Is the pressure of the title race starting to get to Juventus? It appears so as last night’s 1-1 draw with Bologna was Juve’s third success draw, the third 1-1 result. If Juve does not win the title this season they will look back at the 13 draws this season as they reason they are not champions.
This was a poor Juventus performance, especially in the first-half when Bologna went ahead through a Marco Di Vaio goal in the 17th minute. They were slightly better in the second half and when Mirko Vucinic scored in the 59th minute to tie things up I expected the Bianconeri to go on an win the match.
But Juve struggled to get going as they did against Milan at the San Siro and are still suffering from the same old problems in attack: Borrielo spurned another opportunity given to him by Conte and the defence suffered on the counter attack, as Bonucci got sent off.
Elsewhere Sebastian Giovinco earned and converted a late penalty to hand Parma a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Fiorentina. The visitors looked to be heading for their second win on the road this season when they led 2-1 late on but Fiorentina’s Mattia Cassani held Giovinco in the area and the referee immediately blew his whistle and pointed to the spot.
Stefano Okaka had scored the first goal of the game for the hosts in the 28th minute but Fiorentina’s Matja Nastasic equalised on the hour mark. Alessio Cerci put the visitors ahead before the late penalty drama.
In the day’s other game, 10-man Cesena held Catania to a goalless draw. Cesena defender Daniel Pudil was sent off for dissent after 21 minutes but the visitors failed to capitalise and had to settle for a point. Catania came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 71st minute when Pablo Barrientos hit the post.