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Serie A

  • January 18, 2015
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Irrati
  • • Attendance: 36243

Juventus 4-0 Verona: Tevez scores twice as champions go five points clear

Paul Pogba bagged another brilliant strike from distance while Roberto Pereyra also found the net as the Bianconeri took their tally to 10 in two games against the visitor.

Carlos Tevez scored twice as Juventus recorded another resounding win over Verona to go five points clear at the top of Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri's men obliterated the same opposition 6-1 in the Coppa Italia on Thursday and Juve was utterly dominant once again, making the most of Roma's 1-1 draw at Palermo on Saturday to extend its lead at the summit.

Paul Pogba got the host off to a fine start with an excellent long-range drive after just three minutes and Tevez swiftly doubled its advantage, leaving Verona with a huge task on its hands.

Juve had drawn each of its last two home games in Serie A, but the defending champion never looked in danger of making it three in a row as Andrea Pirlo, Martin Caceres and Alvaro Morata all went close.

But it was midfielder Roberto Pereyra, starting in place of the ill Arturo Vidal, who eventually put Juve 3-0 up, confidently dispatching with 24 minutes to go before Tevez doubled his tally eight minutes later.

Verona coach Andrea Mandorlini had urged his team to claim vengeance for the midweek thrashing, but it appeared to be another case of damage limitation after slipping 2-0 down after just seven minutes.

Pogba broke the deadlock in the third minute, finding the bottom-right corner with an unstoppable strike from 30 yards.

Fresh from scoring against Verona for the second time in four days, Pogba was then involved in Juve's second goal four minutes later, but on this occasion the France international allowed Caceres' low cross to run, with Tevez on hand to steer home emphatically.

Things almost got even worse for the visitor in the 12th minute, although goalkeeper Rafael was able to tip a Pirlo free kick around the post.

Juve was in absolute control and again went close nine minutes before halftime, as Caceres dragged an effort agonizingly wide after Pirlo saw a free kick blocked.

The second half continued in a similar vein and Morata tried his luck with 50 minutes on the clock, narrowly missing the bottom-left corner from 30 yards.

Juve looked destined to finally add a third on the counter-attack a few minutes later, but Morata hammered a cross at the unmarked Tevez, giving the Argentinian little chance of bringing it under control.

It was 3-0 in the 66th minute when Pereyra, who also netted against Verona on Thursday, raced on to an incisive Giorgio Chiellini pass and coolly stroked into the roof of the net.

Tevez then scored his second of the game and 13th Serie A goal of the season with 16 minutes to go, charging past a couple of defenders before beating Rafael from an acute angle, wrapping up an easy win for the champion.