TURIN - Bogey side Palermo
embarrassed Juventus 3-1 away on Thursday to leave the once
mighty Turin club at a new low ebb.
The visitors, without a Serie A win this term prior to the
game, were quickly ahead when skilful Argentine playmaker Javier
Pastore pounced after Marco Storari could only parry Mauricio
Pinilla's shot on two minutes.
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Highly-rated Pastore, who also hit a post, pulled the
strings all game and when Storari pushed away his fierce effort
in the second half, Josip Ilicic was on hand to score the
Cesare Bovo's 85th minute freekick then gave silent Juve
fans a familiar sinking feeling.
Vincenzo Iaquinta headed in late a consolation for the
hosts, who also hit the woodwork through evergreen forward
Alessandro Del Piero and had a good penalty appeal turned down.
Palermo have now won at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on their
last three visits and also beat Juve at home last term as the
twice European champions spiralled down to a shock seventh place
finish in Serie A.
The start of this season under new coach Luigi Del Neri has
been little better for Juve, who beat bottom side Udinese 4-0 on
Sunday but lacked quality throughout against Palermo with new
signings Milos Krasic, Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella all
flattering to deceive.
Juve, in the bottom half on four points from four games like
Palermo, spent big in the close season but fans fear Italy's
most successful domestic team have bought good rather than great
players who could struggle to reverse the club's decline since a
2006 match-fixing demotion.
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