Made an excellent save from Borriello in the second minute, yet the referee awarded a goal kick, then could do little as Vucinic scored the opener. Did well to keep his eyes on a dipping lange-range effort from Pirlo, but had no response as Juve racked up goal after goal.
Allowed Borriello to dominate him a little too much in the early minutes, and struggled up against Vucinic throughout.
Couldn’t do much to stop Lichtsteiner in full flight down the right. And he resorted to steaming straight through the Swiss and Vidal in quick succession at one point.
Should really have done more to dominate both in the air and on the ground, but Juve found it easy to bypass the home back line with straight balls, and headed over when well placed to grab a consolation goal.
Struggled to cope with the running of Giaccherini for most of the first half, and it was no surprise when he was replaced at the break by Gabriel Silva.
Still doesn’t look anywhere near as comfortable playing in the narrow midfield three as he does when playing as a left-back, and he was unable to add a toughness to the Novara trio today.
The ex-Juve man was the main threat in blue for much of the game, and his great run and cross put Mazzarani in a great position late in the first half. His intelligent use of the ball was also a highlight in an otherwise anonymous Novara performance.
Had no control over the midfield battle, often resorting to chasing the ball around as Juve played penetrative balls through Novara central players at will.
Had Novara’s best chance of the first 45 when heading just over the bar from Rigoni’s run and cross, then tested Buffon with a good strike just after the break, but it was always going to be in vain anyway.
Anonymous as Novara struggled to get any kind of headway in midfield, the former Catania midfielder was unable to show his best at any point in proceedings.
Sank without trace due to Novara’s complete inability to get a real foothold in the game. Unable to hold up the ball effectively when it was required, and he was replaced by Morimoto soon after half time.
Might as well not have been playing for the first 55 minutes, but then produced a fine stop from Mazzarani’s effort. He was rarely bothered other than that.
Had a fairly simple afternoon, though Rigoni was allowed to progress too easily down his channel during the first half.
Led the back line well on a comfortable afternoon for the Juve defence. Had Caracciolo’s number throughout.
Playing in the wing-back role which allows him to get forward plenty, he did exactly that, teeing up Vidal after connecting with Giaccherini’s cross. Also found it too easy to take on Silva at times during the second period.
Was allowed to join attacks with some regularity as Novara dropped deep, and on the rare occasions the Azzurri got forward he was a match for them, including one great challenge on Rigoni.
Started well, bombing down the left at will, and from one of his forays Vidal came close, then he struck just wide of the far post when finishing a great run through the defence with a first-time volley. Added one assist when crossing for Borriello to head home and a second for the fourth as Vucinic slotted home.
Should have done better when sliding in on a low cross just a few yards from goal, but continued to provide support to the work of Vidal and Pirlo until being replaced by De Ceglie.
His overhead effort early on wasn’t far off target, but he eventually did find the net when slotting home Juve’s third after Vucinic’s effort was parried by Fontana. Rested for the final stages, with Padoin replacing him.
As ever, he was at the hub of most things, and it was no surprise when his free kick was turned home by Vucinic for the crucial opening goal. Continued to call the shots as the Bianconeri toyed with their hosts.
Expertly flicked home Pirlo’s cross off the underside of the bar before his run and shot opened the way for Vidal to make it 3-0. Added a second for himself when collecting Fontana’s parry to slot home.
Made a superb run and struck cleanly to force Fontana into a good save in the opening minutes, then went one better when diving low to head home his second goal in consecutive outings.
- 44 A. Coser
- 30 M. Centurioni
- 77 L. Rinaudo
Replaced Dellafiore at the break as Novara looked to better deal with the threat posed by Giaccherini, but the game was practically over by then anyway.
A replacement for Mazzarani, he was brought on to provide extra solidity in the Azzurri midfield.
Came on for Caracciolo at 3-0, but was unable to change Novara’s fortunes up front as Juve continued on relentlessly.
- 25 G. Mascara
- 30 M. Storari
P. De Ceglie
Immediately added a spark with a surge down the left after replacing Marchisio.
- 4 M. Cáceres
Brought on for Vidal with the game already won, and he was allowed to play his part in a comfortable second half.
- 10 A. Del Piero
- 18 F. Quagliarella
Given a rare run-out in the place of Vucinic for the final quarter, and very nearly got on the end of one throughball soon after. Should have done better with a later effort as he sliced his shot off target.