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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Juventus-Arsenal: 0-0
Mood:  crushed out
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 05 Apr 2006 - 11:45 PM

Almost 56,000 fans packed into the Stadio delle Alpi for Juve’s quarter-final showdown with Arsenal. Although the bianconeri fought from the first to the last whistle, after ninety minutes the score remained goalless and Juventus’ Champions League challenge ended in the quarter-finals.

With Juventus trailing 2-0 from the game in London, both teams knew that the first goal could prove decisive. Juventus were the first to strike, Zambrotta’s long-range effort sailing just past the left-hand post after a quarter of an hour. This was followed by a similar effort from Chiellini which typified the bianconeri’s determination to break the deadlock. Arsenal soon followed suit; a neat turn by Henry on the edge of the area opened up space for a shot but the Frenchman’s effort was well saved by Buffon.

Capello had warned about the danger of the opposition on the counter-attack, and Arsenal went close several times through Eboue, although the bianconeri defence managed to prevent any real danger. When Mr.Fandel blew for the end of the first half the score remained 0-0, and the restart looked certain to bring more drama.

Five minutes into the second half it was the Gunners who had the first opportunity. Picking up the ball on the halfway line, Henry used his pace to dash past the Juve defence and into the box. Buffon reacted brilliantly however and dived at the Frenchman’s feet to smother the ball.

Having been suspended for the first leg, Pavel Nedved was keen to make his presence felt and was the key danger-man for the bianconeri. His turn of pace and consistent crossing caused panic in the Arsenal box, and he was almost on the scoresheet after twenty-five minutes when his fierce shot from outside the area had to be beaten away by Lehmann. Yet again however the Czech midfielder let his passion run away with him and was sent off after with fifteen minutes to go after receiving his second yellow card.

With a numerical advantage Arsenal broke several times through Hleb and Ljunberg but both times the Juve defence did enough to prevent the north London club from scoring. The game ended 0-0 and Juventus exited the Champions League unable to reach the semi-finals.

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Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006 2:50 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Arsenal-Juventus: 2-0
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 28 Mar 2006 - 11:17 PM

A wet night in London was warmed –up by the atmosphere at Highbury, where both sets of fans made their voices heard as Juventus and Arsenal took to the field for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Despite the importance of the occasion the Juve players did not seem overawed and quickly relaxed into a familiar rhythm, breaking-up the opposition attacks and causing problems with their possession of the ball and slick passing. Both Zebina and Emerson caused problems for the Arsenal backline with a series of tempting crosses, and Ibra went close with a free-kick that was deflected just wide.

However, it was an ex-bianconero that made the difference in the first half. Finding Fabregas in space, Thierry Henry fed the young Spaniard who slotted the ball to the right of Buffon from just inside the area.

After the interval, the bianconeri seemed to add a new determination to their play as they went in search of an equaliser. Within the first five minutes Ibrahimovic had used his power and strength to cause confusion in the Arsenal box but was unable to convert the chances created. Ten minutes later it was the turn of the opposition to attack. Buffon however reacted brilliantly to deny both Henry and Fabregas with a pair of phenomenal saves that employed all the reflexes and intelligence that have made him the best in the world. Indeed, several minutes later he was on hand again, denying both Hleb and Pires in quick succession.

Twenty-five minutes into the second half Fabregas was again involved, providing an incisive pass to Henry from the right-hand side who converted for Arsenal’s second goal. Juventus then pushed forward searching for a goal and went very close when Camoranesi’s chipped shot skimmed the outside of the post.

