Juventus-Fiorentina: Bianconeri Dominate Match But Only Manage 1-1 Draw
Juventus entered the international break looking for answers. A string of disappointing results in both Serie A and Champions League left Ciro Ferrara wondering what exactly his team had to do to get three points.
After Saturday's 1-1 draw against Fiorentina, there is still work to be done. While the Bianconeri dominated possession, the mediocre at best finishing in front of the goal continued to plague them.
However, you wouldn't have thought that Juve were going to be the better side the way the match started. Momo Sissoko, who was making his return to the starting lineup after missing six months due to injury, was booked within the first minute of play.
It got even worse as the Viola scored in the fifth minute on a beautiful counter-attack. Stevan Jovetic, who has been fantastic this season, sent a fine through ball to Juan Manuel Vargas down the left flenk who then slipped it past an onrushing Gianluigi Buffon to shock the Stadio Olimpico crowd.
Juve fought back and from then on, dictated play in the first half. Vincenzo Iaquinta had Juve's first chance of the game when he took in former teammate Marco Marchionni's poor clearance at the top of the box only to shoot it right into Sebastian Frey's arms.
It nearly even again when Fabio Grosso sent in a heat seeking cross that was touched by Iaquinta wide of goal. If Iaquinta had let it go, Amauri was in prime position to touch it in with Frey in position to stop the shot.
Just a minute later Amauri did get his goal—a long awaited one at that. Dane Christian Poulsen sent through that Iaquinta got a hold of but saw his apparent shot turn into a pass to Amauri, who was there waiting to pick up the loose ball and tap it in the wide open goal. It was the big Brazilian's first goal since February.
Juve kept the pressure going as they clearly were showing they were the better side on the night. Despite having three defensive midfielders playing behind Diego, they were dominating the possession, at times holding it for twice as long as their opposition.
Despite the lack of possession, Fiorentina still had chances to take the lead back. Jovetic shot one directly at Buffon and in stoppages, Vargas extremely close to putting his side ahead. If it wasn't for the tips of Buffon's left hand, the Viola would've taken a 2-1 lead into the dressing room.
As the second half began, Juventus were again showing they were the better side. Just after the whistle, Sissoko had a glorious chance to put his side ahead after Iaquinta and Diego combined well but was only denied Frey's kick save. He had another chance to score, this time with his head, but didn't get anything on it and sent Fiorentina off on the counter attack with Jovetic sending a rocket just wide.
Again Juve had a chance to go ahead, this time from Grosso, but again it was right at Frey. It was again looking like another match where it was going to take something miraculous for Juve to go ahead. They were dominating the match in every way but just couldn't finish the ball in front of goal.
With 20 minutes left Amauri continued the trend of poor finishing when he saw his right-footed shot go just wide. Countryman Diego had a chance with 10 minutes to go when he saw his free kick go just over the right side of goal.
Alberto Gillardino, who was quiet for much of the match and had scored four goals for Italy over the international break, had a great chance to put Fiorentina ahead in the final minutes of regular time. However, the Italian striker muffed the shot from inside the box.
The final whistle blew and whistles also came down from the Stadio Olimpico crowd. A frustrating result considering how well Juve played.
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