Del Piero Scores Stunner In Juve Rout

Juventus 4-0 Artmedia Petrzalka

Alessandro Del Piero scored a stunning goal as Juventus romped to a 4-0 win over Artmedia Petrzalka in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round in Turin.

Juventus dominated the match from start to finish, and in truth could have scored more goals, but they will go into the second leg in Bratislava with one foot already in the Group Stages.Mauro Camoranesi opened the scoring on six minutes, Del Piero added a second with a stunning long-shot (25), before Giorgio Chiellini scored a third before half time on 39 minutes with a powerful header.

Defender Nicola Legrottaglie completed the scoring in the 89th minute with another header to wrap up a perfect evening for the Italians.

Team News

The Bianconeri returned to Europe’s premier club competition after two years in the wilderness, and were keen to stamp down their authority against Slovakian champions Artmedia.

Juve were without a host of players for the match, with Cristiano Zanetti, Marco Marchionni, Claudio Marchisio and Dario Knezevic injured, and Pavel Nedved suspended. Sebastian Giovinco and Paolo De Ceglie are on Olympic duty. David Trezeguet partnered Alessandro Del Piero up-front, Christian Poulsen made his official debut in midfield, while Nicola Legrottaglie was preferred to another new signing Olof Mellberg at the back.

Pavol Farkaš was suspended for Artmedia after picking up a booking in the last round against Tampere United.

First Half

Juve made an aggressive start, forcing a succession of corners, and it took just six minutes for them to take the lead through Mauro Camoranesi.

The Italo-Argentine started the move, before taking advantage of Zdenek Grygera’s slip, and sweeping the ball past Lubos Kamenar.

Grygera’s involvement in this game was to be short and sweet, as just minutes later he was forced off with an injury, after colliding with Ales Urbanek. Strangely the Czech was replaced by forward Vincenzo Iaquinta, with Hasan Salihamidzic reverting to right back.

Juventus continued to dominate, and Trezeguet flicked the ball inches past the post as he stretched for a deflected cross. Debutant Poulsen then released Cristian Molinaro down the left, and the full back forced Kamenar to turn the ball around the post.

A second goal was coming, and it duly arrived on 25 minutes courtesy of a wonder goal from Del Piero. The Golden Boy interchanged with Trezeguet outside the area before letting fly with an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner like a ballistic missile. It was a truly exceptional strike.

Del Piero was in magical form, and he conjured up a delicious through ball for Iaquinta, but the former Udinese man wasted the opportunity with a heavy first touch. Nevertheless, five minutes before half time and Juventus made it 3-0. This time Chiellini got onto the scoresheet with a fierce header from six yards from Camoranesi’s cross.

Such was Juve’s dominance that it took until 90 seconds before the break for Buffon, who was playing the 500th club game of his career, to make his first save from Juraj Halenar.

Second Half

Into the second half, and the home side continued to attack. Poulsen unleashed a piledriver which was parried away by Kamenar.

Del Piero then produced another piece of inspirational skill, with a curling shot that finished just over the bar.

Trezeguet had the ball in the back of the net soon after, but it was ruled out as Camoranesi's cut back was deemed to have already gone out of play. It was a very tight call from the linesman.

Iaquinta went close on 62 minutes as he drilled in a shot from outside the area but it shaded the wrong side of the post and trickled out. Seconds later, Trezeguet slammed a half volley down into the ground which sailed just wide.

The tempo of the game began to slow just a touch, and Del Piero received a standing ovation when he was substituted on 72 minutes for Amauri.

Camoranesi demonstrated his inventiveness once again on 78 minutes by locating Trezeguet, but after turning his marker, the Frenchman hesitated in getting his shot away Branislav Fodrek recovered to steal the ball.

In the 89th minute Camoranesi did indeed get another assist as he crossed for Legrottaglie who headed past Kamenar to make it 4-0.

In injury time it could have been five as Kamenar spilled Iaquinta's low drive and Amauri dashed in for the rebound but ballooned his shot. The final whistle blew and Kamenar raced over to Buffon, whom he reportedly named his dog after, and swapped shirts with his idol.

Juventus had won the first leg in style and they are now as good as qualified for the Champions League group stages. The second leg in Bratislava takes place in two weeks.

Juventus: Buffon; Grygera (Iaquinta 16), Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Molinaro; Camoranesi, Sissoko, Poulsen, Salihamidzic; Del Piero (Amauri 72), Trezeguet

Artmedia Bratislava: Kamenar; Fodrek, Ciskovsky, Salata, Urbanek; Piroska (Obzera 46), Kozak, Velicky, Pedro; Pospech (Oravec 82), Halenar (Glever 68)

Goals: Camoranesi 7 (J), Del Piero 26 (J), Chiellini 39 (J), Legrottaglie 89 (J)

7′ [1 - 0] M. Camoranesi

26′ [2 - 0] A.D. Piero

39′ [3 - 0] G. Chiellini

90′ [4 - 0] N. Legrottaglie

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