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Juve rout Roma to go eight clear

Agence France-Presse . Milan

Juventus’ defender Leonardo Bonucci (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against AS Roma on Sunday at Juventus Stadium in Turin. — AFP photo Juventus’ defender Leonardo Bonucci (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against AS Roma on Sunday at Juventus Stadium in Turin. — AFP photo

Juventus romped to a 3-0 win over nine-man Roma on Sunday to end the visitors’ unbeaten run in the league this season and extend their lead in Serie A to eight points.
The early spark shown by Rudi Garcia’s men fizzled out quickly and any kind of fightback from going 2-0 down in the 48th minute looked slim after Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan were sent off late in the second half.
Juve’s 16th win of the campaign left them top on 49 points, eight ahead of Roma and 13 ahead of Napoli ahead of their home game against Sampdoria on Monday when the rest of the programme will resume.
Juve broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Arturo Vidal chipped Morgan De Sanctis at his near post after Carlos Tevez had been given far too much time to set up the Chilean.
De Sanctis and Gianluigi Buffon were both kept busy but the hosts began a period of domination which ultimately saw several chances go amiss.
Vidal dispossessed Pjanic to counter and set up Tevez, only for Lichtsteiner to head the cross waywards.
Paul Pogba’s shot from Pirlo’s short free-kick was then blocked while Bonucci just failed to reach Tevez’s drive across goal and Fernando Llorente saw an angled drive float just over after Tevez’s lay-off.
Juve resumed in similar fashion after the interval and stunned Roma when Bonucci ghosted in at the far post to slid Pirlo’s sublime free-kick past De Sanctis three minutes after the restart.
Roma created two half-chances but an alert Buffon came out to block Pjanic’s deep cross for Strootman, while Totti was promptly pushed off the ball after being put through with a chance on goal.
Totti, who had added spice to the fixture with criticism of the club in previous days, was jeered off the pitch on his way to being replaced by Alessandro Florenzi.
With one elder statesman gone, Roma’s chances looked slim but suffered another blow when Daniele De Rossi saw red on 75 minutes for a needless but vicious tackle on Chiellini.
Barely two minutes later he was followed by defender Leandro Castan, who was sent off for handball on the goal-line, handing Juve a penalty which Mirko Vucinic, who had replaced Tevez on the hour, drove with ease past De Sanctis.

RESULTS
Chievo 0 Cagliari 0; Fiorentina 1 (Rodriguez 66) Livorno 0; Juventus 3 (Vidal 17, Bonucci 48, Vucinic 77-pen) Roma 0




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