Juventus take control of Serie A, humiliate Parma by seven goals
Carlos Tevez scored a stunning goal to help Juventus crush Parma 7-0 and move provisionally six points clear at the top of the Serie A table on Sunday.
Tevez ran most of the length of the field and beat four men to score Juventus’ fourth before doubling his tally minutes later.
Fernando Llorente and substitute Alvaro Morata also both netted twice, and Stephan Lichtsteiner was also on target to send Parma to its heaviest defeat in Serie A.
Second-placed Roma hosts Torino later.
Lazio missed the opportunity to move level with Roma after a 2-1 loss at Empoli.
Chievo Verona beat fellow struggler Cesena 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table, while Palermo drew 1-1 at home to Udinese. Cagliari was also held 1-1 by 10-man Genoa.
Fiorentina host Napoli and Inter Milan entertain Hellas Verona later on Sunday.
Parma travelled to Turin hoping it had kickstarted its season with last week’s surprise 2-0 win over Inter Milan which had ended a club record run of six consecutive defeats.
Juventus, which was coming off the back of a 3-2 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League, took the lead in the 24th minute when Llorente rushed in to tap home the rebound after Paul Pogba’s shot was parried by Antonio Mirante.
Lichsteiner doubled Juve’s advantage five minutes later with a scorching 25-yard strike into the top right corner and the Switzerland defender unselfishly crossed for Llorente to volly home his third goal in as many games in the 36th.
Tevez had the whole stadium on its feet with his superb individual goal five minutes after the break and he went off to a standing ovation shortly after doubling his tally when Mirante again only parried a Pogba strike.
Morata beat the offside trap to tap home Kingsley Coman’s pass, five minutes after coming off the bench, before completing Parma’s misery with a volley two minutes from time.
Parma is bottom of the table again as half-time substitute Sergio Pellissier scored his first two goals of the season for Chievo, heading in the winner moments after Milan Djuric’s equalizer two minutes from time.
Lazio was looking for a sixth win in seven matches while Empoli was hoping to avoid a fourth successive defeat.
The home side took a surprise lead when Federico Barba headed home a corner for his first Serie A goal seven minutes into the second half.
Massimo Maccarone doubled Empoli’s lead three minutes later before Filip Djordjevic headed in what proved to be a consolation for Lazio.
Palermo could have recorded its fourth win in five matches but Franco Vazquez saw his penalty saved by Orestis Karnezis and Paulo Dybala headed off the upright.
Dybala had earlier equalized from the spot shortly before halftime after Cyril Thereau had given Udinese a fifth-minute lead.
Cagliari also missed a penalty in the lunchtime kickoff.
Diego Farias struck his first Serie A goal to put the Sardinian side in front but Genoa was gifted an equalizer when Luca Rossettini tried to intercept a Diego Perotti cross at full stretch and turned it into his own net.
Cagliari should have taken all three points as Daniele Conti curled a free kick onto the post and was brought down by Stefano Sturaro as the move continued.
Sturaro was sent off but Danilo Avelar saw his penalty saved by Mattia Perin and Simone Longo ballooned the rebound horribly wide with the goal gaping.