As the game drew to a close the determination of Camoranesi and Zebina led to both being cautioned for the second time, and as such both were sent off. Despite being two goals down, Juve will still feel that they have a good chance to progress; after all, the second leg is at the Delle Alpi…

ARSENAL-JUVENTUS 2-0 GOALS: 40’ Fabregas, 64’ Henry ARSENAL: Lehmann, Ebou?, Tour?, Senderos, Flamini, Pires, Fabregas, Gilberto, Reyes (38’ Van Persie), Hleb, Henry. Coach. Wenger.
Substitutes: Almunia, Diaby, Bergkamp, Song, Walcott, Djourou.
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Zebina, Thuram, Cannavaro, Zambrotta, Camoranesi, Emerson, Vieira, Mutu (72’ Chiellini), Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet (81’ Zalayeta).
Coach: Capello.
Substitutes: Abbiati, Kovac, Balzaretti, Blasi, Giannichedda.
REFEREE: Frojdfeldt (Swe)
CAUTIONED: 23’, 87’ Camoranesi, 52’ Trezeguet, 72’ Vieira, 82’,89’ Zebina SENT-OFF: 87’ Camoranesi and 89’ Zebina (for two yellow cards)

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Thursday, 9 March 2006
The Quarter-Finals!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 07 Mar 2006 - 11:44 PM

A fantastic start by Capello’s men was typified as early as the second minute when Nedved fed Trezeguet a fantastic ball only for the Frenchman’s shot to be parried behind. From the resulting corner, Cannavaro’s header looped over the bar. It wasn’t long before the tempo of the game began to slow down as both teams cancelled one-another out desperately searching for the opening goal. However, in the thirteenth minute Werder found the opening they had been looking for as Schulz fed Micoud who, advancing from the left, coolly slotted the ball passed Buffon (1-0). Juventus now had to score twice to secure their qualification. They began almost at once as Nedved rose to meet Camoranesi’s corner only to see his headed drift agonisingly wide (15’). In the 26th minute the Germans came close to an own goal but the ball rolled just passed the post. From Camoranesi’s corner Ibrahimovic connected well but Weise reacted brilliantly to deny the Swede. In the 40th minute Zambrotta hit a fantastic cross which Trezeguet tried to head but which drifted wide. In the 44th minute the Germans attacked again with Buffon denying Klasnic and forcing the ball behind for a corner. In the 45th minute Weise was once again called into action, denying first Nedved and then Emerson.

Juventus began the second-half with purpose and tested the excellent Weise within the first minute. First Nedved and then Trezeguet had their shots blocked brilliantly by the German ‘keeper. In the 8th minute Ibrahimovic saw his left footed effort sail over the bar. An unrelenting Capello then sent on Mutu and Del Piero in place of Camoranesi and Ibrahimovic as the team sought an equaliser. In the seventeenth minute Nedved went close, but was again denied by the Werder goalkeeper before being flagged for offside. Four minutes later however, Pavel found space to thread a delightful through ball to Trezeguet who, one-on-one with the keeper, slotted home to equalise for the home team (1-1).
Both teams went close in the final twenty minutes but it was Juventus who were to seize their chance. In the 88th minute Emerson capitalised on a fumble by the German ‘keeper and smashed the ball into the back of the net to the delight of the home crowd. The goal secured a 2-1 victory for the bianconeri and secured their place in the quarter-fianls.


GOALS: 13’ pt Micoud, 21’ st Trezeguet, 43’ st Emerson

JUVENTUS: Buffon; Zebina, Thuram, Cannavaro, Zambrotta (26’ st Balzaretti); Camoranesi (12’ st Mutu), Emerson, Vieira, Nedved; Ibrahimovic (12’st Del Piero), Trezeguet.
A disposizione: Abbiati, Chiellini, Blasi, Giannichedda.
All. Capello

WERDER BREMEN: Weise; Owomoyela, Fahrenhorst, Naldo, Schulz; Frings, Baumann (28’ st Pasanen), Borowski; Micoud; Klasnic (37’ st Valdez), Klose.
A disposizione: Vander, Vranjes, Andreasen, Jensen, Van Damme.
All. Schaaf


YELLOW CARDS: 37’ pt Micoud, 15’ st Nedved, 27’ st Baumann, 49’ st Del Piero

GATE RECEIPTS: 1.103.989 Euro

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Thursday, 8 December 2005
Rapid Wien vs Juventus 1-3
Mood:  happy
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 07 Dec 2005 - 10:45 PM

Juventus win at Wien, Bayern earn a draw at Bruges and Capello’s side is first-ranked in Champions League in his group with 15 points. The win is signed by Ibrahimovic and Del Piero, who, with tonight’s two goals, achieves 182 goals scored with the Bianconeri jersey.

A big audience has gathered at the Ernst Happel stadium for the last match of phase one between Rapid Wien and Juventus. The home team has already missed qualifications for the next round but local supporters don’t want to miss the game with Juventus who, after qualifying for round two, are now competing to lead Group A. The match is much struggled, both defences are careful and at the start few are the scoring occasions. The first, after 8 minutes, is on Capello’s side: Ibrahimovic makes a good opening for Vieira, anticipated by the goalkeeper. Then it’s Ivanschitz who engages Abbiati in a couple of occasions. The first after 26 minutes with a free kick saved by the Bianconero goalkeeper who pushes the ball over the crossbar. The second occurs on 33’ minutes with a header cleared by Abbiati with a two-time save. On 35’ minutes, Juventus take the lead thanks to a fantastic free kick by Del Piero from a 30-metre range (1-0). The Bianconeri are firmly in control of the game and on 41’ minutes Ibrahimovic give Juventus the second goal: a great personal action of the Swede who slips past two opponents and beats Payer with a perfect and powerful left-footed shot (2-0). The 3-0 arrive on 45’ minutes and the scorer is again Del Piero who deflects on goal Ibrahimovic’s shot from the edge of the box. And it’s Alex’s 182th goal with the Juventus jersey.

The second half starts with Zalayeta replacing Ibrahimovic. Rapid Wien make no substitution and they try to get dangerous after 5 minutes into the second half with Ivanschitz, whose shot is saved by Abbiati. They reduce their gap on 7’ minutes with Kincl who, served by Hlinka, scores with a right-footed shot (1-3). The home side gets dangerous again in a couple of occasions but Abbiati is ready to counter. On 15’ minutes, Juventus attack: Chiellini crosses for Zalayeta but his header is saved by Payer. The game continues to be struggled in the midfield but thrills lack. In the final minutes, Juventus try to increase their spoils with Del Piero but his turn on the shot from the edge of the penalty area ends high over the crossbar. Rapid react with Ivanschitz but his finish ends out of the goalline. It ends 3-1 for the Bianconeri who will now be waiting for the last sixteen tie draw that will take place on December 16th .


GOALS: 35’fh and 45’fh Del Piero, 41’fh Ibrahimovic, 7’sh Kincl

RAPID WIEN: Payer; Dober, Hiden, Valachovic, Katzer; Korsos (35’sh Martinez), Hlinka, Ivanschitz, Hofman; Kincl, Akangunduz (40’sh Kienast). Coach: Hickerseberger. Substitutions: Hedl, Labant, Garics, Dollinger, Beibl
JUVENTUS: Abbiati; Balzaretti, Kovac, Thuram, Chiellini; Camoranesi (33’sh Giannichedda), Blasi, Vieira, Mutu (16’sh Pessotto); Del Piero, Ibrahimovic (1’sh Zalayeta). Coach: Capello
Substitutions: Chimenti, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Trezeguet.
REFEREE: Jaroslav J?ra (CZE)
YELLOW CARDS: 28’fh Thuram, 18’sh Camoranesi

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Wednesday, 23 November 2005
Juventus vs Brugge 1-0
Mood:  happy
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 22 Nov 2005 - 10:45 PM

Juventus beat Brugge by 1-0 at the Delle Alpi and qualify for next Champions League round. After dominating the first half without a particularly oustanding performance, except for the post hit by Trezeguet, Capello’s side looks for the goal persistently in the second half and finds it on 35’ minutes with Del Piero, who thus equalled Boniperti’s record of 179 goals in the ranking of all-time Juventus goalscorers.

From the very beginning, Capello’s side builds up the game but Club Brugge are closed in defence and play in counter-attack when they can find some open space. Thus it’s not easy for the Bianconeri to approach to Butina’s goal. Nedved is the first to try, with a left-footed shot from the edge of area which ends high over the bar. On 14’ minutes, it’s Del Piero’s turn to attempt on goal, following Camoranesi’s free kick, with a header that ends out. On 29’ minutes, a fantastic action from the Bianconeri: a counter-attack launched by Zambrotta who serves Camoranesi, the latter passes to Nedved, a triangle pass between Trezeguet and Del Piero and the ball gets to Zambrotta, who’s unfortunately caught in offside. The best scoring occasion for Capello’s side arrives on 38’ minutes: Chiellini crosses to Trezeguet, who hits the post with a header, the ball bounces back and the goalkeeper can clear. Two initiatives on Brugge’s side worth mentioning: Spilar’s header, cleared by the Bianconeri defence (22’) and Leko’s left-footed shot that ends out (34’).

Juventus are far more aggressive in the second half, persistently looking for the goal from the very first minutes. After 3 minutes, Vieira’s fine shot ends narrowly out. One minute later, following Zambrotta’s pass, Del Piero tries a deflection but the ball ends out. The same happens to another shot from the Captain after a great pass with Vieira (7’). On 9’ minutes, after Camoranesi’s shot from the corner, Vieira’s finish misses the target and gets past the post. On 23’ minutes, the opponents get dangerous with Varheyen, whose header is deflected by Cannavaro over the bar. On 27’ minutes, Nedved attempts on goal with a fine right-footed shot from the edge of the box, deflected by a defender into the corner. On 33’ minutes, Del Piero controls the ball and gets into the penalty area, drives a left-footed shot but Butina saves. Two minutes later, there it comes the deserved advantage: Nedved crosses to the midfield for Del Piero who nods the ball in. It’s 35’ minutes and it’s the winning goal that guarantees the qualification. One minute before the end, Zalayeta gets near the second goal.

RETI: 35’sh Del Piero
JUVENTUS: Abbiati; Zambrotta, Thuram, Cannavaro, Chiellini; Camoranesi (36’sh Mutu), Emerson, Vieira, Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet (39’sh Zalayeta). Coach. Capello. Substitutes: Chimenti, Pessotto, Kovac, Blasi, Giannichedda, Mutu, Zalayeta.
BRUGGE: Butina; Maertens, Spilar, Clement (5’sh Englebert); Vanaudenaerde,Verheyen, Vermant, Leko, Gvozdenovic (39’sh Lange); Dufer (36’sh Serebrennikov), Portillo. Coach: Ceulemans. Substitutes: Stijnen; Balaban, Serebrennikov, Lange, Simoes De Oliveira, Roelandts.
YELLOW CARDS: 14’fh Clement, 39’fh Zambrotta
PROCEEDS: 179.235,33

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Friday, 4 November 2005
Juventus vs Bayern Munchen 2-1
Mood:  happy
Topic: Champions League

Champions League - 02 Nov 2005 - 10:45 PM

A double score by Trezeguet gives Juventus three golden points and allow them to keep up with Bayern on top of Group A. It wasn’t easy to beat them but the determination they had searching the goal finally awarded Capello’s side.

The match is much struggled and the tempo is particularly high in the first few minutes. Bayern are the first to attack: after 4 minutes, Ballack follows Deisler’s free kick and attempts on goal, Abbiati clears high over the crossbar. One minute later, Juventus reply with Trezeguet who, served by Chiellini, drives a right-footed shot from a twenty-metre range which Kahn punches away. On 12’ minutes, Makaay makes the most of a moment of uncertainty of the Bianconeri’s defence but the ball gets past the post. The same happens to Trezeguet’s finish, following Zambrotta’s cross from the right (14’). On 16’ minutes, Pizarro, on Deisler’s free kick, heads the ball too high over the bar. In the last few minutes, the match’s tempo slows down compared to the beginning of the first half, however Juventus keep on creating occasions in search of the goal, preventing their opponents to threat their side of the pitch, until the referee’s whistle for the break.

