Juventus made clear their scudetto intentions with an emphatic 4-0 win over AS Roma on Sunday night. Before ten minutes had passed, Arturo Vidal already had a brace, which was followed by goals by Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio. The win moves Juve back to the top of the table, where they sit alone after AC Milan's draw against Bologna earlier in the day.
It took less than five minutes for Juve to open the scoring, pouring plenty of pressure on the visitors right from the start. Paolo De Ceglie easily shook off Simon Kjær, and a cheeky little flick from Mirko Vucinic sent the ball right on to Vidal. A touch with his left foot and the ball was in the back of the net.
Vidal's second was even more impressive. A lay off from Vucinic set up the Chilean, who took it on his right foot this time, sending a rocket past the diving Maarten Stekelenburg. Not even ten minutes had passed, and Roma looked ready to give up the ghost already.
But, in typical Roma fashion, the visitors couldn't simply go quietly into that good night. Nope, they had to up the drama by getting their goalkeeper sent off in the 27th minute. Claudio Marchisio, charging up the left, flicked the ball past Stekelenburg, but got caught by the keeper and went to ground. Despite the fact that the ball was heading out for a goal kick, the referee showed red anyway, bringing Roma down to ten men. Substitute keeper Gianluca Curci managed to save the fairly weak penalty from Pirlo, but the rebound went straight back to the midfielder, who buried it for Juve's third.
The home side was at least kind enough to wait until after the break to grab another goal. Curci had no chance on this one, a beauty from Marchisio. The midfielder took his shot from about twenty yards out, slotting it into the bottom corner and looking quite sexy while doing so. After the fourth goal, though, Juventus slowed down a bit, content to simply toy with the giallorossi.
Remember the mercy rule from Little League? I bet Roma spent the majority of that match wishing it applied to calcio.