Juventus
    14.06.2015 15:25 - in: The team S

    Raining goals!

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    The Bianconeri commence November by dispelling Empoli 2-0, overcoming Olympiacos in a five-goal Champions League thriller before putting seven past Parma ahead of the international break

    After suffering their first Serie A reverse of the season to Genoa at the end of October, Juventus quickly put the disappointment behind them by returning to winning ways versus Empoli just three days later.

    Andrea Pirlo set Massimiliano Allegri’s men on their way with a trademark free-kick shortly after half-time before Alvaro Morata sealed the 2-0 triumph on 72 minutes, guiding the ball past Davide Bassi as the reigning Scudetto holders went three points clear of nearest-challengers Roma.

    It was soon time for a return to Champions League action, with Super League Greece side Olympiacos providing the opposition at Juventus Stadium the following Tuesday.

    Pirlo, who was making his 100th all-time appearance in Europe’s elite competition, converted another pearler of a set-piece to put the Old Lady deservedly ahead early on in the crucial Group A match-up.

    But the Greek outfit soon turned the tables on Juventus with two headers either side of half-time courtesy of Alberto Botia and Delvin Ndinga, meaning the Bianconeri had a mountain to climb to keep their Champions League last 16 hopes alive.

    Allegri’s troops, however, rose to the occasion when substitute Fernando Llorente pulled the hosts level, the Spaniard’s initial header ricocheting off the post and then Roberto before trickling over the line.

    With the wind firmly in Juventus’ sails and an electric atmosphere in Turin propelling them further forward, Paul Pogba slammed home from the edge of the area to complete a pulsating comeback and take his side level on points alongside Olympiacos in second place of Group A.

    Two victories in all competitions immediately became three when struggling Parma – who went toe-to-toe against the Bianconeri many times during the 1990s – arrived at Juventus Stadium for a Serie A encounter.

    Ahead of the game, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was presented with a special plaque by president Andrea Agnelli after he reached 500 appearances in the famous black and white jersey at the end of October.

    The Old Lady were in irresistible form from the off as braces from Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez (including THAT goal which spawned the #ThingsTevezCouldDribble phenomenon) and Alvaro Morata plus a further strike from Stephan Lichtsteiner saw them stun the Gialloblu 7-0 in Turin.

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