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17 Apr 2014 - in: Serie A

Last time out against the Rossoblu

It finished 2-0 to the Bianconeri at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on 6 December thanks to the combination of another clean sheet from a record-beating Gigi Buffon and goals from Arturo Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini

Juve recorded a seventh consecutive league win and clean sheet when they last faced Bologna on 6 December, emerging from the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara with a hard-fought but deserved 2-0 victory.

Antonio Conte made six changes from the previous game at Udinese, but the level of the Bianconeri’s performance didn’t falter, not least that of Gigi Buffon.

At the end of the 90 minutes, the captain had gone a personal record of 640 minutes without conceding, just two outings after reaching the equally impressive milestone of 500 Serie A appearances.

But there was little his opposite number Gianluca Curci could do to prevent the Bianconeri’s deadly first strike, coming after just 12 minutes at the climax of a period of sustained early pressure.

Claudio Marchisio had a choice of three men to pick out in the Bologna area, and the one he found was Arturo Vidal, who controlled and lashed the ball into the roof of the net with his laces for his sixth league goal of the season.

Two well-struck Alessandro Diamanti efforts from range soon afterwards were dangerous, but it was the closest the Rossoblu came to beating the imperious Buffon before the break.

The Bianconeri emerged from half-time all guns blazing, quickly clocking up shots in a tally that would eventually reach 19.

Most prominently, Fernando Llorente went one-on-one with Curci and was very close to slipping it through the goalkeeper’s legs, while Marchisio forced him to tip over a volley that had picked up real speed even from close range.

But in the end it was the perhaps more unexpected source of Giorgio Chiellini who found a breakthrough for the second, popping up to head a Carlos Tevez corner into the top corner from his position at the near post one minute from time.

The first to give his post-match verdict was the defender himself.

Next to speak to the media was Antonio Conte, satisfied with yet another Serie A win.

The boss concluded by offering particular praise for his strikers on a night when they all worked hard for a result away from home.

To watch back the best bits from the clash in Emilia-Romagna, below are the highlights of Juve’s 2-0 victory.