SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 31 Aug 2013 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 4 - 1 Lazio
Vidal 14, 26 (J), Klose 28 (L), Vucinic 49 (J), Tevez 80 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Arturo Vidal netted twice with Mirko Vucinic and Carlos Tevez as Juventus flattened Lazio 4-1 in Turin, but Hernanes got himself sent off.

This Serie A meeting came just two weeks after Juve hammered Lazio 4-0 at the Olimpico in the Italian Super Cup. Paul Pogba again replaced the injured Claudio Marchisio with Carlos Tevez partnering Mirko Vucinic, while Miroslav Klose was still looking for his first career goal against the Bianconeri.

Hernanes forced Gigi Buffon into an early save at the near post after just two minutes, but Juve took the lead with a fantastic goal.

Arturo Vidal sprung the offside trap on a Pogba ball over the top, keeping his cool to flick the finish past Marchetti with the outside of his right boot.

Buffon got fingertips to an Antonio Candreva strike and Lorik Cana’s header from the resulting corner was across the face of goal.

The Lazio defence could not get a handle on Vidal and he scored his second in the opening half-hour. The Chilean again snuck round the back, this time on to a Leonardo Bonucci pass, and stroked it past Marchetti with aplomb from seven yards.

However, Lazio got back into it within 90 seconds. Buffon only parried a Hernanes long-range effort and Klose was quickest to pounce on the rebound. It was his first career goal against the Old Lady.

Buffon also looked slightly shaky when turning a Stefan Radu effort round the post and punching away another Hernanes attempt, while a Candreva free kick whistled wide.

At the dawn of the second half, Vucinic added a third for Juventus. Once again Bonucci was the provider, his pass over the top allowing Vucinic to sneak up behind the defence and slip the delicate finish across Marchetti from a tight angle.

Hernanes made matters considerably worse for Lazio, as he received a foolish second yellow card for deliberate handball. He tried to jump for a cross in the Juve box and flailed at it with his arm.

The Biancocelesti were still shooting from distance and Buffon palmed away from Candreva, while Tevez just failed to get his third goal in as many games when his curler from the edge of the box cracked against the crossbar.

The former Manchester City striker did get his name on the scoresheet eventually with a precise finish, making the most of a Vucinic run to surprise Cana.


Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli (Ogbonna 84), Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Isla 79), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Vucinic (Quagliarella 81)
Lazio: Marchetti; Cavanda (Floccari 72), Novaretti, Cana, Radu; Gonzalez, Biglia (Ledesma 65), Hernanes, Lulic; Candreva; Klose (Ederson 81)
Ref: Tagliavento

Sent off: Hernanes 63 (L)