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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 45,000) 15th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Giannoccaro

Lazio Lazio vs Juventus Juventus

Lazio 0

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Juventus 2

A Vidal (pen 8, 28)

Juve edge closer to title

Last Updated: 15/04/13 10:11pm

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Arturo Vidal: Two first-half goals secured victory for Juve

Arturo Vidal: Two first-half goals secured victory for Juve

Juventus moved a step closer to a successful defence of their Serie A title with a win at Lazio which opens up an 11-point lead at the top of Serie A with six games left.

Two goals from Arturo Vidal inside the first half an hour ended Lazio's hopes of moving into contention for a place in the Champions League next season in the battle of the two last Italian survivors in Europe, up until last week.

Juve bounced back in style from their Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich while Lazio failed to do likewise after going out of the Europa League at the hands of Fenerbahce on Thursday.

Lazio, lacking the suspended Giuseppe Biava and Stefano Radu, had to improvise in defence, which is hardly an ideal situation when faced with the league leaders.

A foul by the inexperienced Cana on Mirko Vucinic inside the penalty area was punished in the eighth minute, and Vidal beat Federico Marchetti from the spot to put the Bianconeri ahead.

Vucinic was denied by a good diving save from Marchetti in the 20th minute before Vidal made it two.

Vucinic's cross was diverted kindly for Vidal by the luckless Cana, and the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder accepted the invitation to score from close range.

Lazio's heads dropped and Paul Pogba missed two chances to increase Juve's lead before the interval.

The home team's coach Vladimir Petkovic appeared to have found the right words during the break as Miroslav Klose and Ederson both went close with two early chances in the second half.

But they were always open to attacks and Claudio Marchisio should have increased Juve's lead when he lifted his shot over in the 56th minute.

Libor Kozak came on, but the man who was so prolific as the Europa League's top goalscorer could not recreate that threat in a Serie A game, wasting several chances to reopen the game.

And Klose summed up his side's luck, or lack thereof, when he shot wide in stoppage time.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 31 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Genoa 31 44
8 Torino 31 44
9 AC Milan 31 43
10 Inter Milan 31 42
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Sassuolo 31 36
13 Chievo 31 36
14 Verona 31 36
15 Udinese 31 35
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13