RESULTS Italian Serie A Week 32 - PALERMO 3 - 2 FC JUVENTUS Goals by Amauri, Alessandro Del Piero and Mattia Cassani delivering the winning goal for Palermo "Juve 10 points difference with Roma"
Juventus LOST despite having 67% ball possession compared to Palermo 33%
plus Juventus having 10 corner kicks in contrast to Palermo 3 corners!
PALERMO 3 - 2 FC JUVENTUS
11' Amauri 52' Alessandro Del Piero
45' Amauri 71' Alessandro Del Piero
89' M. Cassani
Substitutions: 23' Roberto Guana out, Giovanni Tedesco in 23' Pavel Nedved out, V. Iaquienta in
62' Simplicio out, Bresciano in 46' Antonio Nocerino out, Tiago in
81' Bosko Jankovic out, Cristian Zaccardo in 46' Zdenek Grygera out, Hasan Salihamidzic in
What to tell you about this match????
It was full of drama, suspense, joy, nervousness, anxiety, you name it!!!!!
Apparently, Juventus was the favorite to win the match. However, my friends, in football nothing should be taken by granted. Just in the 11th minute a big surprise for Juventus with Palermo striker Amauri.
- The Sicilian movie script started practically in the 8th minute when Palermo defender Andrea Barzagli commits a foul and Referee Emidio Morganti shows him the yellow card. Two minutes later, Federico Balzaretti who earlier declared to be happy to meet his ex teammates from Juventus is found offside. Now, here is where the "whole drama" unraveled.
Palermo 1 - 0 FC Juventus
In the 20th minute, a huge clash between the heads of Juve midfielder Pavel Nedved and Palermo midfielder Roberto Guana delaying the match to get medical treatment. Gee.... neither of them could continue and went directly to the hospital for proper treatment
It was like a sudden hurricane blasting every strategy of la Vecchia Signora. Imagine, in the 23rd minute, Juve Coach Claudio Ranieri is forced to make his first substitution when midfielder Pavel Nedved could not continue for injury. So, there you go, it was the chance for striker Vincenzo Iaquienta to replace Nedved.At the same time, Palermo Coach Stefano Colantuono also is forced to make his first substitution because Roberto Guana crashed with Nedved and both needed urgent attention. So, in the 23rd minure, both coaches had to adjust their stragies. For Palermo it was the time for Giovanni Tedesco to replace Guana.
Just when the first half was ending, a loud alarm sound for Juventus to wake up and smell the coffee.
- Referee Emidio Morganti signals 5 minutes stoppage time for the time spent during the Nedved/Guana clash.
- In the 47th minute, Juve defender Nicola Legrottaglie sends an assist to Vincenzo Iaquinta who shoots from outside the box only to be saved! Immediately, ALARM... Tiago is injured and blood is coming out of his forehead. Tiago and Giulio Migliaccio injured themselves. So the match extended all the way to the 50th minute.
Palermo 2 - 0 FC Juventus
Some ray of hope showed up in the somber stadium for Juventus! In the 52nd minute, after Mohamed Sissoko shot to the net was superbly saved but could not keep the ball. Immediately, great Juventus Captain sees his chance when getting the assist from Sissoko. Del Piero "inspired by his fervent devotion to Juventus," shoots from the left side fo the box to the bottom left corner blasting Palermo goalkeeper Alberto Fontana!
Palermo 2 - 1 FC Juventus
In the 65th minute, Juve midfielder missed a chance to equalize the match!
Juventus was practically bombarding Palermo in the second half but Goalkeeper Fontana was there to block Juventus.
In teh 69th minute, Tiago shoots from outside the box and misses the target sending the ball to the left!
In the 71st minute, again, Mohamed Sissoko proving to be a team player sends a cross to striker David Trezeguet who heads form the center of the box to the bottom left corner and for his bad luck Goalkeeper Fontana saves! The problem with Fontana was that he could not hold the ball again... Alessandro Del Piero was there and shoots from an angle blasting goalkeeper FONTANA!!!!
Palemro 2 - 2 FC Juventus
David Trezeguet keeps trying and trying to blast goalkeeper Fontana but he had no luck.
In the 80th minute, Del Piero shoots and hit the post, but he gets a free kick. Then, Trezeguet shoots form the center of the box to the top center and IS SAVED!!!!! Amazing.... Lady Luck was not with Trezeguet.
It seems the final result was going to be a draw until Palermo defender Mattias Cassani said NO despite Juventus having the best part of the second half.
In the 88th minute, Amauri wins a free kick after a foul committed by Juve midfielder Mauro Camoranesi. Right after, in the 89th minute, a mistake by Sissoko trying to head away the ball to clear danger only to find Mattias Cassani to shoot to the top let corner of the net blasting Saint Goalkeeper Gigi Buffon. My friends, here, nothing could be done but Palermo had Lady Luck on their side.
Palermo 3 - 2 FC Juventus
I don't think BUFFON will be happy with this result. Is not a classic match where the best goalkeeper can take 3 goals!!!! Time for Coach Ranieri to do some adjustments in the defense. Don't you think?
Finally, Palermo coach Stefano Colantuono redeemed himself in front of Palermo fans and President Zamparini after he was sacked when losing at the Olimpico with 5 goals in Week 13. This is a memorable day for Colantuono but a bad day for Juventus who now must prepare to play against Milan next week. Another defeat for La Vecchia Signora will danger their Third Position in the Serie A.
Italian Serie A Tim 2007 - 2008 |
Thirty Second Round Matchday 32
PALERMO 3 - 2 FC JUVENTUS
Renzo Barbera Stadium
Sunday, April 6 2008
Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno);
Assistants: Massimiliano Grilli and Massimiliano Rosi (Gubbio)
Fourth Official: Michele Cavarretta (Trapani)
Italian Soccer Serie A
Commentary by Anna Italia
||Shots (on Goal)||24(7)|
||Corner Kicks||10 |
||Yellow Cards||2 |
Goalkeeper: Alberto Fontana;
Defenders: Mattia Cassani, Rinaudo, Andrea Barzagli, Balzaretti;
Midfielder: Roberto Guana (Giovanni Tedesco 23), Migliaccio; Bosko Jankovic (Zaccardo 81), Simplicio (Bresciano 62), Caserta;
Coach: Stefano Colantuono
Goalkeeper: Gigi Buffon
Defenders: Zdenek Grygera (Salihamidzic 46), Nicola Legrottaglie, Giorgio Chiellini, Christian Molinaro; Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi, Antonio Nocerino (Tiago 46), Mohamed Sissoko, Pavel Nedved (Vincenzo Iaquinta 23);
Forwards: David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero
Coach: Claudio Rainieri
Booked / Yellow Card: 8' Andrea Barzagli (P), 16' Mauro Camoranesi (J), 89' Mattia Cassani (P), 90' Hasan Salihamidzic (J), 90' Federico Balzaretti (P)