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    21.03.2014 11:35 - in: Serie A S

    Last time out against the Rossazzurri

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    A dominant midweek performance against Catania saw the Bianconeri follow up their 2-0 win over Genoa three days previously with a 4-0 success at Juventus Stadium on 30 October

    Juventus’ last outing against the Rossazzurri side they face again this Sunday was a happy one: a 4-0 home win at Juventus Stadium on 30 October 2013.

    Catania were the unfortunate victims of a Bianconeri outfit firing all cylinders in the Wednesday night fixture to achieve their second win in just four days after dispatching Genoa in a 2-0 success over the weekend.

    The first step towards the league leaders’ most comprehensive scoreline of the campaign at the time was made by Arturo Vidal. The Chilean proved that fortune favours the brave as a speculative low shot from 25 yards took a deflection that sent it past Mariano Andujar in the Catania goal.

    And before long the Bianconeri had a second thanks to Andrea Pirlo, who netted his eighth set-piece in the black and white stripes since his 2011 move to Juventus with a laid-back grace that’s worth admiring in the video highlights at the bottom of this article.

    The next in an impressive total of 10 shots on target was a near miss from Claudio Marchisio, who hit the angle of post and bar with a half-volley from the left wing that picked up real speed.

    The woodwork may have stopped Marchisio, but there was no stopping Tevez for goal number three. When the ball broke loose in the area, the Argentine was quickest to react, latching onto it and rounding the goalkeeper to tuck home his sixth league goal of the season.

    The Bianconeri continued to move the ball around well - they recorded an 88.8 per cent pass completion rate overall – and it was a perfect Sebastian Giovinco pass squared from the byline towards Leonardo Bonucci that led to the final goal as the defender made good contact to take it past Andujar’s outstretched arm.

    Speaking after the final whistle, Giorgio Chiellini was pleased with the way he and his defensive team-mates had managed to shut out the opposition attack.

    And Mauricio Isla expressed his own satisfaction at another important success on the day he made a second consecutive start.

    The final word was had by Antonio Conte, who considered the game as part of the bigger picture in an extremely busy fixture period.

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