Dybala and Vlahovic earn Juventus easy win over Salernitana
First-half goals from Paulo Dybala and Dusan Vlahovic earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 win over bottom side Salernitana on Sunday, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side kept in touch with Serie A leaders AC Milan.
Starting his first game in more than a month after an injury layoff, Dybala wasted no time in getting back among the goals, sweeping his side in front inside five minutes.
Striker Vlahovic then missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0, before making one count, rising highest to head home and effectively put the game to bed in the 29th minute.
In the second half the visitors rallied and created some openings of their own, with Federico Bonazzoli’s volley brilliantly kept out by Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, but they could not force their way back into the contest.
The hosts held on to stretch their unbeaten league run to 16 matches, closing the gap to leaders Milan to seven points, while also now sitting one point behind champions Inter Milan in third.
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“My job is to do well in these final weeks of the season,” Allegri told DAZN. “Once we raised the intensity level this season and played more as a team, the results have been marvellous.
“It’s an important stage of the season, we can still have our say in Serie A and the Coppa Italia.”
Before Sunday’s encounter, Allegri had urged his side to forget their third successive Champions League exit at the round-of-16 stage in midweek by putting Salernitana to the sword, with the Juve coach going for it by naming both Dybala and Vlahovic from the start.
It did not take long for the pair to combine as Vlahovic superbly played in Dybala, who cut on to his left before firing in off the post.
January signing Vlahovic then channelled his inner Cristiano Ronaldo, leaping high into the air to head home his fourth Serie A goal for Juve to continue his impressive start to life in Turin.
The rest of the match was just about seeing out the result that keeps Serie A’s most successful side in with a shout of winning the Scudetto when they had looked well out of the race after a disappointing start to the season.
Abraham fires double to give Roma derby spoils
A double from English striker Tammy Abraham helped AS Roma earn the derby spoils with an emphatic 3-0 win over Lazio in Serie A on Sunday.
It took Abraham less than a minute to get on the scoresheet from close range from a corner in the Stadio Olimpico, with the marking from Lazio leaving much to be desired.
The former Chelsea forward then bravely got on the end of a Rick Karsdorp cross to double Roma’s lead in the 22nd minute, taking his Serie A tally to 15 for the season.
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Abraham has now scored 23 goals in all competitions this term – the most for a debut campaign for Roma, two ahead of Argentine great Gabriel Batistuta’s first year in the capital.
Goal of the match, however, went to Lorenzo Pellegrini, who curled a stunning free-kick into the net five minutes before the break to effectively end the derby as a contest.
Lazio could not rouse a response in the second half, as Roma climbed above their city rivals into fifth in the Serie A standings on 51 points, eight points behind Juventus in fourth.