crosses when he did get forward, which was not very often were poor and did not help very well in defence either.
Grygera 5 You do not notice him and usually that means he is doing his job well and without fuss but unfortunately that is not the case with him. You do not notice him because he is not doing anything. He is not commanding and he dithers as witnessed with the winning goal.
Legrottaglie 5 He lacks leadership and he gets too tight to his opponent giving away silly freekicks all the time. He also has the tendency of playing offside rather unnecessarily and it was this that caused the opening goal for Fiorentina.
Molinaro 4 He had an absolute shocker, apart from 2 crosses, 1 of which that led to the Camoranesi goal, he was absolutely terrible. I had to sometimes blink that this was a SerieA player, I was looking at. He would surely have better games than this as this was just not good enough.
Zanetti 5 He is another that had a disappointing game. He gave away silly freekicks, kept giving the ball away and was dominated in midfield.
Sissoko 7 He was far and away Juventus’ best player as he was the only 1 that showed hunger and desire. His passes were not as bad as they normally are and he tried to inspire his side but to no avail. His goal was sublime as well.
Camoranesi 5.5 He was below-par and his grade is helped by the way he took his goal because apart from that he too needlessly gave away the ball.
Palladino 5 I keep hearing lots of good things about this guy and he is an Italian international but every time I have seen him, he has disappointed me. He tried to influence the game by playing through the centre but apart from 1 shot that was saved by Frey; he just kept doing the basics wrong and trying to show off when something simpler might have sufficed.
Del Piero 5 He looked like a player that cannot play 90 minutes continuously from weekend to midweek as he did nothing of any note in the game and maybe could have been rested from the start and come on later in the game.
Trezeguet 5 He is a player that lives on service and without that he may as well not be on the field and he contributed absolutely little in the game.
Iaquinta 5 He did not make the kind of contributing that Claudio Ranieri was hoping for.
Nocerino 5 He was perhaps a surprise inclusion as it meant Juventus were playing with 3 holding midfielders and he did nothing at all.
Ranieri 5 The Tinkerman did not have his best game as it seemed he was protecting a lead by bringing on Nocerino and it backfired. He should also ditch the offside playing as its hurting the team.
Frey 6: Almost everyone eulogizes him but whenever I have seen him he always seems to make 1 silly error after another and he had 1 today as well. He was not duly troubled today as there was very little penetration.
Ujfalusi 5 He did not really contribute all that much to the game.
Gobbi 6 He had a good enough 1st half and took his goal like a striker but as the game went on his influenced waned.
Kroldrup 6 He was able to shackle Trezeguet without that much fuss and did not perform any noticeable mistakes.
Gamberini 7 He was the pick of the defenders today and had to be at his best to stop Iaquinta after the striker had miscontrolled a pass to him with only Frey to beat.
Kuzmanovic 5 He is 1 of those players that are more beneficial to teammates and manager than people watching as he was just running around with very little quality on the ball.
Donadel 6.5 He held his own very well in the midfield.
Montilivio 7.5 He was the man of the match as he was the most creative player on the pitch with very good passes and vision.
Santana 6 He started very well by troubling Molinaro but he then faded and was rightly taken off.
Jorgensen 6 He played his part in his team’s victory.
Pazzini 6 He did a yeoman’s job on his own as a lone striker and did it well sometimes and would be happy that his team won.
Papa Waigo 6.5 He scored the equalizer and set up the winner. You cannot ask for more from your substitute.
Osvaldo 6 He got 2 yellow cards and scored the winner in just 30 minutes of play.
Prandelli 7 His bravery with his substitutions was to be commended unlike his counterpart Ranieri who was negative.
Cagliari 2 – 1 Genoa A Lucarelli 15 (G), Acquafresca 29, 45 (C)
Empoli 0 – 2 Siena
Portanova 33 , Rigano’ 93
Livorno 1 – 0 Catania Diamanti 62 (L)
Milan 1 – 1 Lazio Bianchi 54 (L), Oddo pen 66 (M)
Roma 4 – 0 Parma
Aquilani 27 , Falcone og 51, Totti 80 , Vucinic 93
Sampdoria 2 – 2 Torino Comotto 18 (T), Sala 44 (S), Di Michele pen 51 (T), Cassano 52 (S)
Udinese 2 – 0 Atalanta
Quagliarella 29 , Di Natale 32
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