Juventus Cruises Past Lazio In Serie A

Juventus hardly broke a sweat in its 2-0 victory over Lazio in Serie A action at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Monday.

The Italian champions extended their lead to 11 points over closest rivals Napoli and are firmly on track to win their second consecutive league title.

Arturo Vidal led the way with two goals in the first 30 minutes as Juve bounced back from its Champions League exit to Bayern Munich last week in fine style.

The visitors wasted no time in getting down to business as they won a penalty early on when Lorik Cana took down Mirko Vucinic in the box.

Vidal stepped up and made no mistake from the spot in the seventh minute, giving Juve an early advantage it would not relinquish.

The Serie A champions almost doubled their lead moments later when Andrea Pirlo picked out Vucinic but the former Roma man could not slid the ball past Federico Marchetti.

It was a sign of things to come though and in the 26th minute Juve did indeed extend its advantage.

Vucinic did well to find Vidal in stride and the Chilean made no mistake, expertly slotting the ball past Marchetti to give Juve a 2-0 lead.

Juventus was in firm control and Claudio Marchisio had a decent chance to inflict further damage but could not hit the target.

Still it was all Juve heading into the half-time interval. It was more of the same after the break, as Pirlo almost made it three if not for a fine save by Marchetti.

Lazio finally mustered up a couple of decent scoring opportunities but Gigi Buffon was either up to the task or the home side’s forwards could not hit the net.

Juve endured a late scare when Miroslav Klose should have scored but the game was out of reach by then.

Juventus now hold a commanding 11-point lead over Napoli with only six rounds left in the Serie A season.