Ex Di Vaio heaps misery on Juve

Posted By: Pti

Rome, Feb 27 (AFP) Marco Di Vaio came back to haunt hisformer employers as he bagged a brace in Bologna''s shock 2-0win at Juventus.

Still reeling from their defeat by the same scoreline atlowly Lecce last week, Juve yesterday failed to heed coachLuigi Delneri''s warning that they needed to show an improvedattitude if they are to succeed.

Despite having the better of the game, hitting the postand having a shot cleared off the line, Juventus fell to apair of strikes from former striker Di Vaio.

It was sweet revenge for the veteran forward who spenttwo years at Juve but never managed to cement a regularstarting berth.

For the hosts it is now six defeats in their last 10league matches and their hopes of qualifying for the ChampionsLeague, or even the Europa League, next season are quicklyslipping away.

They were unsurprisingly jeered from the field by theirown fans. Juve had by far the better of a dull first period.

Bologna goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano was first called intoaction inside the first 10 minutes as he had to punch aninswinging corner off his line.

On 14 minutes Giorgio Chiellini won a 50-50 challenge andteed up Alessandro Matri, but the forward got his sightsmuddled up and curled his shot well wide.

Felipe Melo tried his luck from outside the box withViviano pushing the ball away and then getting up quickly tosmother Vincenzo Iaquinta''s rushed follow-up.

Iaquinta came closest to breaking the deadlock justbefore the break as a ricochet luckily fell to him but hisbobbled effort came back off the post.

Having shown nothing in terms of attacking threat in thefirst half, Bologna took a shock lead four minutes into thesecond. Di Vaio ran onto an opportunist ball over the top,shrugged off a weak challenge from Andrea Barzagli and thentoe-poked the ball over the onrushing Marco Storari underpressure from Chiellini.

Juve''s response wasn''t exactly pulsating but they shouldhave equalised just past the hour mark, only for LeonardoBonucci to fail to make firm contact with Alessandro DelPiero''s free-kick from two yards out, allowing Viviano to diveon the ball.

And on 66 minutes Di Vaio made them pay again as hepounced on Riccardo Meggiorini''s back-heel and beat Bonucciand Zdenek Grygera before shooting inside Storari''s near post.

Suddenly Juve started to push and Barzagli sent a volleyjust wide while Bonucci won a header that he also sent thewrong side of the upright.

Six minutes from time Luca Toni looked to have scored forJuve as he turned home Simone Pepe''s cross from six yards butDaniele Portanova somehow cleared the ball off the line whilefalling backwards. (AFP) PM

Story first published: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 9:15 [IST]
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