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Solid Juventus seal progress

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET
Real Sociedad 0-0 Juventus FC Real dominate but Juventus hold firm to go through from Group D.

Match statistics

Real SociedadJuventus

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners13
 
3
Offsides8
 
6
Fouls committed19
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET

Solid Juventus seal progress

Real Sociedad 0-0 Juventus FC Real dominate but Juventus hold firm to go through from Group D.

Juventus FC joined Real Madrid CF in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League last 16 with two games to go - but only after drawing a match dominated by Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

Superb defence
Real held a ten-year, 100 per cent European record at their Anoeta stadium, but despite pinning Juventus deep in their own half for virtually all of the game, the Italian champions produced a superb defensive performance. With Olympiacos CFP defeating Galatasaray SK 3-0 in the other Group D game, a point proved enough for last season's beaten finalists.

Six Juve changes
Both sides rang the changes from Juve's 4-2 win against Real in Turin a fortnight ago. However, while Real coach Raynald Denoueix had "a complete squad" and was able to bring back right-back Aitor López, left-sided midfield player Javier De Pedro and striker Nihat Kahveci, Marcello Lippi was forced into six changes to the team that beat Real. Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram, Gianluca Zambrotta, Enzo Maresca and Salvatore Fresi were all out injured, so Gianluca Pessotto, Alessandro Birindelli and Ciro Ferrara started in defence, Antonio Conte and Edgar Davids in midfield, while Fabrizio Miccoli came in for Trezeguet up front.

Buffon in form
It was Real who were most in need of the points, and from the start they pushed forward, dominating almost all of the first half only to be continually frustrated by Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal. On 12 minutes, he gathered a low Nihat free-kick, and soon afterwards produced a magnificent diving save when the Turkish forward twisted and shot inside the area.

Westerveld saves
At the other end Sander Westerveld was alert to pick up a Marco Di Vaio cross after he cut into the Real box. Then Buffon was back in action to deny Darko Kovacevic after an angled shot. The Italian goalkeeper then stooped bravely to stop a Agustín Aranzabal cross at Kovacevic's feet, and the one time he was beaten, from a De Pedro cross, no Real player could apply a touch as the ball zipped across goal.

Miccoli effort
Towards the end of the half Juventus did force two good chances, Mark Iuliano heading off target from a narrow angle following a Pavel Nedved free-kick, and Miccoli forcing Westerveld into a spectacular save with a strong shot. But Real soon reasserted control, but even their ninth corner of the period could not produce a goal as Nihat headed over.

Iuliano saving tackle
After the break Juventus showed a new steel in midfield, and began briefly to have the better of the match. Miccoli shot wide ten minutes into the half, though Kovacevic had an effort blocked following a counterattack not long afterwards. Real began to press, but on the hour Kovacevic was denied as he collected Xabi Alonso's through-ball and rounded Buffon, only for Iuliano to race back and make a saving tackle.

No way through
The pressure continued, though, and Buffon made a point-blank save as Nihat turned and shot from the left-hand side of the area. However, Real remained unable to find a way through Juve's strong defence and offside trap, and Nedved almost produced a sucker-punch as he ran and shot from 20 metres out, but Westerveld was on hand to save.

Important intervention
Antonio Conte made a crucial tackle on Kovacevic only five metres from goal, but Real ran out of time, and the news then came through from Greece that Juventus were through. Real, meanwhile, are only one win away from progression themselves in their first Champions League campaign.

Last updated: 06/11/03 1.21CET

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Lineups

real sociedad

Real Sociedad

juventus

Juventus

25
WesterveldSander Westerveld (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
3
AranzabalAgustín Aranzabal (C)
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
Yellow Card12
4
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
5
TudorIgor Tudor
Yellow Card52
6
SchürrerGabriel Schürrer
Yellow Card34
7
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution69
7
JauregiIgor Jauregi
8
ConteAntonio Conte (C)
Yellow Card39
Substitution82
8
KarpinValeri Karpin
9
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
10
De PedroJavier De Pedro
Substitution75
13
IulianoMark Iuliano
14
AitorLópez Aitor
15
BirindelliAlessandro Birindelli
15
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
20
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
Substitution76
18
AlkizaBittor Alkiza
26
DavidsEdgar Davids
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

1
AlbertoLópez Alberto (GK)
12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
2
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
3
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Substitution82
11
AranburuMikel Aranburu
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
12
Xabi PrietoXabi Prieto
18
AppiahStephen Appiah
Substitution69
19
Lee Chun SooLee Chun Soo
Substitution75
23
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
21
De PaulaÓscar De Paula
24
OliveraRuben Olivera
22
PotillonLionel Potillon
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta
Substitution76

Coach

Raynald Denoueix (FRA) Marcello Lippi (ITA)

Referee

Stéphane Bre (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Eric Ortega (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Ruffray (FRA)

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