Juventus vs. Udinese, Final Score 4-0: Pogba stunner sets up dominant Juve win

Valerio Pennicino

Juventus finally got their 2013 going, sending out a warning shot to Napoli and Lazio that their poor run is now officially over.

Juventus thumped Udinese to get their first league win of 2013 with a Paul Pogba double, the first of which a stunning strike, setting them on their way in a match they dominated from start to finish.

Juventus came charging out of the start house and had a chance within half a minute, Sebiastian Giovinco feeding Emanuele Giaccherini in the area and his flick was narrowly missed by Paolo De Ceglie. This rather set the tone for the first half, as Juventus dominated and created chance after chance.

Mirko Vucinic found the run of Giovinco, and after turning in the box to free himself from the attentions of Danilo, hit a weak curling effort straight into the arms of stand-in Udinese goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

The next chance fell to Paul Pogba, heading Giovinco's inswinging corner over from a mere three yards, the Frenchman complaining that he was impeded by the attentions of Dusan Basta.

Juventus continued to press and were continually finding space between the Udinese midfield and defence, with all of Juve's midfielders pouring forward at any opportunity. Paolo De Ceglie found space down the left hand side and crossed low into the box, Danilo fluffed his clearance straight into the feet of Stephan Lichtsteiner but the Swiss wing-back's shot was weak and Danilo recovered to make the block.

A rare foray forward from Udinese resulted in a free kick which was hit straight into Buffon's arms. The resulting counter attack put Giovinco up against two defenders, his shot was blocked but it fell kindly to Arturo Vidal and his powerful left footed effort was well saved by Padelli.

For a time, it looked as it all of Juve's hard work would go unrewarded, as chance after chance went begging, Vucinic exchanging passes with Lichtsteiner then hesitating at exactly the wrong moment, by the time he recovered to get a shot off he could only find the roof of the net.

It was a moment of unadulterated brilliance that provided Juventus with their deserved lead. After 40 minutes, Lichtsteiner's right wing cross was cleared only as far as Paul Pogba and the Frenchman hit the bouncing ball first time from all of 30 yards out, the shot rocketing off his boot and nestling itself in the back of the net via the crossbar. It was one of the best strikes you will see all season in not just in Italy, but in Europe.

After the break, Udinese managed to warm into the match and have a few spells of decent possession, and their first real opportunity of the match came when Andrea Lazzari found some space down the left hand side, and crossed in for Luis Muriel who completely mis-kicked his volley and Buffon was able to smother the ball comfortably.

Although the Zebrette were enjoying more possession, Juventus still looked comfortable and the midfield three of Vidal, Giaccherini and Pogba dominated the centre of the field. Pogba fed Giaccherini and the Italian made himself space for a shot, but his side-footed effort was straight at Padelli.

Udinese carved another opportunity when Dusan Basta's right-wing cross was met by Muriel 18 yards out, however his attempt at a volley scuffed off his studs and bounced harmlessly wide of Buffon's goal.

Juventus began to assert their authority once more and after Arturo Vidal's shot was blocked when he was left in acres of space inside the box, Paul Pogba popped up again and, encouraged by the crowd, shot low and hard from 25 yards, his effort finding the bottom corner and putting Juventus 2-0 up.

Six minutes later, the advantage was stretched again, as Giaccherini took a short corner to Vidal on the corner of the box, his pass finding Mirko Vucinic with his back to goal. Thomas Heurtaux allowed Vucinic to turn and stab a shot on goal, which slipped through Padelli's fingers and in.

Antonio Di Natale fired over from 20 yards with three players around him but that was as good as it got for Udinese as Juventus comfortably saw the result out. With 10 minutes remaining, Mirko Vucinic's delightful chipped ball found substitute Alessandro Matri behind the Zebrette defence and he calmly placed the ball through Padelli's legs and in to seal the result and officially proclaim Juventus out of their early-2013 'slump'.

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Lichtsteiner, De Ceglie (Isla 83), Vidal (Padoin 78), Pogba, Giaccherini; Giovinco (Matri 46), Vucinic

Udinese: Padelli; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Pasquale, Lazzari, Pinzi, Allan; Pereyra (Di Natale 50); Muriel (Maicosuel 73)

Goals: Pogba 41 (J), Pogba 66 (J), Vucinic 72 (J), Matri 80 (J)

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