Juventus win to open seven-point lead at the top
JUVENTUS 3, PESCARA 0
Italian champions stretched their lead to seven points over second placed Roma yesterday as they beat Pescara 3-0 at their Turin Stadium.
Goals by Khedira in the first half, Manduzikic and Hernanes in the second, gave the Serie A leaders a comfortable win ahead of their forthcoming Champions League commitment away to Spain’s Sevilla next Tuesday.
Juventus had to face a stubborn Pescara side before eventually taking the lead with a Khedira strike on 36 minutes after a fine combination between Khedira and Mandzukic.
The Bianconeri rotated the squad after international duty and ahead of the showdown with Sevilla, resting Gigi Buffon, Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini and Dani Alves, while Paulo Dybala, Medhi Benatia, Marko Pjaca and Andrea Barzagli were injured.
Pescara had visited Turin six times in Serie A, emerging with a lone point thanks to a 1-1 draw in February 1989.
The second goal was scored by Mandzukic on 63 minutes and Hernanes completed the scoring six minutes later.
UDINESE 1, NAPOLI 2
Lorenzo Insigne ended his scoring drought in style, getting both goals and also hitting the crossbar in the space of 10 minutes in Napoli’s 2-1 win at Udinese yesterday.
With only its third win in seven away matches, last season’s Serie A runner-up Napoli moved up to fourth place.
Insigne hadn’t scored since April, a run of 1,136 minutes, after finishing with a career-best 12 goals last season.
In the 47th, Insigne redirected a cross from Jose Callejon inside the box for his first.
A minute later, Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis tipped a long shot from Insigne off the bar.
Insigne had yet another a chance in the 56th, finding himself unmarked inside the area but the 1.63-metre (5-foot-4) winger launched his shot high over the target.
A minute later, Insigne took advantage of poor defending to score his second as Silvan Widmer deflected a cross into his path.
It was Insigne’s second brace in Serie A, having first achieved the feat against AC Milan in October 2015.
Stipe Perica pulled one back for Udinese with a header following a corner but Napoli’s defence then clamped down.
Karnezis also stretched out to palm wide a long, low shot from Dries Mertens.
Napoli hadn’t won at Udinese since September 2007.
Udinese, which had a fourmatch unbeaten streak ended, was 14th.
CHIEVO VERONA 1, CAGLIARI 0
A century of matches proved worth the wait for Chievo Verona’s 36-year-old fullback Massimo Gobbi.
Gobbi scored early in the second half to help end Chievo’s fivematch winless streak, exactly 100 matches after his previous Serie A goal with Parma in September 2013.
Napoli players celebrate after their teammate Lorenzo Insigne scored against Udinese Photo: AP