A toothless attacking display by both sides ensured that the Bologna-Juventus game ended in a goalless drab affair at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Juventus Coach Luigi Delneri hinted previously that Simone Pepe would play in defence in place of the injured Zdeněk Grygera – however he decided to give the on-loan Marco Motta a chance as he was slotted into the right-back position.
The Bianconeri started relatively brightly as they created several chances only for the forwards to make a hash of. Amauri had chances on two free headers as he couldn’t direct either of them on goal. Milos Krasić was looking lively as usual and he pounced upon an error from the Bologna defence to create a chance for Fabio Quagliarella which was subsequently blocked. Amauri seemed to be struggling with an injury as Del Neri decided to bring on Vincenzo Iaquinta in his place.
The most abouttalked moment of the game came on the 34th minute as Krasić rushed through the penalty area and fell to the ground. Daniele Portanova was adjudged to have fouled him and Juventus were awarded a penalty. In reality, there was absolutely no contact between Portanova and Krasić and the blonde winger should have been booked for a simulation. However the referee didn’t see it and gave the Bianconeri an undeserved chance to go ahead.
Vincenzo Iaquinta stepped up and his weak shot was saved by Emiliano Viviano, resulting in poetic justice – something which Bologna Coach Alberto Malesani made a note of following the game. Giuseppe Marotta and Alberto Aquilani came out in support of Krasić ruling out the possibility of blatant cheating, while emphasizing that it wasn’t a penalty and justice was served following Iaquinta’s miss. There are suggestions that the Serbian could face a suspension for the game against Milan next week – which would be a huge blow for Juventus.
After this incident, Krasić did not maintain the same level of play. The penalty incident along with the jeering from the Rossoblu faithful seemed to have unnerved him. The dependency on Krasić was once again visible as Juventus could not create any chances and did not threaten Bologna’s defence at all. The movement of Quagliarella and Iaquinta was so poor that Aquilani’s efforts to connect the midfield to attack were in vain.
Felipe Melo once again played his role to perfection, relieving the Juve defence of any pressure. Paolo De Ceglie had started the season very poorly but seems to be constantly improving. He was once again solid in the left-back position and defended and attacked with effect. However Motta did not make full use of the chance given to him as he was anonymous throughout the game and his positioning was highly suspect on many occasions.
Del Neri could not be blamed for the result as he made timely substitutions. He also attempted a formation change by throwing on Jorge Martinez and Alessandro Del Piero up front. The captain could not weave his magic this time as he was too slow and did not use the set pieces to full effect. Martinez made one notable dribble between two defenders but his shot hit the side-netting.
2 Motta – 19 Bonucci- 3 Chiellini- 29 De Ceglie
27 Krasic – 4 Felipe Melo – 14 Aquilani – 8 Marchisio
11 Amauri – 18 Quagliarella
22 – 9 Iaquinta on for 11 Amauri
63 – 10 Del Piero on for 27 Krasic
72 – Martinez on for 18 Quagliarella