Juventus come to life with five-goal win

MILAN  Juventus ended their run of four successive Serie A draws with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Fiorentina, who played for more than one hour with 10 men on Saturday.

Saturday

Parma    0-2    Milan
Fiorentina    0-5    Juventus
Sunday
Cagliari    3 - 0    Cesena
Bologna    2 - 2    Chievo
Catania    1 - 0    Lazio
Inter    0 - 0    Atalanta
Lecce    1 - 1    Palermo
Siena    0 - 2    Novara

MILAN

Juventus ended their run of four successive Serie A draws with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Fiorentina, who played for more than one hour with 10 men on Saturday.

Still unbeaten this season, second-placed Juventus stayed four points behind AC Milan after the leaders won 2-0 at Parma with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty and a brilliant solo goal by Urby Emanuelson.

Milan, who brought on Gennaro Gattuso late in the game for his first appearance since suffering an eye problem in September which led to speculation he may have to abandon his career, have 60 points from 28 games.

Club president Silvio Berlusconi was among the crowd for Milan’s fourth successive away win.

“The presence of the president away from home was a good sign. When he’s here there’s more motivation to do well,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Juventus had drawn six of their last seven games, allowing Milan to overhaul them in the process, but got off the mark in style at Fiorentina as Mirko Vucinic curled in an exquisite effort from the edge of the area after 15 minutes.

Six minutes later, Fiorentina had Alessio Cerci sent off for kicking Paolo De Ceglie off the ball and when Chilean Arturo Vidal scored a second for the visitors before the half hour, it was all over as a contest.

Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and substitute Simone Padoin were on target after the break as Juve chalked up their biggest win of the season.

 

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