Juventus Vs. Lecce, 2012 Serie A: Old Lady Lead Through Claudio Marchisio

The first half of this important match for Juventus didn't start off well. Barely five minutes into the game, Paolo De Ceglie, who fought so hard to win a spot in the defence, went up for a challenge and came down clutching his hamstring. He immediately signaled to the bench, with Martin Caceres coming on in his place.

But it wouldn't be long before Turin -- or at least, the bianconeri side of Turin -- was ecstatic once again. In the eighth minute, Claudio Marchisio put the Old Lady ahead with a header from an Andrea Pirlo cross. An excellent start to his 200th professional match.

Not content to let their fate rest on a 1-0 lead, Juventus immediately surged forward again, with Marchisio very nearly adding another minutes later. One of the best chances fell to Arturo Vidal. Marchisio turned two Lecce defenders inside out before sending the ball forward, where Vidal broke free, controlling the ball beautifully before sending his shot just inches wide.

Lecce might be playing to keep their spot in Serie A, but at the break, it's sure not looking like it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.