Juventus vs. Chievo, final score 3-1: Bianconeri still coasting toward the scudetto

Valerio Pennicino

There was no comeback for the Verona side this time, unless you count an own goal provided by Juventus. Instead the Old Lady showed their dominance against a side falling back into the drop zone.

Much as they did at cross-town club Hellas Verona last weekend, Juventus took an early lead against Chievo Verona. The difference is, this time they refused to let the opposing side come back - although they did provide them with a consolation goal. That means the Old Lady have opened up a twelve-point lead over second place Roma, although it's worth noting that their closest challengers play Sampdoria Sunday evening, and still need to make up a match against Parma.

Kwadwo Asamoah got things started with a lovely goal in the 17th minute. The wingback collected the ball in midfield, exchanging passes with Fernando Llorente before sending in a curling shot form about twenty yards out.

The Flying Donkeys were foolish enough to concede a free-kick within Andrea Pirlo range when Nicolas Frey took down Arturo Vidal. Michael Agazzi beat away the maestro's attempt, but Claudio Marchisio was on hand to tap in the rebound. Thirty minutes in, and the hosts were up 2-0.

Being the generous souls they are, the biancocelesti gifted Chievo a goal to start off the second half. Stephan Lichtsteiner, attempting to clear the ball, hit it instead into Martín Cáceres. The ball bounced off the defender and into the back of the net.

Unlike last week, however, Juventus were able to quickly respond. Once again Agazzi managed to get a finger on a set piece delivered by Pirlo, but again, that just wasn't good enough from the goalkeeper. This time it was Fernando Llorente following it up, heading in Juve's third (or fourth, depending on how you're counting).

Juventus: Buffon, Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Lichtsteiner, Vidal (Padoin 85), Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Giovinco (Tévez 72), Llorente (Osvaldo 71)

Goals: Asamoah 17', Marchisio 29', Llorente 58'

Chievo Verona: Agazzi; Frey, Canini, Bernardini; Sardo, Guana, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Drame (Rubin 64); Stoian (Pellissier 45), Thereau (Obinna 78)

Goals: Cáceres og 51'

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