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Vidal Brace Bags It For Juve

Arturo Vidal scored a goal and converted a penalty to help Juventus sweep aside Sampdoria 4-2 to maintain their dominance at the top of the table on Saturday evening.

Fernanrdo Llorente and Paul Pogba also got on the scorehseet for the Old Lady, while Samp needed an Andrea Barzagli own goal and a strike from Manolo Gabbiadini.

The pressure was on Juventus to reinstall their eight point difference over second-placed Roma after the capital club had cut the deficit by three with their victory over Livorno.

Antonio Conte’s side dominated the early stages of the game, creating chances left right and center and they were to be rewarded with their pressure.

Paul Pogba prodded a through ball and Arturo Vidal sprung the offside trap to flick his finish past Junior Da Costa with the outside of the boot.

Asamoah’s snapshot was deflected out for a corner, and from that set-work, Fernando Llorente scored a goal with a glancing header that whipped under the bar.

Despite being two-goals down the Blucerchiati still looked as if they had it in them to comeback and, as the scoreline changed to 2-1, it was at the hands of an own goal by Andrea Barzagli. The defender went into a sliding tackle on Manolo Gabbiadini’s angled drive from a corner, but only succeeded in deflecting it past Buffon.

But Juventus’ two-goal lead was soon restored when Arturo Vidal converted from the penalty spot, after being clipped on the heels by Vasco Regini.

Sampdoria came agonizingly close from making it 3-2 when Lorenzo De Silvestri’s free header deflected over the bar from point-blank range on the hour mark.

The Doriani were rewarded with their insistence when Gabbiadini knocked home a lose ball parried by Buffon from close range to line-up a dramatic finish to the game.

But the result was wrapped up in the 78th minute when Pogba struck an absolute screamer from the outside of the box which left Da Costa feeling helpless as it nearly ripped a hole in the back of the net.

The win is also a new club record from Juventus of 12 consecutive wins. 

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