Juventus
    17.12.2017 17:02 - in: Match report S

    Ruthless Juve top Bologna

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    Three Bianconeri find the back of the net as Juve earn all three points at the Dall’Ara

    It was three goals and three points today for the Bianconeri as a goal and an assist from Miralem Pjanic led Juve to a comfortable 3-0 win away to Bologna.

    The win leaves Massimiliano Allegri’s side within a point of the top spot in Serie A and continues the ever-growing clean sheet streak to six games and over 500 minutes without a goal allowed.

    After a cagey start, the match roared to life on 27 minutes when Pjanic stepped up to a free kick at the corner of the box. The Bosnian curled a classic strike that goalkeeper Antonio Mirante got a touch to but couldn’t keep out of the net to put Juve up 1-0. It was Pjanic’s fourth goal of the season in all competitions and a Serie A-best 14th free kick goal all-time for Pjanic.

    Ten minutes later, Juventus doubled the lead with Pjanic the architect rather than the goal scorer this time. A beautiful chipped ball over the top to Mario Mandzukic saw the Croatian chest down, take a bounce and fire a strike low into the corner in the 36th minute.

    The goal is Mandzukic’s sixth in all competitions and saw Juve take a 2-0 lead into the half-time break.

    In the second half, Juventus kept their foot on the gas and made it 3-0 in the 64th minute. A ball into the Bologna box was only partially cleared and Blaise Matuidi blasted a left-footed volley into the corner for his first goal in Juventus colors.

    Juve nearly found a fourth on multiple occasions from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, but would run out 3-0 winners on Sunday afternoon in Bologna. The clean sheet is Juve’s sixth consecutive in all competitions and fourth straight in Serie A.

    Next up for the Bianconeri is a Wednesday night tilt against Genoa as Juventus enters this year’s Coppa Italia while they will play their last Serie A match before Christmas on Saturday 23 December at home to Roma.

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