Juventus continued on their fabulous unbeaten run, which now stretches to 21 matches in all competitions, with one more league victory at Chievo’s Stadio Marc’Antionio Bentegodi.
Rolando Maran solely made two adjustments to his beginning lineup, which was a slight shock after Chievo’s latest 5-1 capitulation to Lazio – Polish Below-21 defender Pawel Jaroszynski and skilled Dario Dainelli each beginning. Juventus made 4 adjustments of their very own, with Mattia De Sciglio, Andrea Barzagli, Kwadwo Asamoah and Stefano Sturaro all recalled, whereas Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro and Blaise Matuidi took their locations on the bench.
The house facet began in a disciplined temper in entrance of their very own passionate followers, who had been producing a energetic ambiance, permitting their illustrious opponents to retain possession however solely as much as the ultimate third of the pitch. After a intelligent go by Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic to striker Douglas Costa, the Brazilian created the primary actual alternative of the match – curling a shot from the sting of the world narrowly over Stefano Sorrentino’s bar.
All of the guests’ good play was coming via Bosnian worldwide Pjanic as he tried to orchestra the play within the centre of the park along with his vary of passing, however Chievo continued to defend stubbornly with possibilities at a premium. Because the half progressed, the house facet had been visibly rising in confidence, retaining possession effectively and starting to ask questions on Juve’s defence – with out unduly troubling Wojciech Szczesny in objective.
Then an injection of impetus was given to the Italian champions within the 37th minute, Chievo’s Samuel Bastian was awarded a second yellow card for pulling again Asamoah as he broke down the left flank, the younger Belgian had obtained an earlier yellow for a unnecessary elbow.
Because the half drew to an in depth, Juventus continued to be much more comfy in possession with the extra man attempting to stretch the play from one facet of the pitch to the opposite, however unable to penetrate a defensive ‘yellow wall’ that remained content material to frustrate.
The second half began with the guests immediately on the entrance foot and exhibiting elevated urgency with their attacking intent. Vigorous wing play by Douglas Costa on the left flank within the 54th minute allowed Mario Mandzukic to shoot first time in direction of objective that drew a sensible save from Sorrentino, which he smothered on the second try.
Juventus had been now dominating, passing the ball faster and shifting the Chievo defence out of place to create area. Then within the 61st minute the house facet had been extremely all the way down to 9 males when Fabrizio Cacciatore was despatched off for dissent, exhibiting an entire lack of self-discipline for over protesting.
Le Zebra lastly broke the resistance within the 67th minute which their strain deserved, substitute Federico Bernardeschi pulled the ball again – after one other clever go from Pjanic – for the on dashing Sami Khedira to rifle house previous the helpless Sorrentino.
The Cacciatore’s sending off actually modified the sample of the match, they had been coping admirably with 10 males, the additional area and with the extra man despatched off was simply too engaging for Juventus to withstand as they teased and probed for the remainder of the match.
To their credit score Chievo defended resiliently and for all Juventus’ strain they merely refused to buckle as they had been encamped in their very own penalty space for sustained intervals of time. Ultimately within the 88th minute, Higuain headed within the second from a pleasant Costa cross to substantiate the victory.
Saturday evening’s win ensures Le Zebre quickly lead Serie A by two factors, with Napoli at house to Bologna on Sunday afternoon. Juve are subsequent in motion on Tuesday evening as they journey to play Atalanta within the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi remaining.