Juventus edge closer to title

Juventus moved a step closer to a successful defence of their

Serie A title with a 2-0 win at Lazio on Monday night.

Juventus’ win 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.