Topic: Italian Cup 2005-2006
Serie A Tim - 30 Apr 2006 - 4:38 PM
An extraordinary opening from Juventus saw them 3-0 up in the space of eight minutes. Vieira, Trezeguet and Mutu were all on the scoresheet as the bianconeri sealed an important victory to keep them on track for the title.
The bianconeri began the first half like a team possessed and ran riot over their opponents in the opening quarter of an hour. After only three minutes Juventus were ahead, Vieira jumping highest to head the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net following Nedved’s corner. Minutes later, and the Czech was on hand again, playing the ball to Del Piero after a mazy run from midfield. The talismanic captain played a cute lay-off into the path of Trezeguet who made no mistake, striking the ball home from just outside the area for his 22nd league goal of the season. Clearly stunned, Siena tried to make their way back into the game, and Vergassola's right-footed effort had to be turned around the post by Buffon. The home side were in for further punishment however as Juve converted their third. Alex collected the ball close to the halfway line to begin a searing counter-attack for the visitors. The captain fed Vieira who played a perfect pass into the path of Mutu, sprinting into the box from the right wing. The Romanian slipped his shot inside the near post to put Juventus 3-0 ahead and cap an explosive ten minutes for the bianconeri.
Although the home side tried to get back into the game, their efforts were in vain against the strength and discipline of the Juventus defence. Both Chiesa and Bogdani tried their luck, but Locatelli came closest, his fierce shot from outside the area brilliantly saved by Buffon who tipped the ball over the bar for a corner. As the teams headed towards the dressing room at half-time, the visitors remained 3-0 ahead.
After the restart Juventus took a more cautious approach and seemed content to sit on their lead. With Zebina replacing Mutu as early as the 12th minute, it was clear that Capello had decided to focus on defence and chances in the second half were far fewer for both sides. Chiesa went closest for the home side with a mean free-kick which struck the crossbar, whilst Del Piero was denied brilliantly by Fortin – who tipped Alex’s side-footed shot over the bar.
The game ended 3-0, and saw Juventus pick up another vital three points in their quest for the title. With Milan winning against Livorno, the lead remains 3 point with two games to play.
GOALS: 3’ Vieira, 5’ Trezeguet, 7’ Mutu
SIENA: Fortin, Portanova, Colonnese (78’ Falsini), Legrottaglie, Molinaro, Foglio, Paro, Vergassola, Locatelli (88’ Gastaldello), Bogdani, Chiesa (90’ Guzman). Coach. De Canio. Substitutes: Mirante, Negro, Iadaresta,Alberto.
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Balzaretti, Kovac, Cannavaro, Zambrotta, Mutu (57’ Zebina), Emerson (80’ Giannichedda), Vieira, Nedved, Trezeguet, Del Piero (74’ Ibrahimovic). Coach. Capello. Substitutes: Abbiati, Thuram, Blasi, Zalayeta
CAUTIONED: 33’pt Foglio