Juventus defeat Empoli to open 10-point lead in Serie A
Juventus 2 - 0 Empoli

Juventus defeat Empoli to open 10-point lead in Serie A

26/02/2017

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 10 points with a 2-0 win over Empoli in Turin.

With Roma not in action until they head to the San Siro on Sunday evening to tackle Inter Milan, Massimiliano Allegri's men took full advantage as a second-half brace finally overcame the visitors, who are battling for points at the other end of the table.

Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic both saw first-half chances squandered before the Bianconeri finally made the breakthrough on 52 minutes.

Juan Cuadrado clipped the ball into the Empoli penalty area from the right, where Mandzukic arrived to send a point-blank header goalwards.

Lukasz Skorupski pushed the ball up onto the bar, only for it to then deflect back in off the unfortunate keeper for an own goal as he fell to the floor.

Juventus killed the game off with a second just after the hour mark, when Brazilian Alex Sandro spun Empoli defender Vincent Laurini to fire a low shot into the far corner.

Substitute Paulo Dybala thought he had tapped in a third soon after coming on, but the close-range effort was ruled out for offside against Higuain as he cut the ball back from a rebound.

Related news

Dybala injured as Juventus win at Cagliari, keep pace with Napoli

Dybala injured as Juventus win at Cagliari, keep pace with Napoli

Juventus remained within a point of Serie A leaders Napoli ahead of the winter break as Federico Bernardeschi's second-half strike secured a 1-0 win at Cagliari.

Leonardo Bonucci gives AC Milan victory over Crotone

Leonardo Bonucci gives AC Milan victory over Crotone

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Crotone -- although the Italy international knew little about it.

Inter Milan concede late to settle for draw with Fiorentina

Inter Milan concede late to settle for draw with Fiorentina

Giovanni Simeone scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Fiorentina fought back to draw 1-1 against Inter Milan at the Stadio Franchi.

Douglas Costa, Mandzukic ease Juventus into Coppa Italia semis

Douglas Costa, Mandzukic ease Juventus into Coppa Italia semis

Three-time defending champion Juventus beat city rival Torino 2-0 to reach the Coppa Italia semifinals on Wednesday.

Roma old boys Benatia, Pjanic and Szczesny star for Juventus in narrow win

Roma old boys Benatia, Pjanic and Szczesny star for Juventus in narrow win

Medhi Benatia's first-half strike was enough as Juventus beat Roma 1-0 in Serie A to move within a point of leaders Napoli.

Hamsik breaks Maradona's record as Napoli extend lead

Hamsik breaks Maradona's record as Napoli extend lead

Marek Hamsik became the top scorer in Napoli's history, breaking Diego Maradona's long-standing club record with the winner in a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday that extended their lead in Serie A to four points.

Inter Milan lose ground at the top as Sassuolo secure shock win

Inter Milan lose ground at the top as Sassuolo secure shock win

Inter Milan lost ground on Serie A league leaders Napoli ahead of the winter break as they lost 1-0 to Sassuolo.

AC Milan booed off pitch after 2-0 loss to Atalanta

AC Milan booed off pitch after 2-0 loss to Atalanta

AC Milan were booed off the pitch after falling to a second successive defeat, this time a 2-0 at home to Atalanta.

Dybala sends Juve into quarter-finals to face Torino

Dybala sends Juve into quarter-finals to face Torino

Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala scored his first goal for a month to send the titleholders on their way to a 2-0 win over Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and set up a quarter-final against neighbours Torino.

RELATED NEWS

Dybala injured as Juventus win at Cagliari, keep pace with Napoli
Cagliari 0 - 1 Juventus

Dybala injured as Juventus win at Cagliari, keep pace with Napoli

Juventus remained within a point of Serie A leaders Napoli ahead of the winter break as Federico Bernardeschi's second-half strike secured a 1-0 win at Cagliari.

Leonardo Bonucci gives AC Milan victory over Crotone
AC Milan 1 - 0 Crotone

Leonardo Bonucci gives AC Milan victory over Crotone

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Crotone -- although the Italy international knew little about it.

Inter Milan concede late to settle for draw with Fiorentina
Fiorentina 1 - 1 Inter Milan

Inter Milan concede late to settle for draw with Fiorentina

Giovanni Simeone scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Fiorentina fought back to draw 1-1 against Inter Milan at the Stadio Franchi.

Douglas Costa, Mandzukic ease Juventus into Coppa Italia semis
Juventus 2 - 0 Torino

Douglas Costa, Mandzukic ease Juventus into Coppa Italia semis

Three-time defending champion Juventus beat city rival Torino 2-0 to reach the Coppa Italia semifinals on Wednesday.

Roma old boys Benatia, Pjanic and Szczesny star for Juventus in narrow win
Juventus 1 - 0 Roma

Roma old boys Benatia, Pjanic and Szczesny star for Juventus in narrow win

Medhi Benatia's first-half strike was enough as Juventus beat Roma 1-0 in Serie A to move within a point of leaders Napoli.

Hamsik breaks Maradona's record as Napoli extend lead
Napoli 3 - 2 Sampdoria

Hamsik breaks Maradona's record as Napoli extend lead

Marek Hamsik became the top scorer in Napoli's history, breaking Diego Maradona's long-standing club record with the winner in a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday that extended their lead in Serie A to four points.

Inter Milan lose ground at the top as Sassuolo secure shock win
Sassuolo 1 - 0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan lose ground at the top as Sassuolo secure shock win

Inter Milan lost ground on Serie A league leaders Napoli ahead of the winter break as they lost 1-0 to Sassuolo.

AC Milan booed off pitch after 2-0 loss to Atalanta
AC Milan 0 - 2 Atalanta

AC Milan booed off pitch after 2-0 loss to Atalanta

AC Milan were booed off the pitch after falling to a second successive defeat, this time a 2-0 at home to Atalanta.

Dybala sends Juve into quarter-finals to face Torino
Juventus 2-0 Genoa

Dybala sends Juve into quarter-finals to face Torino

Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala scored his first goal for a month to send the titleholders on their way to a 2-0 win over Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and set up a quarter-final against neighbours Torino.

17/01/2018
01:00 | Katerina Siniakova v Elina Svitolina - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Kateryna Bondarenko - WTA Australian Open
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Jana Fett v Caroline Wozniacki - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Belinda Bencic v Luksika Kumkhum - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Denis Shapovalov v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - ATP Australian Open
04:00 | Joao Sousa v Marin Cilic - ATP Australian Open
04:00 | Rafa Nadal v Leonardo Mayer - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | Jelena Ostapenko v Duan Yingying - WTA Australian Open
08:45 | Nick Kyrgios v Viktor Troicki - ATP Australian Open
09:00 | Grigor Dimitrov v Mackenzie McDonald - ATP Australian Open
09:00 | Alize Cornet v Julia Goerges - WTA Australian Open
11:30 | Daria Gavrilova v Elise Mertens - WTA Australian Open
19:00 | Guingamp - Olympique Lyon
19:00 | Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
19:00 | Valencia - Alaves
20:45 | Chelsea - Norwich City
21:00 | Espanyol - Barcelona
21:00 | PSG - Dijon
18/01/2018
01:00 | Maria Sharapova v Anastasija Sevastova - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Johanna Konta v Bernarda Pera - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Caroline Garcia v Marketa Vondrousova - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Dominic Thiem v Denis Kudla - ATP Australian Open
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Garbine Muguruza v Hsieh Su-wei - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Tomas Berdych v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - ATP Australian Open
03:30 | Angelique Kerber v Donna Vekic - WTA Australian Open
04:00 | Karen Khachanov v Juan Martin del Potro - ATP Australian Open
04:00 | Novak Djokovic v Gael Monfils - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | David Goffin v Julien Benneteau - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | Ekaterina Alexandrova v Madison Keys - WTA Australian Open
07:00 | Peter Gojowczyk v Alexander Zverev - ATP Australian Open
09:00 | Simona Halep v Eugenie Bouchard - WTA Australian Open
09:00 | Ashleigh Barty v Camila Giorgi - WTA Australian Open
10:30 | Roger Federer v Jan-Lennard Struff - ATP Australian Open
10:30 | Stan Wawrinka v Tennys Sandgren - ATP Australian Open
21:30 | Leganes - Real Madrid
19/01/2018
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
20:30 | Hertha - Borussia Dortmund
20:45 | Caen - Olympique Marseille
20/01/2018
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
13:00 | Espanyol - Sevilla
13:30 | Brighton - Chelsea
15:30 | Hoffenheim - Bayer Leverkusen
16:00 | Arsenal - Crystal Palace
16:00 | Burnley - Manchester United
16:00 | Leicester City - Watford
16:15 | Atletico Madrid - Girona
18:30 | Villarreal - Levante
18:30 | Manchester City - Newcastle United
20:45 | Las Palmas - Valencia
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Arsenal - Chelsea
Derby of the week
21:00
23/01/2018
Derby of the week
W 2.80    
   W 3.50
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
11-01-2018 10:30 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores