Review: Juventus Held to a Scoreless Draw by Lazio in Turin
Italian Champions Juventus were held to a scoreless draw at the Juventus Stadium in what can only be described as a boring encounter against Lazio. The draw sees Juventus open up a five-point gap at the head of the Serie A, with the bulk of matches to be played tonight.
It was a tentative opening few minutes at the Juventus stadium with both sides lacking that final pass to create a clear-cut opportunity. Aside from some fancy footwork from Lazio's goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, the opening third of the match was filled with back passes, misplaced passes and exchanges in the middle of the park.
After Miroslav Klose took things into his own hands (literally), things started to heat up. The German threw Giorgio Chiellini to the ground during a set-piece. From here, the game began to open up with the Bianconeri clearly on the ascendance.
Kwadwo Asamoah was proving impossible to deal with down the left wing, testing out Marchetti with a driven shot in the 16th minute of the match, Just minutes later, it was Giovinco who was at the Lazio defence, evading Dias to attempt an Ibrahimovician-like goal. Marchetti saved at the last second and Fabio Quagliarella's follow up could only manage the side netting.
Although quiet for most of the first half, Lazio did eventually create an opportunity thanks to Brazilian playmaker Hernanes. The Brazilian, with the assistance of some fancy footwork and pace tore up the Juventus midfield, linked up nicely with Klose, but took one too many touches losing the ball inside the Juventus box. The score remained 0-0.
On the other side of the park, Giovinco was causing all kinds of havoc for the Lazio centre-back pairing of Giuseppe Biava and Michael Ciani. First a ball from Isla was nicely controlled but directed wide by the Italian international. Then, in the very next play, the former Parma player found himself one-on-one with Marchetti, but in a similar fashion directed wide to the left of the post. That was how it stayed, scoreless in the first half.
Paul Pogba started the second half in brighter fashion for Juventus taking a shot early on. However, Juventus failed to capitalise on this good start. The state of the game was perhaps best encapsulated when Federico Marchetti was booked for time wasting in the 51st minute.
Juventus continued to press forward and after a close range Chiellini shot was expertly saved, Juventus turned to Alessandro Matri to try and grab a lead. However the Italian failed to make an impact and although Sebastian Giovinco was continuing to prove threatening, no goal would eventuate.
Amidst desperate shouts for handballs in the penalty area, diving and injuries, Juventus vs Lazio ultimately proved a poor showing from both sides. Juventus will need to improve dramatically if they want to have any chance of penetrating Chelsea's defence midweek.
Full Time: Juventus 0-0 Lazio
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