Dy­bala dou­ble sends Juve clear

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PAULO DY­BALA hit a brace as cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus un­der­scored their Serie A ti­tle cre­den­tials only eight games into the cam­paign with a bat­tling 2-1 win over Udi­nese yes­ter­day.

Ju­ven­tus had been given a huge in­cen­tive be­fore their late kick­off with the league’s other bian­coneri side af­ter Roma stunned Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo.

And the Old Lady took the ti­tle race by the scruff of the neck to leave Roma in sec­ond at five points adrift and Napoli now in third at seven points be­hind.

Dy­bala, how­ever, said ti­tle talk is pre­ma­ture and that this per­for­mance proved there’s still room for im­prove­ment.

“We’re only in Oc­to­ber, there’s still a lot to play for,” he told Sky Sport.

Just over a year af­ter suf­fer­ing de­feat to Udi­nese in their open­ing match of the 2015-2016 cam­paign, the north­ern­ers had rea­son to be­lieve in an­other up­set.

Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri left Gon­zalo Higuain, Leonardo Bonucci and Sami Khedira and Dani Alves on the bench as he looks ahead to to­mor­row’s Cham­pi­ons League trip to Lyon.

Jakub Jankto pounced on a mis­placed pass from vet­eran France de­fender Pa­trice Evra and cut across the edge of the area to un­leash a drive that beat Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

Later, a free­kick was awarded on the edge of the area and Dy­bala stepped up to curl his ef­fort past a div­ing Orestis Karnezis and into the top right cor­ner.

Juan Cuadrado’s ex­change with Alex San­dro earned the hosts a penalty when the Brazil­ian wing­back was fouled by Ro­drigo De Paul, Dy­bala step­ping up to send Karnezis the wrong way.

Ear­lier, Edin Dzeko was cel­e­brat­ing hit­ting his first league brace on the road as Roma stunned in the Derby del Sole to re­launch their own ti­tle hopes.

“It’s not easy to win at Napoli and to score three goals here, we did very well,” Dzeko told Sky Sport.

“Scor­ing two goals is great, it’s my first brace away from home.” – AFP

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