Siena Vs. Juventus: Final Score 1-2, Marchisio Rescues All Three Points For Juve

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Goals from Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio bookended a header by Emanuele Calaiò, giving Juventus a 2-1 victory.

Juventus looked shaky at times during their trip to Siena, but in the end, they came away with all three points. Claudio Marchisio's volley in the 85th minute gave the visitors a 2-1 victory.

The first half started off brightly for the home side, as the robur charged toward goal. Angelo set up Alessandro Rosina, but the attacker sent his shot straight at Gigi Buffon. Perhaps Rosina would have thought a bit more if he'd known what was about to transpire.

Thirteen minutes in, Mirko Vučinić executed a tricky little turn, leaving the ball free for Sebastian Giovinco, who was taken out by Felipe. Paolo Mazzoleni showed yellow -- fairly -- and it was, of course, Andrea Pirlo that stepped up to take the free kick. Rather than send in a curler, he kept the shot low, letting it wriggle under the jumping Siena players and into the back of the net.

Siena missed another chance to open their scoring in the 23rd minute. Zé Eduardo and Emanuele Calaiò passed their way through the Juventus defence, but the latter's shot didn't even trouble Gigi Buffon as it rolled wide of the post.

At about thirty minutes in, the match started to disintegrate. The Stadio Artemio Franchi roared its displeasure when Giorgio Chiellini, already on a yellow, hauled down Felipe, not even touching the ball as he did so. The defender should have been sent off, but Mazzoleni only gave a free kick.

Ten minutes later, Luca Marrone shoved Calaiò in the back, but was rewarded moments later with his own free kick, taken out by Massimo Paci. This time, Pirlo managed to hit the crossbar with a stunning strike.

After such lopsided refereeing, is there really any wonder that Serse Cosmi gave an earful to the officials? The Siena coach was sent off, but it seemed to be exactly what the side needed. Minutes later, Angelo tore off down the right, sending his cross over to Calaiò. The forward got behind Paolo De Ceglie to head in the equaliser just before the halftime whistle.

It was really no surprise, then, that Kwadwo Asamoah replaced De Ceglie at the start of the second half. What may have been smarter was to replace Chiellini, who didn't have, shall we say, his best match. In fact, Buffon was forced to push away his header to prevent him from scoring for Siena.

With just a little over ten minutes left to play, the home side wasted, once again, the opportunity to take the lead. Within ten seconds, Calaiò and Rosina, both unmarked by the Juventus defence, tried their luck at Buffon's goal. Both headers went wide.

Juventus made Siena pay for their mistakes in the 85th minute. Ribair Rodríguez failed to adequately clear a corner, and Marchisio took advantage, volleying in the goal that gave Juve all three points. And so the Old Lady sit alone at the top of the table once more -- but will that last through the weekend?

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