During the break, Capello replaces Del Piero with Nedved. On the 1’ minute, Ze Roberto serves Makaay, but Kovac successfully anticipates him. On 5’ minutes, Ibrahimovic tries a ground shot on goal, Kahn clears. Two minutes later, Ze Roberto shoots a free kick which ends high over the bar. On 8’ minutes, Nedved assists Ibrahimovic in the box but his shot hits a defender. The Bianconeri’s coach makes one more substitution: Kovac out, Camoranesi in. On 17’ minutes, the Bianconeri take the lead: Ibrahimovic passes to Nedves, the Czech is countered by an opponent but the ball gets to Trezeguet who beats Kahn with his left-footed shot (1-0). An important goal for Juventus but also for the Frenchman who reaches 105 goals in his Juventus career and outdoes his fellow countryman Platini in the book of records of all-time scorers. However, it takes Bayern only 5 minutes to take the draw: Deisler shoots a free kick from a thirty-metres range and the ball gets in (1-1). After thirty minutes into the second half, Capello replaces Camoranesi with Mutu. Juventus keep on attempting on goal but the German defence keeps good guard. On 38’ minutes, following Nedved’s corner shot, Vieira tries to head the ball in but the it eventually ends out. On 40’ minutes, efforts are finally rewarded to Capello’s side. It’s Trezeguet again to score a very important goal and to give Juventus the lead once again: Vieira passes, Trezegoal controls the ball like he’s used to and beats Kahn again with a right-footed drive (2-1). And he gets to 106. Bayern react with Schweinsteiger, whose kick from the edge of the box ends out (42’). In the final minutes, Ibrahimovic was sent off after two yellow cards. With this win, Juventus reach the Germans on top of Group A.

GOALS: 16’ and 40’sh Trezeguet, 21’sh Deisler
JUVENTUS: Abbiati; Zambrotta, Thuram, Kovac (14’sh Camoranesi, 31’sh Mutu), Cannavaro, Chiellini; Emerson, Vieira, Del Piero (1’sh Nedved); Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet. Coach: Capello. Substitutes: Chimenti, Blasi, Giannichedda, Mutu, Zalayeta.
BAYERN MUNCHEN: Kahn; Sagnol, Lucio, Ismael, Schweinsteiger; Deisler, Demichelis (42’sh Scholl), Ze Roberto, Ballack; Makaay (43’sh Guerrero), Pizarro. Coach: Magath. Substitutes: Rensing, Dreher, Karimi, Jeremies, Ottl.
REFEREE: Lubos Michel (SVK)
YELLOW CARDS: 19’fh Kovac, 32’fh Schweinsteiger, 42’fh Ibrahimovic, 45’fh Ze Roberto, 41’sh Vieira
SENT OFF: Ibrahimovic 45’sh
GATE TAKINGS: 481.270,33

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Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Bayern Munchen vs Juventus 2-1
Mood:  sad
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 18 Oct 2005 - 10:45 PM

First halt of the season for the Bianconeri, beated by Bayern Munchen in the third match of Champions League Group A. It ends 2-1 for the Germans with both goals scored in the first half. Juventus try to hit back in the second half but they can score only on 90’ minutes thanks to Ibrahimovic.
The home side, Bayern Munchen, gets yet dangerous after 3 minutes, when Lizarazu serves Santa Cruz who sends the ball high over the bar. On 10’ minutes, Abbiati saves a tricky free kick from Ballack, while on 20’ minutes it’s Thuram who saves Sagnol’s free kick. The first occasion for the Bianconeri arrives after 22 minutes: Trezeguet passes to Nedved but the Czech’s attempt on goal is too wide. On 26’ minutes, it’s danger on the Bianconeri’s side: Makaay’s free kick gets hit back, Demichelis tries to grab the ball but Abbiati clears. On 32’ minutes, the home side takes the lead thanks to Deisler, whose drive takes Abbiati by surprise bouncing on his legs and going straight onto goal (1-0). Capello’s side tries to fight back: Camoranesi serves Emerson with a free kick, but the resulting header from the Brazilian is countered by Kahn (34’). On 36’ minutes it’s still Camoranesi who puts the ball in for Ibrahimovic, but the latter is anticipated in the corner by Demichelis (35’). On 39’ minutes, Bayern double their score: following Deisler’s corner, Demichelis nods it in (2-0). In the last few minutes, another shot from Camoranesi, which ends high over the crossbar.

