Juventus-Catania: The Ship Keeps Sinking As Juve Are Shocked 2-1 at Home
When it rains, it really does pour down on your head like never before.
Facing Catania was supposed to right the Juventus ship that was sinking as fast as humanly possible. A team fighthing to not be relegated is supposed to be the cure for what ever is wrong with your club. The Elefanti are the kind of team you beat up on—especially at home.
Boy, we were wrong.
Juve again were left stunned, humiliated, anything you want to call it, on their home turf. A shocking 2-1 defeat amidst protests in amongst the Curva throughout the entire game. It was a situation that summed everything that has gone wrong this season and how frustrated the most faithful supports of the club have become.
As the game began, the Drughi weren't watching. Instead, the faithful chose to support their team with their backs turned towards the field. The quality of play wasn't helping any as even though Juve were dominating the possession, they were creating nothing at all.
The jeers became louder as the first half went on. Felipe Melo, who has been awful the last two months, felt the brunt of the whistles from the stands as he seemed to turn the ball over every time he had it.
Tiago Mendes had Juventus' first legitimate chance on goal just before the 20-minute mark, but it was a week shot that rolled right into the Catania keepers hands.
As if things couldn't get any worse, the 23rd minute proved us wrong yet again.
The Portuguese much-maligned midfielder had a firm grip (and then some) on Nicolas Spolli's jersey in the box. The ref blew for a penalty right away and Jorge Martinez sunk a penalty not once, but twice to put the visitors up 1-0.
David Trezeguet came close to leveling the score midway through the first half after an acrobatic attempt in the box from Fabio Cannavaro. However, the French hitman was incorrectly called offsides as he strike went just wide of the target.
Things didn't get any better for Juventus. Manager Ciro Ferrara gave Melo the hook just 10 minutes after the goal was scored. The Brazilian midfielder, who cost €25 million this summer, left to a chorus of whistles from the crowd at the Olimpico.
The second half started better than the first for the Bianconeri as they at least looked to threaten the goal on more than one occaision. Diego had a golden chance to get on the scoresheet but blasted it well over the crossbar and Hasan Salihamidzic, who came on in the first half for Melo, also came close to equalizing the contest but skimmed his shot just off the outside of the far post.
Juve kept throwing players forward and finally got their equalizer. Diego sent in a beautiful chip into the box that found Salihamidzic all alone to bang it into the back of the net.
Ferrara kept the pressure up as he introduced Sebastian Giovinco and Alessandro Del Piero in a matter of minutes. Giovinco, who had received barely any playing as of late, made his presence felt right away, making his classic runs down the left flank. Del Piero's first touch resulted in a quality chance but Trezeguet couldn't a hold of it as he went crashing into the onrushing keeper.
Despite having all the offensive firepower on the field and plenty of chances being created, few were actually finding the face of the goal. And when the efforts were put on goal, they didn't have much juice behind them.
And just when Juve thought they were going to go ahead after dominating most of the second half, Catania struck for the winner on the counter attack. Substitute Mariano Iczo got blew past a Juve defense that was trying to recover after a corner and beat keeper Alex Manninger and leaving the home crowd absolutely stunned.
Juve kept pushing forward looking for the second equalizer of the day. Diego blasted one towards the near post in the closing moments but Catania keeper Mariano Adujer was there to keep the victory intact.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Or keep falling at this point in time.
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