Every once in a while soccer brings out the best and goals of the year are scored. Seldom is there a goal scored without a shoe. The Serie A encounter between Juventus and Fiorentina, which Juventus won with two goals, did just that.
Juventus, in a walk through the park, in the first half, scored two goals to clinch the match 2-0. The second goal, which was scored just prior to the halftime whistle came with a bit of classy showmanship. Alessandro Matri's goal, which was as surprising to him as anyone else, was scored after he lost his boot prior to receiving a pass.
Arturo Vidal, who muscled his way past two Fiorentina players, spotted Alessandro Matri inside the box and passed the ball to him. Matri moving onto the ball, lost his shoe just as the pass reached him. This didn't deter him from scoring. With his only his sock on his foot, Matri moved the ball easily into the net, falling backward at the completion of the shot.
Fiorentina opened the match with lively play in the first fifteen minutes, with Juventus sitting back and eying the situation. The first opportunity for the visitors came two minutes into the match, Juan Cuadrado moved up the right side, passing the ball to Stevan Jovetic. Unfortunately Jovetic was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, sending the ball high into the air and missing the target. This continued to be the scene for Fiorentina.
Fioritina had at least two more scoring chances, but was unable to capitalize before Juventus came alive. In the 20th minute Juventus scored its first goal. A shot fired just outside the area by Vucinic. Fiorentina's keeper Emiliano Viviano found himself screened by Gonzalo Rodríguez and was unable to stop the powerful shot.
The second Juventus goal, netted by Matri without his shoe, came just before the half, giving Juventus a 2-0 halftime lead.
While Juventus's 2-0 victory may not look like a rout, it didn't flatter Fiorentina. Juventus came close a few times in the second half, but in the end had to settle for the 2-0 victory.
Juventus will play Celtic next in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday 12 February.
Line Up:Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Peluso, Luca Marrone, Andrea Barzagli, Paolo De Ceglie (Martin Caceres 60), Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Mirko Vucinic (Sebastian Giovinco 62), Alessandro Matri (Paul Pogba 75)
Fiorentina: Emiliano Viviano, Facundo Roncaglia, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Stefan Savic (Nenad Tomovic 46), Juan Cuadrado, Romulo, David Pizarro, Borja Valero, Manuel Pasqual, Stevan Jovetic (Adem Ljalic 74), Luca Toni (Mounir El Hamdaoui 57)