Serie A Matchday 32 Lazio 0-2 Juventus @ Stadio Olimpico Juventus:Arturo Erasmo Vidal 8(r),28 Juve conquer the capital!(Juventus Official Website)
Juventus stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points following this evening’s convincing 2-0 victory over European-chasing Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Any fears of the visitors feeling the effects of Wednesday night’s Champions League elimination were swiftly allayed when Arturo Vidal converted from the spot with just nine minutes played. And the Chilean found himself in the right place at the right time to double the advantage 20 minutes later, showing plenty of composure to clip the ball over the advancing Federico Marchetti and strengthen the Bianconeri’s grip on a priceless three points. Despite the Bianconeri’s overall command on a memorable night in the capital, it was in fact Lazio who were quicker out the blocks during a lively start to the encounter. Hernanes had the first meaningful effort on goal with just three minutes played, drawing a diving save from Gigi Buffon who managed to prevent the ball from crossing the line for a corner. But Juventus saw off the early threat and neat combination play between Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio, deployed in an unorthodox advanced role for the evening, resulted in the Montenegrin being sent to ground by Lorik Cana’s misjudged challenge from behind. Referee Antonio Giannoccaro showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot, with Vidal stepping up to send Federico Marchetti the wrong way from 12 yards with nine minutes on the clock. With the early goal forcing Lazio to commit added bodies forward in an attempt to find a way back into the affair, Juventus soaked up the pressure and looked to inflict further damage on the counter. And they could have increased their lead when Vucinic turned Andrea Pirlo’s teasing free-kick goalwards with 20 minutes played, only for Marchetti to keep the ball from crossing the line with an instinctive block. The visitors’ grip on proceedings served to increase their levels of confidence and only a magnificent last-gasp challenge from Michael Ciani prevented Vidal from rounding off a flowing move on 28 minutes. But the Chilean only had to wait a minute before doubling his tally, capitalising on a loose ball in the area to lift a delicate finish over the advancing Marchetti and put the Bianconeri firmly in the driving seat shortly before the half-hour mark. Lazio’s makeshift rearguard struggled to find answers to Juventus’ enterprising movement in the final third and were almost picking the ball out of the net for the third time in quick succession after Marchisio’s neatly-placed strike was diverted wide for a corner by Cana’s late intervention. Conte’s men were ruthless in their approach and sought to heap further misery on their shell-shocked opponents ahead of the half-time whistle. After seeing his initial strike from the edge of the area foiled by Marchetti, Paul Pogba went a whisker away from guiding Stephan Lichtsteiner’s teasing right-sided delivery inside the far post. Faced with a mountain to climb following his side’s below par first-half display, Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic opted to shuffle his pack at the interval, introducing Ederson and Libor Kozak at the expense of Stefano Mauri and Hernanes. And the new arrivals succeeded in breathing new life into the hosts, with Juventus having Gigi Buffon to thank for maintaining their two-goal cushion following a superb save from Ciani’s bullet header at the near post. Yet the Bianconeri kept plugging away and should have been home and dry when Marchisio reacted quickest to Pirlo’s parried free-kick on 55 minutes, only for the midfielder to send his follow-up over the crossbar with the goal gaping. Conte elected to shuffle his pack at differing points throughout the second period, sacrificing Lichtsteiner, Vucinic and Marchisio for Simone Padoin, Fabio Quagliarella and Emanuele Giaccherini. But despite an improved second-half performance from the hosts, Juventus managed to weather a late flurry of chances to record this season’s first victory over the Biancocelesti at the fourth time of asking. The result, coupled with last night’s draw between nearest Scudetto challengers Napoli and Milan, enables the Bianconeri to boost their lead at the summit of Serie A and take another significant step towards reclaiming last season’s title. LAZIO 0-2 JUVENTUS GOALS: Vidal (pen) 9, Vidal 28 LAZIO Marchetti; Gonzalez, Ciani, Cana, Stankevicius; Candreva, Onazi, Ledesma (Crecco 68), Hernanes (Kozak 46), Mauri (Ederson 46); Klose. Substitutes not used: Bizzarri, Strakosha, Serpieri, Antic, Cataldi, Saha, Floccari, Rozzi. Manager: Petkovic. JUVENTUS Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso; Lichtsteiner (Padoin 67), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Marchisio (Giaccherini 88); Vucinic (Quagliarella 86). Substitutes not used: Storari, Rubinho, Caceres, Marrone, De Ceglie, Isla, Matri. Manager: Conte. REFEREE: Giannoccaro ASSISTANTS: Posado, Padovan FOURTH OFFICIAL: Viazzi BOOKED: Cana 7, Vidal 14, Peluso 41, Ciani 53
ナポリとミランがドローに終わり、2位ナポリとの差を広げるチャンスとなった32節。コッパ・イタリアセミファイナルで敗れた今季相性が悪いラツィオが相手、チャンピオンズリーグで敗退が決まった直後とネガティブな要素がそろうがユーベはいきなり先制する。 プリマ・テンポ。8分、ヴチニッチがサナに倒されて得たリゴーレをビダルが右足で決めてレッテ。0-1とリードすると、ラツィオの反撃を抑えてゲームの主導権を奪っていく。 リヒトシュタイナーのクロスに飛び込んだマルキジオ、ヴチニッチのパスをエリア内でボールを受けたビダルのティーロはともにブロックされ、ピルロのプニツィオーネにニアで合わせたヴチニッチのティーロはGKマルケッティがビッグセーブと決定機に決めきれないでいたが、28分、アサモアのパスをマルキジオが角度を変えてビダルが右足で浮かせてドッピエッタと30分までに0-2と試合のコントロールに成功する。 セコンド・テンポにマウリに代えてエデルソン、エルナネスに代えてコザクを投入と2枚替えのラツィオが攻勢を仕掛ける。 中盤を6枚にしてポゼッションを高める作戦はプリマ・テンポに機能したもののセコンド・テンポは後手にまわりボールを奪えない。アンゴロからシアニの決定的なヘッドをGKブッフォンがビッグセーブで防ぐなど防戦一方の時間が続く。 56分のピルロのプニツィオーネはGKマルケッティがビッグセーブ、リフレクトを叩いたマルキジオのティーロも枠をとらえられず追加点を奪えない。ピルロの顔にレーザー光線が当てられる妨害も続く。 60分には右サイドを突破されてのクロスにファーでコザクがヘッドと完全な失点パターン。コザクがジャストミートできず、なんとかブッフォンが抑えたが苦しい時間帯。レデズマを最終ラインに吸収されるくらいに下げたラツィオの3-3-2-2とハイプレスにアジャストし始めたがゲームをコントロールするまでには至らない。 68分にユベントスは疲れが見えたリヒトシュタイナーに代えてパドイン、ラツィオは怪我のレデズマに代えてクレッコを投入する。これでラツィオは前線に4枚に見える高さまでカンドレーヴァとクレッコを突出させ、ユベントスはパドインが下がり目で対応する。 87分に好守に走り回ったヴチニッチに代えてクアリャレッラを投入。89分には終始裏を狙い、走り回ったマルキジオに代えてジャッケリーニを投入。と疲労を見せたところを埋める交代。 アディショナルタイムの3分もしのぎきり、後手に回り続けたセコンド・テンポのラツィオの猛攻を0点に抑えたユベントスが0-2で勝利。2位ナポリに勝ち点11をつけることとなった。

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