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Juventus Occupy Second Place

Juventus secured second place on the Seria A table with a convincing 3-0 win over Napoli in a league match at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday night.

The result sees Juventus up to second on the table with 31 points while Napoli sit in third place with 28 points.

The opening 45 minutes saw the home side in charge as they controlled the midfield battle and dictated the pace of the game.

Juventus got off to the perfect start as Fernando Llorente gave them the lead after only two minutes.

It was a well-worked goal as Andrea Pirlo played a free-kick short to Mauricio who attempted a shot, but saw his effort brilliantly flicked on by Carlos Tevez to Llorente who tapped home from close range, 1-0.

Juventus continued to dictate terms thereafter and came close to finding their second in the eighth minute as Paul Pogba met a Pirlo cross, but his header was well-saved by Pepe Reina.

Napoli did manage to fashion a rare chance of their own in the 21st minute as Gonzalo Higuain beat a couple of defenders on the edge of the box before seeing his powerful shot go agonisingly wide of the target.

In the 36th minute Juventus were on the attack again as Llorente met a cross from Arturo Vidal, but his header was brilliantly saved by Reina.

The second 45 saw Napoli playing more promising football as they went in search of the equaliser and they came close in the 51st minute. Only the fingertips of Gianluigi Buffon kept Juventus in the lead as he tipped a Lorenzo Insigne free-kick over the bar.

Eight minutes later and Reina was called into action at the other end of the park as he made a double save, first denying Vidal from distance and then Tevez the follow-up shot.

In the 65th minute Vidal should really have doubled his side’s lead when he was put through on goal by Tevez, but he skied his shot over the cross bar from six-yards out.

Juventus did find their second goal in the 74th minute as Pirlo superbly curled home a 25-yard free-kick, 2-0.

Six minutes later and the result was put beyond doubt as Pogba powered home a spectacular 24-yard volley, 3-0.

The game ended on a rather sour note for Juventus, though, as Angelo Ogbonna received his second yellow card in the 84th minute and was sent for an early shower.

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