Juventus-Bologna: Bianconeri Left Stunned After Stoppage Time Equalizer
The message that Juventus manager Ciro Ferrara has been saying to his team and in the press is that getting the maximum amount of points against the lower level teams is something that must happen if they want to contend for the Scudetto.
So many times last year under Claudio Ranieri points were not secured against the lower part of the Serie A table due to either draws or flat out losses.
Different coach, same story as Juve were stunned just moments before the final whistle blew as Bologna got a much-deserved equalizer. The final score was level at one—something that sees Juve fail to go back atop the table.
Juve started strong and looked like they were going to run away with the game with how much of the possession they were having. It did take until halfway through the first half when David Trezeguet recorded the first quality chance of the game when he sprung the off-sides trap and forced a fine save out of Bologna keeper Emilian Viviano.
Trezeguet again had a chance to score after Jonathan Zebina slipped a nice through ball but the sliding Frenchman couldn't put away his countryman's cross, banging it off the side netting.
Juventus got the much-deserved opening goal after 25 minutes when Trezeguet scored a classic goal in front of the net. After Zebina crossed the ball from the right flank, it deflected off of Viviano and fell right to Trezeguet, who tapped it in.
But Bologna responded immediately with their only sustained amount of possession in the first half. Just seconds after Juve went ahead, captain Marco Di Vaio blasted a shot over Gigi Buffon's goal and then blasted a shot right at the Bianconeri keeper.
There was controversy as the first half came to a close as Bologna looked to have leveled the terms when Juve appeared to have scored an own goal only to have it waived off due to off-sides. When replays were shown, it proved that the referee had go the called correct.
The second half began with neither team really establishing themselves
Juve's first chance of the second half came on a long-range shot by Felipe Melo. It troubled Viviano a bit as he gave up a juicy rebound, but Trezeguet was ruled off-sides as he tried to put the rebound away.
Just a few minutes later Bologna had a great chance to level the Juve defense was caught napping and Di Vaio was off to the races.
It was Di Vaio again causing the Juve backline trouble as he got behind the defense and slipped by Buffon but his shot was headed away just before it crossed the goal line by Giorgio Chiellini.
Bologna continued to maintain most of the possession as the second half went on. Juve looked to take their foot off the gas just a bit and any chance of establishing the same kind of ball control they had in the first half wasn't happening.
Juve found their best chances as the half went on via the counter attack—most of the time with substitute Sebastian Giovinco leading the break. But the theme of the day, and for the last couple of games, was that they couldn't put a lesser team away.
Bologna didn't stop pressing ahead and Roberto Guana forced a fine save out of Buffon.
Alessandro Del Piero marked his return to the lineup with 10 minutes remaining and he immediately got the offense going again. Il Capitano was on the back end of a Camoranesi header that banged off the far post and then moments later he led a 3 v. 3 opportunity that saw Giovinco fail to take advantage of Del Piero's through ball.
But with Juve failing to extend their lead, Bologna was still in striking distance of stealing a point in Turin. That's exactly what they did as substitute Martins Adailton beat left back Cristian Molinaro and headed home a free kick with Buffon having no chance to stop it.
It was a goal that seemed to be coming the whole second half. Unfortunately for the Old Lady, it came with just seconds to go in stoppage time.
An ugly win wasn't able to be had and it shows Ferrara still has a lot of work to do to make his team a completely finished product.
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