Juventus-Bordeaux: Juve Fail To Do Anything Right, Lose 2-0 In France
With Juventus needing just a win against Bordeaux to advance to the Champions League knockout round, they might have laid their biggest egg of the entire season.
When the two teams faced off in Turin two months ago, it was a night full of frustration. The strikers couldn't finish, the midfield was dominated, and the defense had to rely on the best goalkeeper in the world to prevent the scoreline from being completely lopsided.
It was even worse Wednesday night.
Juve were dominated and dominated by a good amount in their 2-0 loss to the French champions. If you try and find positives about how the Old Lady played, good luck with that. It was just a terrible showing.
And that kind of dismal showing seemed to start right off the bat. Within minutes, Bordeaux were already putting pressure on the Juve backline. Just three minutes in, Gianluigi Buffon got his first singal that tonight was again going to be a busy one when he had to palm away a Jaroslov Plasil free kick.
Bordeaux kept coming from all angles and the Juve defense were clearly on their heels. They were not only dominating the possession, but dictating the pace of the game.
Plasil again came close to opening the scoring 10 minutes later, but shot his volley over the goal.
For Juventus, the opportunities were few and far between in the first half. Their first chance came midway through the first half when Giorgio Chiellini's downward header bounced inches over the crossbar.
However, Bordeaux was on the attack yet again. Marouane Chamakh, who was an injury doubt before the game, sprung the offsides trap and went in one-on-one against Buffon. Much like their first meeting, Buffon came up huge at the perfect time and denied Chamakh by beating away his close-range effort.
Buffon was again needed in stoppages. This time it was Yoan Gouffran with the effort trying one from long range and again Buffon keeping the game scoreless.
The second half started much like the first. Juve manager changed up his tactics, moving Alessandro Del Piero from the left flank to a more natural spot up top with Amauri. But it wasn't working, Juve were clearly struggling against Bordeaux and themselves.
Bordeaux got the much-deserved opener 10 minutes into the second half. It was again Plasil on the end of a free kick, Fernando on the end of it, and this time Buffon couldn't do anything about it. Chalk that up as another goal from a set piece for Laurent Blanc's boys.
No fault to Buffon as both Amauri and Felipe Melo made absolutely no effort to try and head the ball out of the box before it found Fernando.
Juve did fight back and had two chances to level the score within minutes of one another. First it was Felipe Melo trying to recreate the goal he scored against Atalanta three weeks ago with a screamer from long-range—but this time it went over the bar. Diego did get a fierce strike on target, stinging Bordeaux keeper Cedric Carrasso's palms.
And then it was the chance that summed up the night for Juventus.
After Del Piero somehow managed to chip the ball through two defenders, both Amauri and Diego were waiting for it inside the six-yard box. The problem was, neither of them put it away, with the ball bouncing off Diego's thigh and out for a goal kick.
Minutes later, Ferrara introduced primavera striker Ciro Immobile for Del Piero. With Amauri struggling mightily to get involved in the game, you would have thought it would be him that Immobile replaced, but it was the captain making way for the youngster.
Bordeaux came right back and nearly made it 2-0. Benoit Tremoulinas took rip at one that bounced off a Juve defender, leaving Buffon for dead. Luckily for Juve, the ball trickled wide of goal and out for a corner.
Ferrara continued his strange string of subs with 13 minutes to go—this time bringing on Sebastian Giovinco for Amauri and leaving Immobile as the lone striker up top.
Bordeaux again came close to doubling their lead and again it was Buffon denying the effort. This time it was defender Marc Planus trying to get one past the Italian wall in goal with a blast towards the back post. Buffon had it covered and parried it away.
Then in stoppages Bordeaux did get their second goal of the night. And what a surprise, it was on a set piece with blown marking. This time it was Martin Caceres letting Chamakh get free and finsh a convincing win with beast of a header.
All but one of their goals this year in the Champions League have come from set pieces. You would think Juve would know how dangerous they are in those kinds of situations.
With the loss and Bayern Munich's win against Maccabi Haifa, Juve have to beat or draw against their German counterpart in two weeks in Turin—something every person was hoping wouldn't be the case.
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