19th placed Cesena scored twice against league leaders and current champions Juventus. Milan Đurić and Franco Brienza scored the goals for the hosts to claim a famous points against the Bianconeri. Álvaro Morata and Claudio Marchisio got the goals for the visitors.
Juventus failed to go nine points clear this evening, playing out a entertaining 2-2 draw with Cesena at the Dino Manuzzi. Milan Đurić and Grégoire Defrel caused so many problems for the Juventus defense tonight with the former showing his strength and the latter using his explosive pace and directness to good effect.
This is how the teams lined:
Cesena’s XI: Leali; Perico (Nica 60′), Lucchini, Krajnc, Renzetti; Ze Eduardo, De Feudis, Giorgi (Carbonero 83′); Brienza; Defrel, Djuric (Rodriguez 83′)
Juventus’s XI: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Evra; Pogba (Pereyra 74), Pirlo, Marchisio; Vidal (Coman 88′); Llorente (Pepe 88′), Morata
Ref: Carmine Russo
Goalscorers: Đurić 17′, Brienza 70′ (Cesena) & Morata 27′, Marchisio 33′ (Juventus)
Venue: Stadio Dino Manuzzi
Gigi Buffon was on hand early on for the visitors to prevent the seahorses from taking the lead, Cesena started the more aggressive team. The Juventus legend stopped Grégoire Defrel from scoring at his near post. Defrel had another chance for the hosts, a much more glorious one than the first. Leonardo Bonucci’s first touch led for Defrel to collect the ball however he couldn’t make the most of his chance as once again Buffon prevented him from opening the scoring, this time in a one-on-one scenario.
Again Buffon was called into action this time saving Ze Eduardo’s tame effort. Cesena finally took the lead however through Milan Đurić after 17 minutes. Andrea Pirlo misplaced a pass leading Defrel to break, the 23 year old found Đurić in the box who coolly slotted his effort past the impressive Buffon, who was finally beaten. This was only the fifth goal Juventus have conceded away from home this season, a remarkable feat. Prior to the goal however Fernando Llorente would be kicking himself as he missed a free header which was looking costly.
However Juventus didn’t feel sorry for themselves and equalized not so long after. Paul Pogba’s brilliant ball found it’s way to the young Spaniard Álvaro Morata who headed in from six yards out to make it all square at the Dino Manuzzi.
The Bianconeri completed the turn around soon after when Morata’s flick-on found it’s way to the on-rushing Claudio Marchisio who made it 2-1 to the Old Lady. It was only the Italians second goal of the season but it was also a joyous occasion striking on his 200th appearance for Juventus in Serie A. Just before the break Pirlo tried to make it 3-1 but his effort just went wide.
After the interval, the Seahorses started off brightly against the league leaders. Defrel, who was a menace throughout the evening, tormenting the Juventus back-line saw his effort go sailing over. He was again causing problems when he flashed the ball across the face of goal with Đurić just unable to get the decisive touch.
Franco Brienza attempted to equalize for the hosts in dramatic fashion. His left-footed half-volley just going over Gigi Buffon’s net. However not so long after Brienza did equalize for the Cavallucci Marini. Đurić’s knock down teed up Brienza who unleashed a terrific strike with the outside of his left boot going past Gigi Buffon, right in the bottom corner.
Đurić was attempting to make it three goals and three points for the hosts. He controlled a lump up field, out-muscling Leonardo Bonucci as a result before scuffing his strike straight at Buffon.
With eight minutes remaining the team from Turin had a chance to claim all three points when they were awarded a penalty. Marchisio’s cross found it’s way to Llorente who controlled magnificently and was brought down by Stefano Lucchini, he also handled Llorente’s overhead kick in the same move. So a penalty on two fronts. The Chilean Arturo Vidal stepped up and hit the spot-kick wide, his penalty miss against Olympiacos still fresh in his mind.
After the game Juventus boss, Max Allegri had a few words to say to Sky Sport Italia:
“We didn’t get into the right mood for this game. Cesena are in good shape, attack opponents and on a synthetic turf the ball moves quickly. If you are not reactive, it becomes difficult,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We weren’t quick enough to react and get the ball. Cesena won many challenges and that says a lot about the game.
“After a while we tried to control rather than seek the third goal, then when we had the chance we missed the penalty.”