Juventus 3-0 Chelsea: Bianconeri Push Blues Towards the Brink with Emphatic Win
UEFA Champions League—Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy at 2:45 p.m. ET
Full time: Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
Scorers: Quagliarella (31'), Vidal (62'), Giovinco (90').
Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah; Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic.
Marco Storari, Martin Caceres, Paul Pogba, Simone Pepe, Emanuele Giaccherini, Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri.
Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Mikel Jon Obi; Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar, Juan Mata; Eden Hazard.
Ross Turnbull, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon, Victor Moses, Fernando Torres.
Full time: Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
Thoroughly deserved victory for Juventus, who can touch the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Chelsea were a sorry sight, and must now rely on Shakhtar winning at home to the Bianconeri.
It's all unravelled rather quickly for the Blues, who now look forward to Manchester City on Sunday. It doesn't get any easier.
Man of the match would probably be Asamoah, the Ghanaian never stops running and driving at his opponent. It's scary to think that his best position is actually centre-midfield.
Thanks for joining the action tonight on the live text, what were your thoughts? Could Di Matteo have done anything differently or were they just outclassed by a better side?
Ramires the only one who really believed, the only one he didn't give up. Some of these players need to take a long, hard look at themselves— Jack Rathborn (@jackrathborn) November 20, 2012
What a liberation that goal must be for Giovinco after all the criticism.— Francesco (@FRANCESCalciO) November 20, 2012
Only what they deserved. Fine Juve performance. Bravo.— Stuart Harper (@StuartJHarper) November 20, 2012
90'–Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
Giovinco is in the clear and Cech dashes out from goal, but Formica Atomica calmly slots the ball between the keeper's legs, 3-0 and game over.
86'–Chelsea keep on pressing, but create nothing, it's just not been their night tonight.
Jay Spearing towers over Giovinco.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) November 20, 2012
80'–TORRES UPDATE: Since coming on Torres has not been seen.
77'–Cahill wins a header at a free kick and David Luiz picks up the pieces, dropping a shoulder and curling an effort towards the top corner, but just too high.
74'–Juventus work it wide to a rampaging Caceres, who finds Vucinic completely unmarked, but the Montenegrin blazes high over the bar from just 10 yards.
71'–Juve playing with a swagger now and the Juventini are in a joyous mood. Asamoah and Quagliarella take it in turns to shoot from range, but they don't threaten Cech's goal.
69'–Mata and Hazard work it nicely, but there are no options in the middle for Chelsea without a recognised striker. This has led Di Matteo to throw on Torres, Mikel departing. The Blues are going for it here.
66'–Caceres is on for a tired looking Lichtsteiner, straight swap for the Bianconeri.
If Juve get through the group, [which looks likely now] and bring in Llorente in January…— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) November 20, 2012
38,000 Italians are absolutely shaking this stadium, jumping up and down.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 20, 2012
64'–Huge task for Chelsea now, Juve came from 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge, but this feels a lot tougher. If the scores remain the same, Chelsea would need a favour from Shakhtar in the last game.
61'–Juventus 2-0 Chelsea
Asamoah is such a threat, the Ghanaian drives to the line and pulls it back to Vidal, who is completely unmarked, finishing between Cech's legs.
58'–Quagliarella is one on one with Cech, but the Chelsea keeper forces him wide and eventually smothers the ball out for a corner.
56'–Pirlo lets fly from distance and it's a good effort. Cech tips it around the post and Juve look to be gaining the initiative back here.
53'–Mata drives a free kick straight into the wall. Poor, considering it was central, just 20 yards from goal.
49'–Vucinic gets a head to a pass and comes across Cahill, falling to the ground and looking in astonishment as the referee waves play on. Close call, but the referee probably got it right.
Very, very selfish from Vucinic. Quagliarella had a free, precious, angle— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 20, 2012
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