Serb scores three as Juve triumph...
The Bianconeri found an early opener through Krasic although Cagliari promptly equalised with Alessandro Matri scoring but Krasic brought Juve ahead before half-time. Then the Bianconeri added two more through Bonucci and Krasic again, with Cagliari scoring a consolation goal late on.
Juve had a good start and soon found the opener. Simone Pepe took a free-kick from the edge of the box which was headed out by Cagliari’s defence, but Krasic was waiting for the ball and his screamer gave Michael Agazzi no chance. It was a magnificent finish from the Serbian winger and a fundamental opener for the Old Lady.
Cagliari did not sit back though and were soon back on level terms. Andrea Lazzari’s cross from the left found Matri completely unmarked in the middle of the box – it was all too easy for him. As in the past meeting with Palermo, Juve’s backline looked far from solid.
The Rossoblu looked very threatening, but Juve took the lead again. Perico lost control of the ball, Amauri passed it back to Pepe who crossed from the left. Krasic anticipated and got past Alessandro Agostini and his tap in hit the back of the net after a slight deflection from Agazzi. It was poor defending from Cagliari.
Iaquinta could have made it 3-1 just before half-time as he knocked down Michele Canini, controlled a long ball and was one-on-one with Agazzi but his attempt lacked accuracy.
Juve looked determined at the restart and could have been awarded a penalty when Amauri was brought down in the box. The Bianconeri couldn’t complain, however, as they found a lucky third goal from the following corner-kick.
Pepe’s corner bounced in the middle of the box and was deflected by several players before crossing the line. Vincenzo Iaquinta tried to get his name on the scoresheet with a desperate touch, but it was Bonucci who deflected the ball last.
Cagliari didn't look too downhearted and had a great opportunity following a brilliant pass from Lazzari - Matri’s attempt went wide though. It was game over, though, when Krasic scored his hat-trick following another corner-kick. The Serbian controlled the ball, skipped past two and was lucky to find the net as his shot was deflected by a defender.
Lazzari was on fire and didn’t want to give in as Cagliari pulled a goal back. His inspirational pass was easily touched past Storari by Matri. Juve ended the game with 10 men as Amauri picked up what appeared to be a serious injury. Still Cagliari were unable to find their third in what was a successful evening for the Old Lady and a disappointing one for the Sardinians.
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