Juventus held 0-0 at Chievo

BY foxsports • October 15, 2011

Chievo proved once again to be Juventus' bogey side as they held the Bianconeri to a goalless draw at the Stadio Bentegodi in today's Serie A clash.

Juve coach Antonio Conte had said on the eve of the game that this would be a real test of his side's title aspirations since they have always found it tough against the Flying Donkeys in the past, and they struggled once again in Verona.

Alessandro Del Piero hit the post, but that was as close as the league leaders came on a frustrating afternoon.

Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier provided the first moment of danger in the 10th minute with a direct free-kick through the Juve wall which Gianluigi Buffon was able to grasp at the second attempt.

Cyril Thereau put the ball in the back of the net minutes later, but the referee's whistle had long since gone for an apparent foul by the Chievo striker on Andrea Pirlo, from whom he stole the ball in midfield.

Juve's first attempt on goal arrived in the 51st minute when Claudio Marchisio flashed a 20-yard shot across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.

In the 73rd minute, Del Piero headed Simone Pepe's cross against the outside of the post with practically his first touch of the game after coming on as a substitute.

Del Piero's arrival seemed to give Juve the lift they needed and Pepe's switch from the left wing to the right, where Milos Krasic had disappointed, also seemed to have helped.

He tested Stefano Sorrentino with a curling left-footed shot from 25 yards as the Bianconeri started to attack with more insistence.

Del Piero made a decisive intervention at the other end of the field with a goal-line clearance as a combination of Pellissier and Stephan Lichtsteiner sent a Michael Bradley corner towards the Juve goal.

The Juve striker then went close again at the other end, volleying wide with the last real chance of the game.


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