June 22, 2018

Dybala dances past Lazio to continue Juve’s Serie A revival

The Old Lady secured their fifth successive Serie A win and moved the four-time defending champion level on points with fourth-placed Roma.


MILAN: Paulo Dybala scored a stunning goal as well as setting up the opener to propel Juventus to a 2-0 win at Lazio on Friday as Massimiliano Allegri’s team continues to push its way up the Serie A table.

Dybala had forced Lazio defender Santiago Gentiletti into an early own goal before coming up with a moment of magic shortly after the half hour.

The Argentine controlled Mario Mandzukic’s pass, flicked it up and volleyed it into the bottom corner. Dybala has played a part in 10 of Juventus’ goals this season – scoring seven and assisting a further three.

It was Juventus’ fifth successive league win and moved the four-time defending champion level on points with fourth-placed Roma as it recovers from a woeful start to the season.

Roma visits Torino on Saturday. Lazio fell to its fifth defeat in six matches.

Dybala has gone from strength to strength since joining Juventus from Palermo in the offseason for 32 million euros (then $36 million).

The forward, who turned 22 last month, proved effective again in the seventh minute. Alex Sandro’s cross from the left was cut out but only as far as Dybala inside the area and he fired it back across the six-yard box where it went in off Gentiletti.

Lazio dominated possession but created little of note and never really looked like getting back into the match after Juventus doubled its lead, with Dybala’s wickedly dipping effort.

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon marked his 400th Serie A appearance with his third successive clean sheet. Juventus has let in just two goals in its five-match winning run.

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