JUVENTUS climbed as much as second in Serie A as Miralem Pjanic impressed a snug Three-Zero win at Bologna.
Inter Milan suffered a primary defeat of the season on Saturday, happening Three-1 at dwelling to Udinese and leaving the door ajar for Max Allegri’s males to leapfrog them as closest challengers to leaders Napoli.
It was a possibility the champions have been compelled to strategy patiently at first however Bologna’s resistance and ambition appeared to abandon them totally as soon as Pjanic’s 27th-minute free-kick had obtained the higher of keeper Antonio Mirante.
The Bosnia playmaker turned supplier with a superb lofted ball for Mario Mandzukic to double the lead earlier than half-time and any remaining doubt over the vacation spot of the factors was extinguished when Blaise Matuidi emphatically smashed in his first Juventus purpose within the 64th minute.
Napoli’s benefit on the summit is now trimmed to at least one level as Allegri’s squad with reams of title-winning knowhow put together for subsequent weekend’s match towards Roma – a crunch conflict that arrives after a midweek Coppa Italia project versus Genoa.
Allegri once more opted to depart Paulo Dybala on the bench and Juventus had a stable grip on possession throughout the first 25 minutes with out creating any probabilities of be aware.
A Bologna counter-attack noticed Godfred Donsah check Wojciech Szczesny’s dealing with with a firmly struck shot however Juve had their set-piece specialist readily available to succeed the place they’d failed till that time from open play.
Mattia Destro introduced down Alex Sandro on the left-hand nook of the penalty space and Pjanic curled a free-kick contained in the close to put up that Mirante might solely palm into the online.
Juve swiftly doubled their benefit within the 36th minute, with Pjanic to the fore once more as he picked out Mandzukic with a chic raking go.
The Croatia ahead chested down impeccably and hooked a shot in the direction of the far nook regardless of some shut consideration from Ibrahima Mbaye. As soon as extra, Mirante obtained a hand to the shot however was unable to change the result.
Bologna boss Roberto Donadoni had his resolution to exchange striker Destro with Bruno Petkovic whistled within the 53rd minute and the closest a house participant got here to placing the ball within the web earlier than the hour was when Filip Helander nearly prodded Alex Sandro’s cross into his personal purpose.
Helander’s makes an attempt to clear the subsequent cross from the Brazil full-back additionally left a lot to be desired when he shovelled a bouncing ball within the path of Matuidi, who lashed unforgivingly into the underside nook to make sure Juve would make it 4 wins from their final 5 top-flight away video games.
Some wasteful ending from Gonzalo Higuain prevented Juve from operating up a extra good-looking scoreline, whereas fellow attacker Mandzukic limping off with 15 minutes left gave trigger for some concern.
However the sight of a participant as splendidly gifted as Dybala approaching in his place and streaking away from Bologna defenders to fireplace narrowly over underlined the truth that Donadoni’s worries, after six defeats the final 9, is likely to be considerably better.