Miralem Pjanic’s gorgeous effort and a late header from Cristiano Ronaldo noticed Juventus transfer prime of Serie A with a 2-0 victory over struggling SPAL.
Juve dominated all through Saturday’s encounter in Turin, however they discovered visiting goalkeeper Etrit Berisha in effective type.
It took a elegant strike from Pjanic to beat him – the playmaker breaking SPAL’s resistance with an exquisite effort within the forty fifth minute.
Having been denied by Berisha as soon as extra simply after the hour, Ronaldo lastly had his objective with 12 minutes remaining, heading dwelling from Paulo Dybala’s pinpoint cross to cap off a dominant Juve efficiency.
On his return after lacking the victory over Brescia, Ronaldo had Juve’s first sight of objective, drawing a wise cease from Berisha.
Ronaldo did beat Berisha within the nineteenth minute, however his deflected effort crept extensive of the right-hand upright.
Berisha quickly got here to SPAL’s rescue twice extra, tipping Dybala’s strike extensive earlier than he brilliantly stored out Aaron Ramsey’s close-range header.
However his work was undone on the stroke of half-time – Pjanic curling dwelling an distinctive first-time end from the sting of the world after SPAL’s goalkeeper mistakenly elected to punch, quite than catch, a cross.
Berisha made one other excellent cease early within the second half – this time getting all the way down to repel Sami Khedira’s header.
Dybala and Ronaldo examined Berisha in fast succession as Juve regarded to press dwelling their dominance, although it was not till the duo mixed that the hosts lastly had their second.
Having raced clear down the left, Dybala picked out his strike accomplice with an beautiful supply from which Ronaldo made no mistake, although there was nonetheless time for Berisha to make a ultimate cease to stop the Portugal ahead doubling his tally within the ultimate minute.
What does it imply? Juve again on prime… for now
It doesn’t look more likely to be a simple experience for Maurizio Sarri’s aspect in Serie A this season, although the champions moved into pole place with this win, briefly not less than.
Inter, nonetheless, would transfer again above the Bianconeri in the event that they sustain their good begin to the season in opposition to lowly Sampdoria.
Berisha blunts Juve’s assault
Juve’s dominant efficiency ought to have resulted in a much more convincing scoreline, and it might have achieved if not for Berisha. Nevertheless, SPAL’s star performer did make an error when he flapped at a cross previous to Pjanic’s opener and he may even have achieved higher with Ronaldo’s objective.
Juve’s wasteful assault a trigger for concern
Sarri shoehorned each Dybala and Ronaldo in to his staff, however whereas the person high quality of Juve’s star attackers isn’t doubtful, as a partnership they did not click on till the Argentina worldwide teed up the previous Actual Madrid star for the hosts’ second.
In the meantime, the supporting solid didn’t supply sufficient and, had SPAL been capable of supply extra of a menace up entrance, Juve might properly have did not take the factors from a match they dominated from the off.
Juve host Bayer Leverkusen within the Champions League on Tuesday, whereas SPAL face Parma of their subsequent Serie A outing.