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      31.12.2017 09:30 - in: Serie A S

      Verona vs Juventus: Five Talking Points

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      Juventus.com analyses the Bianconeri’s crucial 3-1 victory away to Hellas Verona on Saturday night
      DYBALA AT THE DOUBLE

      Cometh the hour. Cometh the man. Well, strictly speaking, it was after 72 minutes that Paulo Dybala started conjuring up his magic in a match that was crying out for someone to step up, score and steal the headlines.

      La Joya, starting his first league match in almost a month, made sure he was that man by notching a quite brilliant brace all within a whirlwind five minutes.

      If his first goal was well taken – a neat finish from Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross – his second certainly entered the realm of the spectacular, as he dribbled through Verona’s defence before dispatching an unstoppable shot into the same bottom corner.

      What’s more, Dybala struck both times with his unfavoured right foot: indeed, this was the first time he had scored twice in a game with that boot.

      Take a bow, Paulo!

      BLAISE BREAKS THE DEADLOCK

      Given how the game ended, it’s easy to forget just how rampant Juve started the match at the Stadio Bentegodi.

      Blaise Matuidi’s sixth-minute strike was the Bianconeri’s fastest goal of this Serie A season, the Frenchman doubling his tally for the campaign after netting his first for the club earlier this month away to Bologna.

      This was ultimately another big goal in another big road victory for Juve’s battling number 14.

      BEWARE THE BIANCONERI ATTACK

      Three goals tonight took Juventus’ tally to an impressive 48 for the season in Serie A.

      The last time any team scored as many in Italy’s top tier was back in the 1959-60 campaign. Any guess who that could have been?

      The Bianconeri, of course!

      SHUTOUT STREAK ENDS

      After eight clean sheets in all competitions and 790 minutes without conceding, Juve’s impressive shutout streak finally came to end in Verona.

      Former Bianconero, Martin Caceres, produced a special strike of his own in order to beat Wojciech Szczesny and momentarily draw the hosts level before Paulo Dybala had other ideas.

      ENDING THE YEAR ON A HIGH

      Three goals and three points. This was an excellent way in which to bring an end to 2017. Funnily enough, that was how the Bianconeri began the calendar year (thanks to a 3-0 win over Bologna on 8 January 2017).

      It has been an unforgettable 12 months for the club with unprecedented achievements in the form of a sixth straight Scudetto and third consecutive Coppa Italia. Now, at the halfway point of the 2017/18 campaign, Massimiliano Allegri’s men will be keen to make next year just as special.

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