Ju­ven­tus grind out 2-1 win at Chievo

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MI­LAN (AP): TI­TLE-WIN­NING TEAMS of­ten grind out re­sults de­spite not play­ing well — and that is pre­cisely what Ju­ven­tus are do­ing.

Chievo Verona had won just one of their past six matches, but Ju­ven­tus strug­gled to break them down be­fore even­tu­ally win­ning 2-1 yes­ter­day.

Ju­ven­tus moved four points clear of A Roma, which beat Bologna 3-0, with AC Mi­lan a point fur­ther be­hind fol­low­ing their 2-1 away win over Palermo.

Mi­ralem Pjanic had strug­gled to fit in since trans­fer­ring from Roma in the off-sea­son, but he scored what was to prove the win­ner for Ju­ven­tus in the 75th minute with a trade­mark free kick into the top right cor­ner from just out­side the area.

“I won the free kick and I put it in. I’m happy, but what’s im­por­tant, above all, is the three points,” Pjanic said. “I al­ways do my ut­most to fit in as best as pos­si­ble, it’s ob­vi­ous that I want to do more, but it’s a new sys­tem, it’s a dif­fer­ent kind of foot­ball to where I was be­fore, but I’m adapt­ing.

“I’m not wor­ried, I know that there are al­ways great ex­pec­ta­tions in a great club, that doesn’t worry me, I’m stay­ing calm, I do my work as best as pos­si­ble. So slowly but surely I’ll get there, I’m a new foot­baller here, but I’m happy to be here.”

Mario Mandzu­kic broke the dead­lock in the 53rd, con­trol­ling Juan Cuadrado’s through ball be­fore driv­ing across into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Mandzu­kic al­most scored a stun­ning goal in the first half, nod­ding on a long ball and flick­ing it over Ni­co­las Spolli be­fore fir­ing over the bar from six yards.

Ju­ven­tus goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon was mak­ing his 600th Serie A ap­pear­ance, be­com­ing only the fourth player to reach that mark af­ter Paolo Mal­dini (647), Javier Zanetti (615) – who are both re­tired – and Roma cap­tain Francesco Totti (607).

Buf­fon was de­ci­sive in the 64th to deny Lu­cas Cas­tro from point-blank range, but could do noth­ing mo­ments later as Ser­gio Pel­lissier con­verted a penalty af­ter be­ing tripped by Stephan Licht­steiner.

In other re­sults, Em­poli trashed Pescara 4-0, In­ter Mi­lan and Ata­lanta had 3-0 wins over Cro­tone and Sas­suolo, while the Fiorentina - Sam­p­do­ria and Genoa - Udi­nese games ended 1-1.

In­ter Mi­lan’s Mauro Icardi cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing the Serie A match be­tween In­ter Mi­lan and Cro­tone at the San Siro sta­dium in Mi­lan, Italy, yes­ter­day. In­ter Mi­lan won 3-0.

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