Juventus have made it two league wins out of two with a comfortable 4-1 victory over ten-man Lazio at the Juventus Stadium.
Arturo Vidal’s double had the champions in full control despite Miroslav Klose pulling a goal back for Lazio mid-way through the first half.
Mirko Vucinic added to Juve’s lead in the 49th minute and Hernanes’ sending off 14 minutes later made it easy for the home side to grab another goal through Carlos Tevez.
It was the away side who started better and could have been in front inside two minutes. Giorgi Chiellini failed to clear Antonio Candreva’s weak cross and the ball to Hernanes on the edge of the box. The Brazilian swung his left foot at the shot and it took a good save from Gianluigi Buffon to tip the ball around the post.
The chance sparked Juventus and the passes became much slicker. They got their first goal in the 14th minute and it was a well-worked effort. After a number of passes across midfield and defence, Paul Pogba picked out Vidal with a superb dinked pass and the Chile international expertly controlled and finished, sending Federico Marchetti the wrong way from ten yards out.
The away side knew they had to try and hit back quickly to stop Juventus from pulling away in the game and Candreva’s 25-yard strike was very powerful but Buffonmade a great diving save. From the corner, Lorik Cana climbed highest in the box, but his header went flying across the face of the goal and inches wide.
The reigning Serie A champions did pull two goals clear in the 26th and it was another classy finish from Vidal. Leonardo Bonucci’s long-range pass split the Lazio defence wide open and Vidal swept in to bring the ball down and poke the ball into the far corner to the delight of the bouncing home fans. The game looked to be out of Lazio’s hands, but they did pull a goal back just two minutes later.
Hernanes let fly with a hopeful shot from 30 yards that had plenty of power and Buffon failed to hold the ball, meaning Klose could nip in to tap home from six yards. It was a typically lethal finish from the German and marked his first career goal against Juventus, but Buffon will have to take the blame as he failed to hold the shot.
Lazio started to knock at the Juventus door, but were mainly limited to long-range shots. The trio of Stefan Radu, Candreva and Hernanes were all denied by good saves from Buffon and Juventus led 2-1 at the half-time break.
The second half had the potential to be topsy-turvy with Lazio looking to get level, but Juventus dealt them a killer blow with a third goal four minutes after the restart. Bonucci got his second assist of the game with another long pass that Vucinic took in his strike and prodded past Marchetti from close range. It was a great finish from the Montenegrin, but Lazio will be disappointed that their defence was breached by one simple long pass.
It got worse for them when Hernanes was sent for an early shower with a red card. The Brazil international had already been booked when he foolishly handled Radu’s cross in an attempt to control the ball. It was blatantly deliberate handball and the midfielder had no complaints when he saw a second yellow card and ultimately was dismissed.
Tevez is Juve’s new star man and he was close to adding a third mid-way through the second half. The Argentine played a nice one-two with Vidal and sent a left-footed shot crashing back off the crossbar from twenty yards out. The close shave was soon forgotten about though, when the summer signing from Manchester City sealed the win in the 80th minute.
Vucinic’s impressive dummy was a sign of the growing partnership between the strikers and Tevez showed great composure to sweep the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box with a curling effort. The win mean Juventus keep up the pace at the top of the league table, while Lazio will be glad to see the back of the champions after leaking nine goals in two games against them already this season.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)