Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala help Juventus ease past Chievo
Juventus 3 - 0 Chievo

Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala help Juventus ease past Chievo

10/09/2017

Argentina stars Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala combined to steer Serie A champions Juventus to a 3-0 victory over Chievo in Turin.

The Bianconeri were dominant but wasteful across a first half in which Chievo midfielder Perparim Hetemaj gave them the lead through an unfortunate own goal.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri introduced Dybala from the bench following the break and the tricky forward inspired Higuain's fine finish before rubber-stamping the three points himself.

After dispatching Chievo, the Champions League finalists face the trickier prospect of a European curtain-raiser against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Juve flattered to deceive in their last league outing before the international break, a 4-2 comeback victory at Genoa, and so they needed to start convincingly here.

To that end Miralem Pjanic whipped in an early cross that Higuain pinged back into the box, only for the Chievo defence to clear.

Alessandro Gamberini stopped Higuain pulling the trigger when he was in a good position to score and the Argentinian soon set up Stefano Sturaro for a shot that flew well over the crossbar.

Juve got their opener in the 17th minute as Pjanic's free-kick to the near post confused Hetemaj, the Finn nodding the ball beyond Stefano Sorrentino in his panicked bid to clear the danger.

Chievo did not hang their heads, though, and Valter Birsa found Manuel Pucciarelli for a solid chance before teeing up Ivan Radovanovic for a drive that Wojciech Szczesny did well to parry.

Pjanic rattled the bar with a trademark rocket as the half-hour mark drew near and his new team-mate Blaise Matuidi tried to repeat the trick, instead fizzing the ball past a post.

Just before the break Pucciarelli got Szczesny working with a weak finish -- the Pole was making his Juve debut following a summer switch from Arsenal, thus affording Gianluigi Buffon a timely rest ahead of the Barca test to come.

Chievo remained bright and willing when play resumed -- until the 58th minute at least.

Substitute Dybala, on for the ineffective Douglas Costa, found Pjanic who slid the ball forward for Higuain to blast into the top corner.

Dybala then tried to make a more direct impact on the match by dribbling past the entire Chievo team, only falling short when the last man took the ball from his feet.

The scorer of the third goal looked predestined and indeed it was Dybala who scored it, the former Palermo man weaving his way past three yellow shirts before slotting past Sorrentino.

Related news

Napoli squeeze past SPAL

Napoli squeeze past SPAL

Napoli stayed one point ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A on Sunday after both teams won their ninth league games in a row, this time beating SPAL and Torino 1-0 respectively.

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured

Juventus climbed above Napoli with a 1-0 victory at Torino that maintains their pursuit of the Serie A title.

Inter Milan fall away to Genoa and into fourth place in Serie A

Inter Milan fall away to Genoa and into fourth place in Serie A

Inter Milan dropped to fourth place in Serie A after falling 2-0 at Genoa on Saturday.

Roma move up to third place with victory at Udinese

Roma move up to third place with victory at Udinese

Roma moved up to third in the Serie A table as second-half goals from Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti helped them to a 2-0 win at Udinese.

Yann Karamoh scores on first Serie A start to end Inter's winless run

Yann Karamoh scores on first Serie A start to end Inter's winless run

Yann Karamoh's first goal for Inter Milan settled their fraught 2-1 victory over nine-man Bologna at San Siro.

Napoli go top after thrashing Lazio

Napoli go top after thrashing Lazio

Napoli came from behind to produce a stunning 4-1 victory against Lazio to storm back to the top of the Serie A table.

Patrick Cutrone leads AC Milan to convincing win against SPAL

Patrick Cutrone leads AC Milan to convincing win against SPAL

Patrick Cutrone scored twice as AC Milan won 4-0 at SPAL to keep up their recent good form.

Juve win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR

Juve win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR

Juventus defeated Fiorentina 2-0 in Gianluigi Buffon's 500th league match for the club to leapfrog Napoli at the top of Serie A.

Diego Laxalt gives Genoa late winner to stun Lazio

Diego Laxalt gives Genoa late winner to stun Lazio

Diego Laxalt snatched a last-gasp victory for Genoa as Lazio fell further away from the title race with a 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

RELATED NEWS

Napoli squeeze past SPAL
Napoli 1 - 0 SPAL

Napoli squeeze past SPAL

Napoli stayed one point ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A on Sunday after both teams won their ninth league games in a row, this time beating SPAL and Torino 1-0 respectively.

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured
Torino 0 - 1 Juventus

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured

Juventus climbed above Napoli with a 1-0 victory at Torino that maintains their pursuit of the Serie A title.

Inter Milan fall away to Genoa and into fourth place in Serie A
Genoa 2 - 0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan fall away to Genoa and into fourth place in Serie A

Inter Milan dropped to fourth place in Serie A after falling 2-0 at Genoa on Saturday.

Roma move up to third place with victory at Udinese
Udinese 0 - 2 Roma

Roma move up to third place with victory at Udinese

Roma moved up to third in the Serie A table as second-half goals from Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti helped them to a 2-0 win at Udinese.

Yann Karamoh scores on first Serie A start to end Inter's winless run
Inter Milan 2-1 Bologna

Yann Karamoh scores on first Serie A start to end Inter's winless run

Yann Karamoh's first goal for Inter Milan settled their fraught 2-1 victory over nine-man Bologna at San Siro.

Napoli go top after thrashing Lazio
Napoli 4 - 1 Lazio

Napoli go top after thrashing Lazio

Napoli came from behind to produce a stunning 4-1 victory against Lazio to storm back to the top of the Serie A table.

Patrick Cutrone leads AC Milan to convincing win against SPAL
SPAL 0 - 4 AC Milan

Patrick Cutrone leads AC Milan to convincing win against SPAL

Patrick Cutrone scored twice as AC Milan won 4-0 at SPAL to keep up their recent good form.

Juve win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR
Fiorentina 0 - 2 Juventus

Juve win after Fiorentina have penalty revoked by VAR

Juventus defeated Fiorentina 2-0 in Gianluigi Buffon's 500th league match for the club to leapfrog Napoli at the top of Serie A.

Diego Laxalt gives Genoa late winner to stun Lazio
Lazio 1 - 2 Genoa

Diego Laxalt gives Genoa late winner to stun Lazio

Diego Laxalt snatched a last-gasp victory for Genoa as Lazio fell further away from the title race with a 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
Chelsea - Barcelona
Derby of the week
20:45
20/02/2018
Derby of the week
W 3.75    
   W 2.00
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
02-15-2018 09:00 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores