Paul Pogba scored one goal and created another as Serie A leaders Juventus beat Chievo 2-0. The former Manchester United midfielder unlocked a tense battle in Turin with a well-struck opener on the hour mark before helping Stephan Lichtsteiner tuck away a second in the 74th minute. The victory boosts Massimiliano Allegri's men eight points clear of second-placed Roma ahead of the capital club's Sunday night meeting with Fiorentina. Chievo did remarkably well to keep Juve at bay during the first half as the reigning Italian champions threw everything they could at the visitors. Arturo Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini both went close from good positions in the opening exchanges and just before 15 minutes, Carlos Tevez launched a right-footed drive straight down Albano Bizzarri's throat. Italy defender Chiellini rose higher than anybody to direct another header towards the Chievo goal before the Flying Donkeys bit back, Alessandro Gamberini just missing the mark following a free-kick. Alvaro Morata soon connected with Martin Caceres' cross to send a deflected header wide of a post. The momentum would slip away from Juve from the 38th minute as a clash between Patrice Evra and Nicolas Frey left the Chievo defender bloodied, thus prompting a lengthy break in play. The Bianconeri siege continued when play resumed with Claudio Marchisio trying to surprise Bizzarri and Vidal fizzing the ball past the target having been put through by Evra. Juve finally made the breakthrough on the stroke of 60 minutes as Pogba touched the ball past Isaac Cofie with his right foot before baffling Bizzarri with a stunning finish off the laces of his left boot. Less than 15 minutes later the French midfielder would turn provider for the hosts' second. More dribbling magic delivered Pogba into a position to slot home comfortably but, after Bizzarri repelled his half-volley, Lichtsteiner stole in to flick home the loose ball. Juve were now content to run down the clock with three more points seemingly sewn up yet their clean sheet was nearly spoiled as Ezequiel Schelotto beat Gianluigi Buffon – but not the post – at the death.
Football SERIE A