Arturo Vidal’s early goal and Giorgio Chiellini’s late header were enough to give Juventus a 2-0 win over Bologna.
Coach Antonio Conte made a host of changes for the Bianconeri’s clash at Renato Dell’Ara. Looking for their seventh win in a row, the Old Lady started with Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic leading the line in place of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. Angelo Ogbonna came in at the back in place of Leonardo Bonucci, whilst Mauricio Isla and Federico Peluso played as wing-backs.
The Rossoblu meanwhile, were looking like they wanted all three points with Panagiotis Kone, Alessandro Diamanti and Rolando Bianchi all starting.
From the off though, it was the visitors who were on the front-foot, pushing Stefano Pioli’s men back to the point where they were camped outside their own area. Opportunities however, were at a premium.
It wasn’t until the 10th minute that Juve had a shot on goal, but even then Quagliarella fired over the bar from 18 yards.
The anguish didn’t last long though, as on 13 minutes Vidal controlled a cross from Peluso, before shooting past Gianluca Curci from 12 yards.
The Turin team were playing well, but they were helped enormously by the naivety of the Bologna defence. Their three-man backline was struggling to cope with the late runs of the Juve midfield, and almost went 2-0 down, but Quagliarella fired wide from the edge of the area.
The hosts did, slowly, get back into the game, with Diamanti going close, first with a free kick, and then a rasping half-volley from 25 yards – Gianluigi Buffon was more than equal to both.
Going into the break though, Juventus were on top and looking relatively comfortable with a 1-0 lead.
After the interval, Conte’s team were quickly out of the blocks again. Fernando Llorente, who came on for the injured Vucinic, set up Claudio Marchisio inside the first two minutes, but the Italy international curled wide from the left-hand side of the box.
The Spaniard then went close himself on the hour mark, but after turning Cesare Natali, the former Athletic Bilbao man couldn’t beat the goalkeeper from close range.
Their profligacy almost cost the Old Lady however late on, as substitute Jonathan Cristaldo beat Angelo Ogbonna and swept a low effort past Buffon – it also went past the far post though.
With 90 minutes on the clock, the Bianconeri sealed the win as Carlos Tevez’s corner was headed in by Chiellini to seal the win.