During the break, Capello replaces Blasi and Camoranesi with Chiellini and Del Piero. Compared to the first 45 minutes, the Bianconeri seem to be more lively. On 7’ minutes, Ibrahimovic tries to deflect the ball in front of the goal but it gets high over the bar. On 11’ minutes, Del Piero’s free kick is cleared by Kahn. On 13’ minutes, Bayern attack with Makaay, whose volley shot gets past the post. The Bianconeri react just a few seconds later: Nedved crosses to Trezeguet and his finish hits the outside of the net. On 20’ minutes, Capello replaces the Frenchman with Mutu. On 27’, Santa Cruz serves Schweinsteiger into the area but the latter’s shot is saved by Abbiati. After 33 minutes into the second half, Nedved crosses to the centre for Emerson, anticipated by Schweinsteinger in the corner. Del Piero shoots but the action vanishes. On 36’ minutes, it’s Makaay’s attempt on goal but the ball ends high over the bar. One minute later, Abbiati counters first Makaay’s shot then Ze Roberto’s. A great occasion for Juventus occurs on 42’ minutes when Emerson drives a fine right-footed shot but Kahn clears. Two minutes later and Capello reduces the disadvantage: Del Piero shoots it in, Emerson passes to Ibrahimovic who drives down in front of the net and nods the ball in (2-1). The last attack for the Bianconeri takes place in the extra time: Nedved hits a free kick from the left but Kahn saves. It ends 2-1. In two weeks’ time, Juventus and Bayern will meet again, at the Delle Alpi.

GOALS: 32'fh Deisler, 39'fh Demichelis, 45'sh Ibrahimovic
BAYERN MUNCHEN: Kahn; Sagnol, Lucio, Ismael, Lizarazu (30'fh Schweinsteiger)
; Deisler, Demichelis, Ze Roberto, Ballack; Makaay, Santa Cruz (43'sh
Scholl).Coach: Magath. Substitutes: Dreher, Scholl, Karimi, Pizarro,
Jeremies, Ottl.
JUVENTUS: Abbiati; Blasi (1'sh Chiellini), Thuram, Cannavaro, Zambrotta;
Camoranesi (1'sh Del Piero), Emerson, Giannichedda, Nedved; Ibraimovich,
Trezeguet (20'sh Mutu). Coach: Capello. Substitutes: Chimenti, Pessotto,
Kovac, Chiellini, Del Piero, Mutu, Zalayeta.
REFEREE: Vasarras (GRE)
YELLOW CARDS: 10'fh Giannichedda, 24'fh Thuram

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Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Preparing for Bayern M?nchen vs Juventus
Mood:  bright
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 17 Oct 2005 - 8:04 PM

During the UEFA press conference, Fabio Capello talked about tomorrow night’s match: “It will be very important for the two clubs, who are both at full score, as for the ranking as well as for the future in Champions League. The two-time challenge can be fundamental, these are tough matches”.

Talking about their opponents, already met last year, the Bianconeri’s coach said: “This year’s Bayern are far more careful in defence, they conceded only five goals in the last few matches. They’re a more difficult team”German journalists informed him that Bayern lean a lot on the stadium factor this year. And Capello replied: “I don’t think that International players like ours can be any impressed. It’s unquestionable, though, that Bayern can feel more the fans’ support in a stadium like this that does not have the athletics track”.

