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Tevez hat-trick inspires Juve

Last Updated: 15/12/13 9:40pm

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Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick for Juventus

Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick for Juventus

A Carlos Tevez hat-trick helped Juventus open up a six-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of Roma's trip to AC Milan on Monday night.

The Argentinian also set up the fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Sassuolo as the Bianconeri put their midweek Champions League disappointment behind them.

Tevez earned a standing ovation after being withdrawn minutes after netting the fourth midway through the second half of a one-sided game.

Juve did not hide their disappointment in being eliminated from the Champions League in wintry conditions in Istanbul on Wednesday, but they channelled their frustration in the right way at the Juventus Stadium.

Sassuolo's resistance lasted only 15 minutes before Tevez scored his first.

The striker was on hand to knock the ball in from close range after Arturo Vidal's angled shot was fumbled out by Gianluca Pegolo.

Kwadwo Asamoah missed the chance to make it two when he dragged a shot wide of Pegolo's goal before Tevez teed up Peluso for Juve's second in the 28th minute.

The Argentinian's free-kick was met by the wing-back's strong header, leaving Pegolo no chance.

Tevez added his second and Juve's third on the stroke of half-time when he raced in to cut out a weak back pass before touching the ball past Pegolo and scoring into the unguarded goal.

The former Manchester City and Manchester United forward completed his first hat-trick in Italian football midway through the second half, providing the finish to an excellent team move which he started.

He passed to Vidal, who spread play for Mauricio Isla, and his low cross was met by Tevez in front of Pegolo's goal.

The 29-year-old was withdrawn straight after, earning a standing ovation before getting to take the ball home with him after his inspirational performance.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20