Post subject: Juventus take giant step towards Scudetto with Palermo win
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| Following Napoli‘s slip up on Saturday, Juventus took full advantage against Palermo in Turin on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 win over the Rosanero.
The Partenopei fell to defeat to Inter at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to give Juve the chance to open up a nine-point gap with five games remaining.
In turn, Massimiliano Allegri’s side didn’t disappoint with goals from Sami Khedira, Paul Pogba. Juan Cuadrado and Simone Padoin sealing the win as they took another huge step towards securing what would be a fifth consecutive Serie A title.
The hosts came bursting out of the traps as they put sustained pressure on their opponents with Khedira going close in the early stages.
However, the German international didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as he produced an excellent piece of control before keeping his composure to rifle home the opening goal.
Pogba went close to adding a second, but the home side let sloppiness creep into their play as the half wore on, with Andrea Barzagli producing a goal-line clearance to deny Aleksandar Trajkowski, before Ivaylo Chochev went close.
Patrice Evra almost doubled his side’s lead just before the half-time whistle, but he sent his header wide from a pin-perfect Paulo Dybala cross as the hosts began to show signs of regaining their focus.
Nevertheless, Allegri’s afternoon was soured as Claudio Marchisio picked up what looked like a serious knee injury, as the player himself and Antonio Conte will now face an anxious wait to determine the extent of the problem ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.
As for his side’s title charge, Allegri saw his players come out with renewed effort after the break as Pogba, Cuadrado and Padoin made the game safe to spark scenes of celebrations in the stands.
Although the title has yet to be secured, the reigning Serie A champions look in a strong position to defend their crown as they continue to break away from Napoli who will be under pressure to keep up their fight against Bologna on Tuesday night.
Juventus are back in action against Lazio in midweek as they march on towards the Scudetto, while Palermo will continue their bid to avoid the drop when they host Atalanta on Wednesday night.