The team’s conditions are excellent: “We feel good physically and mentally – Capello confirms. We’ve played well so far but this match cannot be compared to any other we’ve played lately”. As expected, he was asked about Kovac, who has been Bayern’s reference man until last year: “Regardless of the fact that he’s playing tomorrow, he’s a player that has been able to prove his worth in the few months spent at Juventus so far as an athlet as well as a man. It’s a very important player for us and he will be so in the future like he has been so far.”

After meeting and beating Club Brugge and Rapid Vienna, on Tuesday night Juventus will play against Bayern M?nchen, who top Champions League Group A alongside the Bianconeri. The set for the challenge will be the futuristic Allianz Arena and the protagonists will be two teams who are both first-ranked in their respective home championships.

On one side, Juventus, who have been able to win every single match played since the beginning of the season, winning six consecutive Serie A matches and earning two wins in Champions League, the away 2-1 against Brugge and the home 3-0 against Rapid Vienna. On the other side, Bayern M?nchen, who won by 1-0 the Champions League matches against Rapid and Brugge, and who are leading Bundesliga, alonside Werder Brema, with seven wins, one draw and one defeat.

In their histories rich in trophies and victories, Juventus and Bayern M?nchen have met only twice in official competitions, namely during last season’s Champions League. And it was Juventus who came out victorious in both occasions, first at the Delle Alpi thanks to a goal by Nedved and then in Munich thanks to a goal by Del Piero, resulted from a splendid action started by Ibrahimovic.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2005
Juventus vs Rapid Vienna 3-0
Mood:  happy
Topic: Champions League

On their Champions League home debut, Juventus meet Rapid Vienna. Capello’s side dominates the first 45 minutes and create several scoring occasions, with Nedved, Ibrahimovic twice, Emerson from the distance and Trezeguet’s header. On 18’ minutes, Ibrahimovic puts the ball in, dribbles an opponent, Camoranesi shoots on goal but he misses the target and the ball ends wide of the net. On 26’ minutes, Nedved follows the action carried out by Camoranesi, attempts on goal but the ball is high over the crossbar. The winning goal for the Bianconeri comes one minute later: Zambrotta crosses from the left to Trezeguet who, placed near the goal, puts the ball in and it’s 1-0. On 34’ minutes, a fine action by the Ibrahimovic-Nedved partnership, when the Czech serves Camoranesi into the box and the latter tries the winning conclusion but the ball is past the post.

In the second half Rapid Vienna line up Lawaree, who worries Abbiati on 11’ minutes with a left-footed shot. A few minutes later they get dangerous again with Hofmann, whose shot ends high over the bar. Juventus take the game back under control and it will be so until the end of the match. Following Camoranesi’s corner, the ball gets to Emerson but he shoots it high. On 28’ minutes, Ibrahimovic drives down the whole pitch, gets to the edge of the box and, obstacled by defenders, can still serve Nedved but the Czech’s attempts is too high. After 30 minutes into the second half, there comes another scoring occasion for Capello’s side: Del Piero serves Ibrahimovic but the latter’s shot is cleared by the goalkeeper.
On 36’ minutes, a fine volley from Del Piero gets deflected into the corner. Following the corner shot, Emerson’s shot ends little wide the post. One minute later, the score gets double: Mutu drives down the left flanks, gets into the box and fires a precise left-footed shot that beats Payer (2-0). It’s 40’ minutes when it gets to 3-0: Nedved crosses for Ibrahimovic into the box and the Swede scores with a right-footed shot. He celebrates his first Champions League goal, Juventus do their second win out of two matches which take them to the top of Group A at full score.

GOALS: 27’fh Trezeguet, 37’sh Mutu, 40’sh Ibrahimovic
JUVENTUS: Abbiati; Pessotto, Thuram, Cannavaro, Zambrotta; Camoranesi (20’sh Mutu), Emerson, Giannichedda (38’sh Blasi), Nedved; Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet (14’sh Del Piero). Coach: Capello. Substitutes: Bonnefoi, Kovac, Chiellini, Blasi, Del Piero, Mutu, Zalayeta.
RAPID VIENNA: Payer; Dober (31’sh Martinez), Valachovic, Bejbl, Adamski; Hofmann, Korsos, Hilinka, Ivanschitz; Kincl, Akangunduz (8’sh Lawaree). Coach: Hickerseberger. Substitutes: Hedl, Labant, Garics, Martinez, Dollinger, Lawaree, Prenner
REFEREE: Hansson (SWE)
YELLOW CARDS: 2'sh Valachovic
PROCEEDS: 197.175

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Thursday, 15 September 2005
Mood:  bright
Topic: Champions League
Champions League - 14 Sep 2005 - 10:30 PM

Club Brugge vs Juventus 1-2

A fantastic Juventus dominates Champions League’s first match of this season and leaves Bruges with three precious points thanks to goals by Nedved and Trezeguet, who achieves the 100th goal wearing the Bianconeri outfit. The supremacy of Capello’s side shows from the beginning, as proven by the seven scoring occasions in twenty minutes’ time. The first occurs after 2 minutes with Ibrahimovic, but his cross pass ends slightly wide of the post. On 6’ minutes, Nedved’s fine shot, after an assist by the Swede, ends past the post. Two minutes later, Vieira makes way to Ibrahimovic who serves Nedved; the latter’s shot is cleared by goalkeeper Stijnen, who’s in a great shape and it shows on 9’ minutes, when he saves Trezeguet’s shot from a very good position, on 11’ minutes clearing Zambrotta’s attempt on goal from the distance, on 17’ minutes counteracting Ibrahimovic and finally with Trezeguet. On 27’ minutes, Vieira assists Trezeguet whose cross shot ends wide of the target. After 36 minutes, it’s Trezegol again who, after a cross shot from Blasi, hits the top corner of the goal. Club Brugge suffer and try to react in the small room conceded like on 20’ minutes when De Cock’s header ends out or on 31’ minutes when, after a corner shot kicked by Balaban, Zambrotta clears a tricky ball on the goal line. In the final minutes into the first half, Trezeguet’s attempt on goal is cleared and kicked back by goalkeeper Stijnen.

The second half starts with unchanged line-up’s on both sides but Club Brugge replace Portillo with Blondel after 7 minutes. Capello’s squad pushes from the start with Zambrotta first, whose finish ends wide of the goalposts, then with Ibrahimovic who steals the ball from De Cock in the corner area, then he gets into the box but his shot is high over the bar. Brugge try to hit back on 12’ minutes with Vermant but the ball ends past the post. The deserved advantage for the Bianconeri comes on 21’ minutes into the second half when Nedved beats Stijnen with a perfect free kick (0-1). Juventus, still in control of the game, double the score on 30’ minutes: Camoranesi serves Trezeguet whose volley beats Stijnen. It’s the 100th goal for Trezeguet in his Juventus career, which gives him a place among the best strikers of all times. Our warehouseman Franco Monetta, on the sideline, shows a T-shirt made especially for the occasion. The third goal may come but Ibrahimovic is countered on the goalline. In the final minutes of the match, Club Brugge, in a fit of pride, react scoring with Yulu Matondo and creating some occasions in front of the Bianconeri’s goal. The match ends with Vieira being sent off after his second yellow card.

Capello: ?This is a team who doesn?t settle for second-best?
?Today?s performance was positive; I?m particularly happy with the messages I got from my players: this is a team who wants to do well, who does not settle for second-best. I had seen the same spirit also during the week and it?s very good to see it confirmed in the match.? Fabio Capello has fielded a perfect Juventus: a solid defence, an authoritative midfield, a relentless attack, with Ibrahimovic and Trezeguet to form an exceptional partnership: ?They did play a good match; however, we must not forget that Juventus have five forwards and that everyone will have their place as it?s a long way to the end of the championship. It will be important to play always with the same determination as we had today: also when you?re leading 3-0 you don?t have to relax because you may allow the opponents to hit back and most of all because getting the lost concentration back is always hard.?

Posted by ildico1 at 11:14 PM MEST
Updated: Thursday, 15 September 2005 11:19 PM MEST
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