Juventus cruise past Pescara to open seven-point Serie A lead, Napoli win

Juventus swept Pescara aside 3-0 in Turin to extend their lead at the top of Serie A over Roma to seven points on Saturday night.

With Roma not in action until their trip to Atalanta on Sunday, Massimiliano Allegri’s much-changed side made no mistakes against the Delfini.

Sami Khedira put the home side in front on 36 minutes, finishing a neat move in the penalty area.

Mario Mandzukic, converting from close range, and Hernanes, who drilled in a 25-yard effort, then struck twice in the space of six minutes midway through the second half to make sure of victory.

With the points secure, there was also the opportunity for Allegri to hand a late debut to 16-year-old forward Moise Kean.

Lorenzo Insigne scored twice as title hopefuls Napoli returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Udinese at the Dacia Arena.

Thrust into a central role as a result of the sale of Gonzalo Higuain and Arkadiusz Milik’s serious injury, Insigne had failed to notch in 11 league games this season before finding form in Udine.

He twice played the role of fox-in-the-box to guide Napoli to a first win in three attempts, a result which lifts them to fourth in the table. Stipe Perica managed to score for Udinese, who are 13th.

Massimo Gobbi helped Chievo stop the rot by scoring the only goal of a 1-0 home win over Cagliari.

The former Parma midfielder snapped the Flying Donkeys’ five-game winless run with a cool finish in the 53rd minute at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

Chievo were dominant in Verona and might have added further goals through Sergio Pellissier and Lucas Castro, while Portugal defender Bruno Alves enjoyed the best opportunity for Cagliari.

The Sardinians, following a fourth defeat from five games, slip one place to 12th while Chievo jump above Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Genoa to reach eighth.

Espn

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