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Serie A wrap: Juve thrash Roma, Milan held

Juventus have destroyed Roma 4-1 after jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first 19 minutes to move clear at the top of Serie A.

Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco scored for the reigning champions in a dominant performance on Saturday.

With Roma head coach Zdenek Zeman, a notorious critic of Juventus, in Turin for the first time since taking over the capital club, Juventus seemed inspired to punish the visitors.

Zeman, who infamously claimed in the 1990s while coach of Roma that Juventus used blood doping, watched his team fall apart under an early onslaught from the home side.

Pirlo gave Juventus the lead in the 11th minute when his free-kick curled into the bottom corner and five minutes later Vidal slotted home a penalty after Roma defender Leandro Castan handled the ball in the box.

In the 19th minute, Matri completed Juventus’ early blitz when he controlled Vidal’s aerial pass on his chest and then finished expertly to give his team a 3-0 lead.

Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo’s penalty in the 69th minute, conceded by Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci for a blatant foul on Mattia Destro, gave Zeman’s team a glimmer of hope but in the final minute Giovinco finished off a counter-attack with a goal from a tight angle to secure a big win.

Juventus had 20 shots and eight on target, while Roma only forced three saves from Gianluigi Buffon from 12 attempts.

The win puts Juventus on 16 points after six matches with Napoli second on 13 points, although they are still to play this weekend.

In the other Serie A match, Parma stole a 1-1 draw at home despite visitors Milan dominating the match.

Milan had 60 percent possession and nine shots on target to two but could only manage one goal for the match, with Stephan El Shaarawy putting Massimo Allegri’s side in front in the 50th minute.

Parma claimed a draw after Daniele Galloppa equalised 16 minutes later.

Sat 29 September, 2012
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