Juventus: Vidal brace helps take club to the top

Arturo Vidal Serie A

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Arturo Vidal scored twice to help Serie A champions Juventus to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Lazio.

Vidal’s double strike looked to have put the game beyond doubt as early as the 26th minute, but Miroslav Klose replied for the visitors two minutes later to give them some cause for optimism.

However, that hope evaporated just four minutes into the second half though when Mirko Vucinic gave the home side their third goal, and the match effectively ended on the hour when Hernanes was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Carlos Tevez popped up in the 80th minute to complete the rout that sees Juventus go joint top of the table.

Defender Leonardo Bonucci played his part with two assists, and afterwards said: “This is the Juve that coach Antonio Conte wants.

“We had the same aggression that has marked us out over the last two years.”

Elsewhere, goals from Mario Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain, his first since joining from Real Madrid, helped Napoli to overcome Chievo 4-2 away. Coach Rafa Benitez nearly saw his side slip up through lack of concentration, but Hamsik for one was always confident that they would leave with all three points.

“We let them back into the game twice but I knew that if we scored another that we would win,” he said after taking his total to four so far in Serie A this term.

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