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Juventus Stadium 27th October 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Doveri

Juventus Juventus vs Genoa Genoa

Juventus 2

A Vidal (pen 23)
C Tevez (36)


Genoa 0

Comfortable win for Juve

Last Updated: 27/10/13 5:10pm

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Arturo Vidal celebrates.

Arturo Vidal celebrates.

Goals from Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 victory over Genoa in Turin but the reigning Serie A champions remain five points off the pace.

It was a return to form for Juve, who lost at Fiorentina before suffering a Champions League defeat at Real Madrid in midweek, and the swashbuckling football on display on Sunday afternoon will go some way to reassuring coach Antonio Conte that his club can still achieve their aim of winning a third straight Scudetto.

Summer signings Fernando Llorente and Tevez were particularly impressive around the visiting goal, which was admirably protected by rookie goalkeeper Mattia Perin, but it was Vidal who opened the scoring with a penalty.

A superb solo effort from Tevez then made the points safe before half-time to keep the Bianconeri four points clear of resurgent Inter Milan and tied with Napoli for second place.

Roma, however, are out of reach after winning their ninth consecutive game at the expense of Udinese.

Juve began the season determined to prosper on multiple fronts but sub-par performances have seen the Turin club struggle both at home and in Europe.

The first half only yielded two goals when perhaps five or six were possible, but Conte's men produced a formidable display to remind their rivals just what they are capable of.

Llorente dazzled in the opening minutes, Paul Pogba arriving just too late to tuck the Spaniard's pass away.

The former Athletic Bilbao striker excelled himself with a perfect assist to Pogba and this time Perin was lucky to win a duel with the powerful Frenchman.

Genoa's goalkeeper held the Juve machine back a little longer with a superb save on Llorente from two yards and Vidal only had himself to blame when slamming the ball against the bar in the 19th minute.

Another chance went begging for the Italian champions when Giorgio Chiellini headed inches wide of the mark.

Perin would pull off another miracle save, this time on the onrushing Andrea Pirlo, but in the 23nd minute he was picking the ball out of his net.

It had been a marginal call when Davide Biondini felled Kwadwo Asamoah just inside the Genoa box.

That was irrelevant to Vidal, though, and he converted the penalty with a minimum of fuss.

Juve pushed for their second goal and Pogba nearly found it after robbing Biondini on the edge of the area, but his shot was wayward.

Tevez made amends in the 36th minute.

A magnificent dribbling run left Genoa's defence standing still before an unstoppable strike evaded Perin to cap a remarkable first-half display from Juve.

The interval was a welcome break for Perin who soon found himself making a double save on deadly duo Llorente and Tevez when play resumed.

Vidal and Tevez teamed up with a view to extending their team's lead and adding to their own personal tallies but it was Llorente who deserved to score the third goal, his left-footed effort screeching wide with Perin left stranded.

Juve had already done enough to win, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was relieved keep a clean sheet after watching Ioannis Fetfatzidis head over his bar from a sumptuous cross from Sime Vrsaljko in stoppage time.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 32 73
2 Lazio 32 59
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 32 56
5 Sampdoria 32 50
6 Fiorentina 32 49
7 Genoa 32 47
8 Torino 32 47
9 Inter Milan 32 45
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 32 41
12 Verona 32 39
13 Udinese 32 38
14 Chievo 32 37
15 Sassuolo 32 36
16 Empoli 32 35
17 Atalanta 32 31
18 Cagliari 32 24
19 Cesena 32 23
20 Parma 32 16