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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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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23