Juventus were hoping to bounce back after the mid- week defeat, but lady luck had other plans. Juve can complain as much as they want and blame whomever they want, but their opponents simply wanted it more. Following this loss and Inter’s win at the San Siro, Inter are now running away with an eight point lead, while the team from Turin watches on.
Ferrara went with his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation with Amauri as the lone striker. Cagliari were immediately in the Old Lady’s face as soon as the game started with Alessandro Agostini running down the wing in the second minute trying to make an opportunity for his team, but was stopped by Martin Caceres. Christian Molinaro tried his best to create the opener in the fourth minute but was quickly stopped by the Rossoblu defence.
Juve got an opportunity in the 11th minute when Mohamed Sissoko was fouled. They got a free- kick which was then taken by Diego, but the ball in was too long and missed everyone. Cagliari got a corner in the 19th minute and the ball made it into the area but Amauri of all people, was the person who headed it away. Juve immediately responded when a minute later Diego got the ball into Cagliari’s six yard box, but his shot went straight into the arms of the keeper. Diego was amidst the action again, when two minutes later he got another ball into the area, but it was simply too long for Amauri.
The opening goal came at the half hour mark, when Nene surprised everyone with his curling shot just outside the box to give Cagliari the lead. La Vecchia Signora responded five minutes later when Claudio Marchisio received the ball from Mauro Camoranesi but the shot went just over the bar. Juve never stopped pressing for that equalizer, as four minutes later they had another corner but the defence cleared it. Again Diego was there hunting for an equalizer, when in the 44th minute his shot on goal went slightly wide.
The second half started as the first ended. But this time it was Cagliari with an opportunity from Davide Biondini who just missed slotting the ball into the back of the net after two minutes of the restart. Juve again responded to this, a minute later Amauri scored a magnificent goal but was ruled off as off-side. Juventus were determined to get the equalizer but it was just not coming for them and in the 89th minute Alessandra Matri scored the winner and to take all three points for Cagliari.
Massimo Allegri: “ Everyone has to sacrifice himself, otherwise we suffer. Also we are a young team and we can still improve alot.”
Ciro Ferrara: “ The defeat isn’t easy to stomach because we tried everything to come away with a draw but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Cagliari deserved the three points after their aggressive and persistent play. Both teams went into this game from a defeat – The Rossoblu lost away to Milan in Serie A while Juve just came from a midweek loss to Bordeaux. This game would have helped the Bianconeri retain second place and still be in a position to give Inter a reason to be scared.
Ciro Ferrara should look at this game and analyse where he went wrong, most notably his 4-3-2-1 system was not a wise choice, hence the negative result. He obviously needed more fire power with Diego out of sorts. The Bianconeri were pouring forward during the second half looking for the equalizer to salvage a point, but by doing this they left gaps and space for Cagliari to exploit, and this then lead to Matri’s winner at the 89th minute.
Ferrara is however more concerned with the decision not to give Amauri a free kick for a foul when it was still 1-0. If this had been awarded the result could have read a lot differently. Now Juve have slipped to third place in the league after Milan’s late victory over Catania. If they want to remain within touching distance of top spot, they will have to aim for victory when they host Inter.
Cagliari 2-0 Juventus-Nene 30, Matri 89
Cagliari(4-3-1-2): Marchetti- Astori, Lopez, Pisano, Agostini- Conti, Cossu, ( Parola 72) Lazzari ( Dessena 65)- Biondini- Jeda, Nene (Matri 61)
Juventus(4-2-3-1) Buffon- Chiellini, Cannavaro, Molinaro (Giovinco 80), Caceres- Sissoko ( Tiago 84), Poulsen- Camoranesi, Diego, Marchisio ( Del Piero 61)- Amauri
4- Corners -7
10 (4) – Shots ( on target) – 10 (4)
23 – Fouls – 11
3 (0)- Yellow cards (Red) – 3 (0)
6 – Offside – 3