Ju­ven­tus win to open seven-point lead at the top

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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

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