Mood: hug me
Topic: Serie A 2005-2006
Serie A Tim - 15 Apr 2006 - 5:41 PM
A tense and sometimes frustrating game at the Sant’Elia stadium ended 1-1 this afternoon. Although Juventus had the majority of both the possession and the chances, some impressive defending from Cagliari kept them at bay. However, in the last minute of the game, Cannavaro’s powerful header flew into the top corner of the goal, cancelling-out Suazo’s first-half penalty and salvaging a point for the bianconeri.
After a tense opening, Juve began to take hold of the game. Concentrating their attacks down the right-hand side, the bianconeri continually caused problems for their opponents with a series of teasing crosses from Zambrotta and Nedved. Ibrahimovic also created his own opportunities, twice finding space on the edge of the area but seeing his shots fly just wide. However, it was his strike-partner who came closest to breaking the deadlock. Stretching to reach a superb cross from Ibra, Del Piero’s volley was brilliantly saved by Chimenti.
With two minutes left before half-time, a rare attack from the rossoblu resulted in a penalty. After a surging run into the Juve box, Langella tumbled under a diving challenge from Zambrotta. The referee, adjudging the defender to have taken the player and not the ball, pointed to the spot. Suazo stepped up to take the kick and coolly slotted his shot to the left of Buffon to put Cagliari 1-0 ahead at half-time.
Camoranesi replaced Mutu after the interval, and the fiery winger made an immediate impact. Six minutes in, his free-kick was met by Del Piero, whose looping header went just wide. Juventus continued their search for an equaliser and, seven minutes later, Zambrotta was fouled in the air by Conti and the referee awarded a penalty. Del Piero stepped up, but his strike was saved by Chimenti, diving to his right. However, the Juve captain refused to give up and went close several further times in the half.
With time running out, Cagliari continued to frustrate their opponents, and the game appeared all but over when Camoranesi set the ball down for a last-minute corner. However, his well struck cross was met by Cannavaro whose header beat Chimenti and ensured the game ended 1-1. The result ensures that the gap at the top of the table is currently 5 points, after Milan beat Inter in the derby at the San Siro.
GOALS: 44’ Suazo (pen.), 95’ Cannavaro
CAGLIARI: Chimenti, Ferri, Canini, Bega, Pisano (72’ Agostini), Esposito (28’ Langella), Conti, Abejon, Gobbi, Conticchio (62’ Budel), Suazo. Coach. Sonetti. Substitutes: Campagnolo, Bizera, Capone, Cossu. A
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Kovac, Chiellini (66’ Balzaretti), Mutu (45’ Camoranesi), Blasi (80’ Zalayeta), Vieira, Nedved, Del Piero, Ibrahimovic. Coach. Capello. Substitutes: Abbiati, Marchisio, Pessotto, Olivera.
REFEREE: Ayroldi N.
CAUTIONED: 16’ Blasi, 47’ Suazo, 52’ Conticchio, 57’ Chimenti, 69’ Cannavaro, 81’ Budel
SENT-OFF: 95’ Abejon, 95’ Langella