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Juventus   3 - 1   Fulham

Nicola Legrottaglie celebrates after putting Juventus ahead
Nicola Legrottaglie celebrates after putting Juventus ahead

By Chris Bevan

Three first-half goals saw Juventus take command of their Europa League last-16 tie with Fulham, but Dickson Etuhu's goal gave the Cottagers hope.

Nicola Legrottaglie nodded the Italian side ahead from Diego's ninth-minute corner and Jonathan Zebina made it 2-0 with a fierce 25-yard strike.

Etuhu replied with a shot that took a huge deflection off Legrottaglie.

But David Trezeguet gave Juve breathing space for the second leg, reacting quickly after he had hit the post.

Fulham have rightly won plaudits, and caused plenty of surprises, during their progress in Europe this season but the defensive organisation that has been a hallmark of their displays was absent in the early stages at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.

Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson, who has spent time in Serie A with Inter Milan and Udinese during a long and successful managerial career, will have been disappointed with the manner in which Juve took the lead after just nine minutes.

After Trezeguet's clever flicked header was pushed around the post by Mark Schwarzer, Diego's corner was met by the leaping Legrottaglie, who rose unmarked to send a powerful header bouncing into the roof of the Fulham net.

Fulham did improve after going behind, but they rarely looked like levelling and a Simon Davies miscue from a smart Damien Duff pull-back was their only sight of goal in the opening half-hour.

Juve continued to look menacing, however, and their second goal on 25 minutes showed the quality in their ranks even if there were more question marks over the visitors' defending.

After good work by Antonio Candreva, who held the ball up on the edge of the area, Zebina rode Davies' weak challenge and slammed an unstoppable shot that flew past Schwarzer and went in off the far post.

At that stage, things looked grim for Fulham but they were soon back in the tie thanks to a huge slice of luck.

Davies lofted a free-kick into the box which fell for Etuhu, and the Nigerian midfielder swivelled to fire in a shot that took a massive deflection off Legrottaglie before rolling into the opposite corner.

Suddenly the Cottagers were rampant and they went close to levelling soon after, when Alex Manninger clawed away a Brede Hangeland header, then threatened again with shots from Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora.

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Given Fulham's impressive home record in Europe this season - they are unbeaten and have won five out of six matches - you fancied their chances of overturning a 2-1 scoreline at Craven Cottage.

So Hodgson will have been especially disappointed to see them concede again, from another corner, in first-half injury time after Schwarzer had done brilliantly to turn away Fabio Grosso's shot.

More poor marking allowed Trezeguet time first to fire a shot against the post, and then to smash the rebound back into the opposite corner.

That was the last action of a thrilling first half but the second period contained nothing like as much excitement.

Juventus appeared happy with their lead while Fulham, with an away goal in the bag, also seemed happy to shut up shop.

Diego's swerving low shot caused Schwarzer problems before the end and Vincenzo Iaquinta should have found the target with a late header for Juve, but that was as close as the game got to another goal.

It leaves Fulham with a huge, but not insurmountable task in west London next week - but their defending will have to improve markedly if their European adventure is to continue into the quarter-finals.

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Juventus 3-1 Fulham FT
(HT 3-1)
  • Legrottaglie 9
  • Zebina 25
  • Trezeguet 45+3
  • Etuhu 36

Juventus

  • 13 Manninger
  • 05 Cannavaro
  • 06 Grosso
  • 15 Zebina
  • 33 Legrottaglie yellow card
  • 07 Salihamidzic (Camoranesi 46)
  • 08 Marchisio
  • 18 C Poulsen (Sissoko 75)
  • 26 Candreva
  • 28 Diego
  • 17 Trezeguet (Iaquinta 62)

Substitutes

  • 41 Pinsoglio,
  • 21 Grygera,
  • 29 De Ceglie,
  • 16 Camoranesi,
  • 22 Sissoko,
  • 09 Iaquinta,
  • 10 Del Piero

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: MeyerAtt: 11,406
JUVENTUS
FULHAM

Possession

  • Juventus 55%
  • Fulham 45%

Attempts on target

  • Juventus 6
  • Fulham 6

Attempts off target

  • Juventus 9
  • Fulham 4

Corners

  • Juventus 4
  • Fulham 4

Fouls

  • Juventus 16
  • Fulham 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:13 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+0:12 Long range effort from Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the target.
  • 89:09 Corner taken by Mauro German Camoranesi from the right by-line, Vincenzo Iaquinta produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 89:00 Ribas Diego takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 87:42 Aaron Hughes fouled by Vincenzo Iaquinta, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 85:02 Damien Duff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Grosso. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Grosso.
  • 83:50 Fabio Cannavaro takes the free kick.
  • 83:50 Booking Jonathan Greening is cautioned.
  • 83:46 Jonathan Greening gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Candreva.
  • 83:23 The assistant referee signals for offside against Vincenzo Iaquinta. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:00 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Ribas Diego. Ribas Diego restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:12 Unfair challenge on Fabio Grosso by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Fabio Grosso takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:35 The offside flag is raised against Bobby Zamora. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Manninger.
  • 81:00 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening, Vincenzo Iaquinta manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:38 The offside flag is raised against Ribas Diego. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:12 Bobby Zamora is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Fabio Grosso.
  • 77:17 Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Alex Manninger takes the free kick.
  • 76:38 Chris Baird crosses the ball.
  • 76:04 Mauro German Camoranesi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
  • 74:30 Indirect free kick taken by Alex Manninger.
  • 74:30 Substitution Mohamed Sissoko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Poulsen.
  • 74:30 The referee blows for offside.
  • 73:39 The offside flag is raised against Vincenzo Iaquinta. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 72:20 Vincenzo Iaquinta produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 71:30 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Claudio Marchisio manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:22 The ball is swung over by Zoltan Gera, Nicola Legrottaglie gets a block in.
  • 71:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicola Legrottaglie on Bobby Zamora. Jonathan Greening takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:10 Clinton Dempsey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Alex Manninger.
  • 67:20 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance by Vincenzo Iaquinta.
  • 66:02 Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance by Fabio Cannavaro.
  • 66:02 Booking Booking for Nicola Legrottaglie for unsporting behaviour.
  • 65:52 Nicola Legrottaglie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera.
  • 65:24 Vincenzo Iaquinta challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:50 Christian Poulsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening. Jonathan Greening takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:28 The ball is delivered by Aaron Hughes, Zoltan Gera has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 61:28 Substitution Vincenzo Iaquinta is brought on as a substitute for David Trezeguet.
  • 61:28 Christian Poulsen challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 59:52 Substitution Simon Davies leaves the field to be replaced by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 59:43 The ball is crossed by Bobby Zamora.
  • 59:33 Bobby Zamora delivers the ball, Nicola Legrottaglie makes a clearance.
  • 58:06 The ball is crossed by Bobby Zamora, Header by Zoltan Gera from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 56:49 Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Save by Alex Manninger.
  • 56:00 Foul by Christian Poulsen on Dickson Etuhu, free kick awarded. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
  • 54:10 Corner taken by Mauro German Camoranesi from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Nicola Legrottaglie goes over the bar.
  • 54:01 Mauro German Camoranesi sends in a cross, blocked by Simon Davies.
  • 53:01 Bobby Zamora challenges Christian Poulsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Grosso takes the free kick.
  • 52:16 Chris Baird is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Alex Manninger.
  • 51:56 Ribas Diego concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Greening. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 51:42 Bobby Zamora crosses the ball, Nicola Legrottaglie makes a clearance.
  • 51:21 The ball is swung over by Claudio Marchisio, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 48:35 Foul by Christian Poulsen on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Aaron Hughes, save made by Alex Manninger.
  • 48:02 Ribas Diego has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 47:52 Bobby Zamora handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Nicola Legrottaglie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:21 Bobby Zamora is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Fabio Cannavaro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:51 Shot from outside the penalty box by Antonio Candreva goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mauro German Camoranesi on for Hasan Salihamidzic.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:49 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+2:53 GOAL - David TrezeguetJuventus 3 - 1 Fulham A goal is scored by David Trezeguet from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Juventus 3-1 Fulham.
  • 45:00+2:44 Shot from inside the six-yard box by David Trezeguet hits the post.
  • 45:00+2:26 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ribas Diego.
  • 45:00+2:10 Fabio Grosso has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Brilliant save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 44:57 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Alex Manninger makes a comfortable save.
  • 43:27 Ribas Diego is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:08 Bobby Zamora takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Alex Manninger.
  • 42:27 Christian Poulsen challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Konchesky crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 40:08 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Fabio Cannavaro, free kick awarded. Alex Manninger takes the free kick.
  • 39:23 Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Alex Manninger makes a save.
  • 38:55 Damien Duff takes a shot. Jonathan Zebina gets a block in.
  • 37:05 Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Claudio Marchisio. Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabio Grosso from left wing, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 35:41 GOAL - Dickson EtuhuJuventus 2 - 1 Fulham Goal scored by Dickson Etuhu from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Juventus 2-1 Fulham.
  • 35:02 Foul by Jonathan Zebina on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Simon Davies,
  • 32:49 Bobby Zamora challenges Fabio Cannavaro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Manninger.
  • 28:13 Claudio Marchisio takes a shot.
  • 27:40 Fabio Grosso produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 26:04 Fabio Grosso concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:18 GOAL - Jonathan ZebinaJuventus 2 - 0 Fulham A goal is scored by Jonathan Zebina from 30 yards to the bottom left corner of the goal. Juventus 2-0 Fulham.
  • 23:32 Effort on goal by David Trezeguet from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 22:42 Hasan Salihamidzic fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Zebina.
  • 21:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on Nicola Legrottaglie. Alex Manninger restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:28 Antonio Candreva challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:24 Effort from outside the penalty box by Antonio Candreva goes wide right of the goal.
  • 17:43 Handball decision goes against Zoltan Gera. Free kick taken by Antonio Candreva.
  • 17:16 Centre by Antonio Candreva, blocked by Aaron Hughes.
  • 15:37 Simon Davies takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
  • 12:41 Dickson Etuhu challenges Ribas Diego unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ribas Diego restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:57 Hasan Salihamidzic produces a cross.
  • 9:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Candreva by Dickson Etuhu. Fabio Grosso restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:05 Assist on the goal came from Ribas Diego.
  • 8:05 GOAL - Nicola LegrottaglieJuventus 1 - 0 Fulham Nicola Legrottaglie grabs a headed goal from close range. Juventus 1-0 Fulham.
  • 7:50 Corner taken by Ribas Diego from the right by-line,
  • 7:35 David Trezeguet takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 5:50 Paul Konchesky fouled by Antonio Candreva, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:41 Ribas Diego concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Greening. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:44 The assistant referee signals for offside against Bobby Zamora. Claudio Marchisio takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:57 Paul Konchesky delivers the ball, clearance by Nicola Legrottaglie.
  • 0:15 The offside flag is raised against Bobby Zamora. Fabio Grosso takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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