Italian Serie A
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Miralem Pjanic winner keeps leaders Juventus on track

Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic's free-kick winner was his third Serie A goal of the season

Miralem Pjanic's superb free-kick with 15 minutes left cemented Juventus' Serie A lead as they won at Chievo.

The champions suffered an early setback when defender Andrea Barzagli was carried off on a stretcher.

Mario Mandzukic, who missed two good first-half chances, put Juve in front with a cool finish from Juan Cuadrado's through pass.

Sergio Pellissier equalised with a penalty after Stephan Lichtsteiner fouled him, but then Pjanic struck.

It meant that Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was able to celebrate as he became only the fourth player to make 600 Serie A appearances, while defeat leaves Chievo without a victory in five league matches.

AC Milan, who started the day in third, remain five points behind Juve after a late 2-1 victory at struggling Palermo, with Gianluca Lapadula scoring the 82nd-minute winner.

Milan climbed to second for a few hours, before Roma moved back above them by beating Bologna 3-0 in the 19:45 GMT kick-off. Palermo, in the relegation zone, have yet to collect a point at home this season.

Elsewhere, former Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone, now 37, scored twice as Empoli - with only two goals in their previous 11 league games - moved clear of the relegation zone with a 4-0 victory at troubled Pescara, while Atalanta earned a 3-0 victory at Sassuolo and Genoa drew 1-1 with Udinese.

In the two 17:00 GMT matches, Inter Milan - managerless following the dismissal of Frank De Boer on Tuesday - beat Crotone 3-0, and Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Sampdoria.

Line-ups

Chievo

  • 70Sorrentino
  • 13IzcoSubstituted forPellissierat 61'minutes
  • 2Spolli
  • 3DainelliBooked at 30mins
  • 18GobbiBooked at 34mins
  • 29CacciatoreBooked at 90mins
  • 19Castro
  • 8RadovanovicBooked at 45mins
  • 56Hetemaj
  • 23BirsaSubstituted forde Guzmánat 76'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 83Floro FloresSubstituted forIngleseat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Guzmán
  • 5Gamberini
  • 12Cesar
  • 20Sardo
  • 21Frey
  • 27Parigini
  • 28Bastien
  • 31Pellissier
  • 36Costa
  • 45Inglese
  • 90Seculin
  • 98Confente

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26LichtsteinerBooked at 65minsSubstituted forAlves da Silvaat 84'minutes
  • 4Benatia
  • 15BarzagliSubstituted forBonucciat 5'minutes
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 40mins
  • 5Pjanic
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 27SturaroBooked at 80mins
  • 7Ju CuadradoBooked at 48mins
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forEvraat 80'minutes
  • 17Mandzukic

Substitutes

  • 6Khedira
  • 8Marchisio
  • 18Lemina
  • 19Bonucci
  • 23Alves da Silva
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 32Audero
  • 33Evra
  • 34Kean
Referee:
Paolo Valeri
Attendance:
26,000

Match Stats

Home TeamChievoAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Chievo 1, Juventus 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chievo 1, Juventus 2.

Attempt missed. Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Stefano Sorrentino.

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo).

Attempt missed. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

Foul by Stefano Sturaro (Juventus).

Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Stefano Sorrentino.

Attempt saved. Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo).

Substitution

Substitution, Chievo. Roberto Inglese replaces Antonio Floro Flores.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Dani Alves replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Booking

Jonathan de Guzmán (Chievo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Chievo).

Attempt blocked. Jonathan de Guzmán (Chievo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Floro Flores.

Booking

Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefano Sturaro (Juventus).

Ivan Radovanovic (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Patrice Evra replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Pellissier (Chievo).

Substitution

Substitution, Chievo. Jonathan de Guzmán replaces Valter Birsa.

Goal!

Goal! Chievo 1, Juventus 2. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicolás Spolli (Chievo).

Hernanes (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Valter Birsa (Chievo).

Foul by Medhi Benatia (Juventus).

Sergio Pellissier (Chievo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nicolás Spolli (Chievo) because of an injury.

Offside, Juventus. Miralem Pjanic tries a through ball, but Juan Cuadrado is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Chievo 1, Juventus 1. Sergio Pellissier (Chievo) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) after a foul in the penalty area.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 6th November 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus1210022591630
2Roma1282229121726
3AC Milan128131915425
4Lazio1264223131022
5Atalanta127141913622
6Napoli126332113821
7Torino1254327161119
8Fiorentina114521411317
9Inter Milan125251614217
10Genoa114431311216
11Cagliari125162029-916
12Chievo124351214-215
13Udinese124351619-315
14Sampdoria124351317-415
15Bologna123451118-713
16Sassuolo124171422-813
17Empoli12246613-710
18Pescara12147920-117
19Palermo12138923-146
20Crotone121291024-145
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