SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, March 5, 2012
Michael Bradley put in 90 minutes of work in Chievo Verona's midfield as they got a second-half goal to split the spoils against Juventus in Saturday Serie A action.
After logging a full day's work on Wednesday in national team duty against Italy, Bradley returned to the midfield of head coach Mimmo di Carlo's starting 11.
The guests from Verona were punished in the 18th minute as Giorgio Chiellini got onto Andrea Pirlo's cross to rattle the woodwork of Paolo Sorrentino's goal. After deflecting off the post, Paolo de Ceglie needed do nothing more than redirect with his head to give the favorites the early lead.
Chievo, however, displayed the resiliency that has helped them solidify themselves in the middle of the Serie A standings by continuing to play to their strengths of counter attacking and resolute defending.
Chievo was grabbed an equalizer in the 76th minute, when Boukary Dramé whipped in a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, which beat Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon. Leonardo Bonucci had a chance to clear off the line, but failed to do so, and instead deflected it into his own goal.
The point gives Chievo 34 points, nine above the relegation zone. Bradley and Chievo host Inter on Friday.