Casting the mind back is a useful thing to do, even enjoyable if the memories are pleasant. To remind ourselves of inspirational moments ahead of Saturday’s game against Lazio – and also for a bit of fun – we have created a small quiz on our official Facebook page: starting with a simple photo, you must work out which game it refers to and the identity of the player.
Corrado Grabbi raises his arm to the sky and rushes towards his team-mates. The youngster had just scored his first and only goal for the Bianconeri, in the second of four games played with Juventus. He would later return to the club as a youth team coach, a role he still occupies to this day.
11 December 1994. There are many reasons as to why this particular encounter between Juventus and Lazio will live long in the memory. Firstly, the three points saw Juve go clear at the top of the table after a long head-to-head tussle with Parma. Then there was the game itself, a spectacular end-to-end affair played out amid high drama in the cauldron of the Stadio Olimpico. And finally, the injury-ravaged Bianconeri went into the clash without experienced campaigners Roberto Baggio and Gianluca Vialli – handing Fabrizio Ravanelli and a young Alessandro Del Piero the responsibility of leading the line, with Primavera striker Grabbi included amongst the substitutes.
Roberto Rambaudi put Lazio in front after 20 minutes and the visitors appeared to be struggling. However, Biancocelesti defender Roberto Cravero was given his marching orders and Juve grew in stature. Alessandro Del Piero controlled an awkward, bouncing ball in the area and stretched to toe-poke home on 37 minutes. And the Bianconeri went ahead shortly after the interval, with Giancarlo Marocchi sliding in at the back post to connect with Conte’s low cross. Del Piero then set off on a mazy, weaving run, taking on several men before bursting into the box and slamming the ball into the top corner. An incredible moment of brilliance. It would also prove to be a memorable night for Grabbi, who was played through on the counter and kept his cool to net goal number four. The three-goal cushion allowed Juventus to hold off a late Lazio revival which saw the game finish 4-3. It was only December, but the Bianconeri’s battling display against the odds confirmed them as serious title contenders.