Italian Serie A
Cagliari0Juventus2

Cagliari 0-2 Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain is level with Roma's Edin Dzeko at the top of the Serie A scoring chart - on 18 goals

Gonzalo Higuain scored two as Juventus marked boss Max Allegri's 100th Serie A match in charge with a win that leaves them seven points clear at the top.

Higuain dinked a shot past Cagliari keeper Rafael from Claudio Marchisio's pass before half-time.

He later slid Paulo Dybala's pass under Rafael early in the second half to become this season's joint top scorer in Serie A with 18 goals.

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella was sent off for two bookable offences.

Barella, the home side's best player, was already on a yellow card when he caught substitute Miralem Pjanic late from a Juventus throw-in.

Allegri's side recorded a fifth successive Serie A win, restoring their seven-point lead after it had been cut by wins for Napoli on Friday and Roma earlier on Sunday.

Roma's 2-0 win at Crotone moved then above Napoli into second - and came with a goal and a penalty miss from Edin Dzeko, who is level with Higuain on 18 league goals.

100 up for committed Allegri

Juventus' manager has been linked with the job at Arsenal in recent days, amid speculation that Arsene Wenger may leave at the end of the season.

Allegri dismissed those suggestions before Sunday's visit to his former club, stating he is happy in Turin and he hopes for "another 300 or 400 games" as Juve boss.

He has every reason to want to stay at present - his team have responded brilliantly to the tactical switches he has made since a surprising 2-1 league defeat at Fiorentina on 15 January.

That result prompted Allegri to abandon his 3-5-2 set-up in favour of a 4-2-3-1 formation so he could accommodate all of his key attacking players.

It has worked, as Juve have won five league games in a row since the change, without conceding a goal.

They were ruthless when their chances came; they waited 37 minutes for a breakthrough, scoring with their first serious effort on goal through Higuain, then broke from a Cagliari corner for a stylish second shortly after half-time.

Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon was troubled just once, turning aside a 20-yard shot from Fabio Pisacane; at the other end, Rafael made a superb late save to stop Dybala's close-range header after Mario Mandzukic had hit the bar.

Serie A round-up

Joe Hart
Joe Hart helped ninth-placed Torino to their first Serie A win of 2017

England goalkeeper Joe Hart enjoyed a victory mixed with frustration, as Torino beat bottom club Pescara 5-3, having been five goals up before conceding three in a sloppy last 16 minutes.

Andrea Belotti scored twice for Torino to take his season's total in Serie A to 17, but the home side lost their way, with Arlind Ajeti conceding an astonishing dragged backheel flick own goal as the visitors fought back.

Inter Milan overcame the absences of Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic - and the disappointment of last weekend's defeat by Juventus - to beat Empoli 2-0 and move into fifth, with Eder scoring the first and creating the second for Antonio Candreva. Atalanta are fourth after winning 3-1 at Palermo.

Roberto Inglese got over the disappointment of seeing an early penalty saved by scoring his first Serie A hat-trick as Chievo won 3-1 at 10-man Sassuolo, while Sampdoria scored three in the last 10 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory over Bologna.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 19PisacaneSubstituted forPadoinat 82'minutes
  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 24Capuano
  • 3IslaBooked at 78mins
  • 4DessenaSubstituted forIonitaat 62'minutes
  • 8Di GennaroBooked at 85mins
  • 18BarellaBooked at 67mins
  • 29Murru
  • 22BorrielloSubstituted forIbarboat 75'minutes
  • 25Sau

Substitutes

  • 12Miangue
  • 13Colombo
  • 20Padoin
  • 21Ionita
  • 26Crosta
  • 28Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 30Deiola
  • 32Ibarbo
  • 35Salamon
  • 77Tachtsidis

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26LichtsteinerBooked at 12mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 14minsSubstituted forRuganiat 18'minutes
  • 12Alex Sandro
  • 8MarchisioBooked at 43minsSubstituted forPjanicat 67'minutes
  • 6Khedira
  • 7CuadradoBooked at 57mins
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forLeminaat 90+1'minutes
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 90mins
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 4Benatia
  • 5Pjanic
  • 18Lemina
  • 20Pjaca
  • 22Asamoah
  • 23Dani Alves
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 27Sturaro
  • 28Rincón
  • 32Audero
Referee:
Gianpaolo Calvarese
Attendance:
15,874

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 0, Juventus 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 0, Juventus 2.

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Artur Ionita (Cagliari).

Attempt saved. Davide Di Gennaro (Cagliari) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Artur Ionita.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Mario Lemina replaces Paulo Dybala.

Booking

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Juventus).

Davide Di Gennaro (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Juventus).

Marco Sau (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Artur Ionita (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Davide Di Gennaro with a cross.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Leonardo Bonucci.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Juventus).

Simone Padoin (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Davide Di Gennaro (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Davide Di Gennaro (Cagliari).

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Simone Padoin replaces Fabio Pisacane.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Marco Capuano.

Attempt missed. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Mauricio Isla (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniele Rugani (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mauricio Isla (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Bruno Alves (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sami Khedira (Juventus).

Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Víctor Ibarbo replaces Marco Borriello.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Sandro with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sami Khedira (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marco Capuano (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Alves (Cagliari) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davide Di Gennaro with a cross.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

Attempt saved. Fabio Pisacane (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus24200449163360
2Roma24172550212953
3Napoli24156357263151
4Inter Milan24143739241545
5Atalanta24143739261345
6Lazio23134641271443
7Milan2312473327640
8Fiorentina2411764133840
9Torino249874536935
10Sampdoria249692930-133
11Chievo2495102531-632
12Udinese2485112732-529
13Sassuolo2483133340-727
14Bologna2476112337-1427
15Cagliari2483133250-1827
16Genoa2467112735-825
17Empoli2457121433-1922
18Palermo2435162045-2514
19Crotone2434172042-2213
20Pescara2416172255-339
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