December 6, 2013
SOCCER — ITALIAN LEAGUESunday, September 1, 2013
Juventus beats Lazio 4-1
Higuaín scores first goal with Napoli in 4-2 victory
Arturo Vidal scored twice and Carlos Tevez added another goal as champion Juventus won 4-1 over 10-man Lazio in Turin. Gonzalo Higuaín scored his first goal in the Serie A as Napoli defeated Chievo Verona 4-2.
MILAN — Juventus cruised to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Lazio in Serie A yesterday as the capital club fell to another hefty defeat at the hands of the defending champion.
Lazio was looking to avenge its 4-0 Super Cup loss to Juventus two weeks ago, but two world-class finishes from Arturo Vidal sent Juventus on its way to another victory.
Miroslav Klose reduced the deficit with his first goal against Juventus but Mirko Vucinic restored the home side’s two-goal advantage shortly after halftime.
Lazio was forced to play nearly half an hour with 10 men after Hernanes was sent off for a second yellow card. And Carlos Tevez — who had earlier hit the crossbar — scored his third goal in as many games.
Earlier, last year’s runner-up Napoli beat Chievo Verona 4-2 in another entertaining game. Gonzalo Higuaín scored his first Serie A goal to help Napoli maintain its perfect start under Rafael Benítez.
Higuaín started despite having had eight stitches in his face after injuring himself by diving off a boat onto a rock on Monday.
Napoli had lost its past three matches at the Staido Bentegodi without scoring a goal but took the lead in the 13th minute with Marek Hamsik firing Lorenzo Insigne’s pass in off the right post from 20 metres.
Chievo drew level in the 25th following a good cross from Perparim Hetemaj to find Alberto Paloschi, who — alone in front of goal — drove the ball under Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
However, José Callejón restored Napoli’s advantage almost immediately, firing Higuaín’s low pass in at the back post for his second goal in as many games since signing from Real Madrid.
Chievo was back on level terms five minutes from halftime as Paloschi scored his second of the game in a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Hamsik scored his fourth goal in two matches in the 64th minute, firing home a loose ball after Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni stuck out a foot to prevent an own goal.
Higuaín — who joined from Real Madrid in a deal worth an estimated 53 million dollars — sealed the result 20 minutes from time following some great work from Insigne. Higuaín burst into the area and saw his initial effort saved by Puggioni but the Argentina striker fired in the rebound.
Both Napoli and Juventus have won their opening two matches but this was a lot more convincing a result from Antonio Conte’s team than last week’s narrow 1-0 win over Sampdoria and will serve as a warning sign of just how difficult it will be to prevent Juve from claiming a third successive league title.