Italian Serie A - Classy Juventus put Lazio to the sword

Serie A, Juventus Stadium – Juventus 4 (Vidal 14’, 26’ Vucinic 49’ Tévez 80') Lazio 1 (Klose 28')

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Juventus' Arturo Vidal (C) celebrates with his team mates after scoring against Lazio

Juventus continued their perfect start to the season with a dominant 4-1 win over ten-man Lazio, as Carlos Tevez netted for the third successive game.

A double by Arturo Vidal and strikes by Mirko Vucinic added to Tevez' goal gave the Serie A champions an impressive victory, with Hernanes' second half dismissal undoing Lazio’s good work in the first half.

Juventus took the lead after 14 minutes, when Vidal finished off an exceptional team move by poking the ball under the advancing Federico Marchetti following Paul Pogba’s well-time through ball.

And the home side doubled their lead before the half hour mark, with Vidal doubling his tally by latching on to Leonardo Bonucci's long ball forward and calmly dispatching home from close range.

However despite Juventus' dominance Lazio hit back just minutes later, when Klose tucked home the rebound from Hernanes powerful drive at goal, halving the deficit and giving his side hope heading into the break.

But Juve regained their two-goal lead within four minutes of the restart when Vucinic flicked the ball past the helpless Marchetti following another long ball over the top by Bonucci.

Lazio were reduced to ten men with just over an hour played, when Hernanes was shown a second yellow card for a deliberate handball.

And the home side rounded off an impressive display with ten minutes left to play, when Tevez angled a side-footed shot into the bottom corner.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Arturo Vidal (Juventus): With Andrea Pirlo crowded out for much of the game the onus was on the Chilean to deliver, and he did that in every way. His two goals were taken well, but his energy and creativity in the centre gave Juventus the traction that saw them overrun Lazio.

PLAYER RATINGS:

Juventus: Buffon 5, Barzagli 5, Bonucci 7, Chiellini 6, Pirlo 6, Pogba 6, Vidal 9, Asamoah 6, Lichtsteiner 7, Tevez 8, Vucinic 7.

Lazio: Marchetti 8, Cavanda 6, Novaretti 5, Cana 5, Radu 5, Biglia 5, Hernanes 7, Gonzalez 4, Lulic 5, Candreva 7, Klose 5. Subs – Flocarri 4, Ledesma 5.

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