I wonder if Bianconeri fans still hate Marco Borriello?
With Milan winning a couple of hours earlier thanks to Kevin-Prince Boateng, the two clubs were again level in the race for lo Scudetto. This was before Juventus’ trip to Cesena, where defeat would see the Cavallucci Marini mathematically relegated from Serie A. Again the pressure was on la Vecchia Signora, but on a seven game winning streak (and still unbeaten) they knew they could handle it. However, after a missed penalty by Andrea Pirlo and a number of missed chances it looked like it would not be Juve’s day. Antonio Conte then decided to throw on the duo of Alessandro Del Piero and Borriello. Since his arrival Borriello has been the brunt of protests and derision from the Juventus fans. Seen as man only interested in a pay-check, he has been accused of being lazy and wasteful, and perceived as caring more for women and his hairstyles. Late in the game Borriello was again given a chance by his coach who has stuck by his decision to sign him. In the 80th minute he latched onto a knockdown and half-volleyed in the net. All game Francesco Antonioli had been denying the Bianconeri, but this time he was beaten by the man with no goals this season (and it was quite a good finish). With one strike, Borriello both condemned Cesena to Serie B, and keep Juve in a position of advantage in the Scudetto race. After goal he immediately ran to Conte as the whole team joined the celebrations:

“I owe everything to Conte. My physical condition wasn’t great when I arrived, but I’m good now and I want to prove my worth. In the meantime, I’m just enjoying being part of a fantastic squad of players, a group who have always loved me. The way they all celebrated with me at the end of the game filled my heart.
It’s too soon to celebrate. We now have to face Novara in a difficult game. They have just beaten Lazio and they certainly won’t be demotivated … I knew that I would score and I said that to my teammates on the bench. But there is no time to celebrate as Novara are next.”

I wonder if Bianconeri fans still hate Marco Borriello?

With Milan winning a couple of hours earlier thanks to Kevin-Prince Boateng, the two clubs were again level in the race for lo Scudetto. This was before Juventus’ trip to Cesena, where defeat would see the Cavallucci Marini mathematically relegated from Serie A. Again the pressure was on la Vecchia Signora, but on a seven game winning streak (and still unbeaten) they knew they could handle it. However, after a missed penalty by Andrea Pirlo and a number of missed chances it looked like it would not be Juve’s day. Antonio Conte then decided to throw on the duo of Alessandro Del Piero and Borriello. Since his arrival Borriello has been the brunt of protests and derision from the Juventus fans. Seen as man only interested in a pay-check, he has been accused of being lazy and wasteful, and perceived as caring more for women and his hairstyles. Late in the game Borriello was again given a chance by his coach who has stuck by his decision to sign him. In the 80th minute he latched onto a knockdown and half-volleyed in the net. All game Francesco Antonioli had been denying the Bianconeri, but this time he was beaten by the man with no goals this season (and it was quite a good finish). With one strike, Borriello both condemned Cesena to Serie B, and keep Juve in a position of advantage in the Scudetto race. After goal he immediately ran to Conte as the whole team joined the celebrations:

“I owe everything to Conte. My physical condition wasn’t great when I arrived, but I’m good now and I want to prove my worth. In the meantime, I’m just enjoying being part of a fantastic squad of players, a group who have always loved me. The way they all celebrated with me at the end of the game filled my heart.

It’s too soon to celebrate. We now have to face Novara in a difficult game. They have just beaten Lazio and they certainly won’t be demotivated … I knew that I would score and I said that to my teammates on the bench. But there is no time to celebrate as Novara are next.”

Source: calcio.fanpage.it

The Late Show

Several late goals changed the complexion of a number of Serie A games.

Drawing 1-1 against Lazio, substitute Alessandro Del Piero celebrated his 700th game for la Vecchia Signora with style. Still no sign of a new contract, ADP is doing his best to put pressure on the Juve board. Following Milan’s tough win at Chievo, Juventus were second again in the league, that is until il Pinturicchio found the net in the 82nd minute with a trademark freekick to maintain the Bianconeri’s one point lead over Milan.

In the fight for third spot Roma & Inter left it late to capitalise on Lazio’s slip up. After falling foul of an early Gaetano D’Agostino goal Inter had to fight for the victory. Following his equaliser, il Principe Diego Milito converted a penalty in the 81st minute to secure three points against Siena. With Milito’s 17th goal since New Year, the Nerazzuri remain 7th in Serie A, but more importantly, only six points off Lazio. Meanwhile Roma also took advantage of late goals to break a stalemate against Champions League rivals Udinese. In the 86th minute Francesco Totti broke the deadlock, quickly to be followed by a goal from the Brazilian Marquinho in stoppage time. With Roma only four points from their city rivals, the five teams contesting 3rd spot are separated by only six points.

In the relegation battle Serse Cosmi’s Lecce are slowly edging towards survival. Still 18th they are now only two points from 17th placed Genoa (who have not won for 2 months). With Adrian Mutu equalising for Cesena in the 75th minute against the Grifone, Lecce had the perfect opportunity to gain more ground on Genoa. Despite losing 1-0 to away to Catania with 88 minutes played, Lecce somehow managed to escape with all three points thanks to very late goals from Daniele Corvia and David Di Michele (midfielder Franceso Lodi had to play as goalkeeper for the final two minutes after Juan Pablo Carrizo was sent off after Corvia’s goal). With Cosmi doing an excellent job at the Salentini, they are looking increasing likely to (hopefully) beat the drop to Serie B, with Genoa, Fiorentina and Bologna all coming perilously close!