Juve up and running in Serie A

Gianluigi Buffon Juve Juventus

Juventus got their Serie A title defence off to a superb start as they demolished Cagliari 3-0 on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic kicked off proceedings at the Allianz Stadium on just 12 minutes, and after Gianluigi Buffon saved a 39th minute Diego Farias penalty, the home side took full control of this tie.

Paulo Dybala scored his obligatory goal on the stroke of half-time before Gonzalo Higuain killed off the match as a contest with 66 minutes played.

Buffon saved the ever first spot-kick awarded using VAR in Serie A ascofficial Fabio Maresca adjudged Alex Sandro to have illegally tackled Duje Cop.

A ten-man Napoli, meanwhile, eased past Hellas Verona 3-1, in the only other Serie A tie played on Saturday.

Samuel Souprayen was unfortunate to turn into his own net on 32 minutes before Arkadiusz Milik doubled Napoli’s lead on 39 minutes at the Stadio Marc’Antonio.

Faouzi Ghoulam added a third on 62 minutes while Giampaolo Pazzini pulled one back from the penalty spot on 83 minutes following a red card to Elseid Hysaj for his foul on Daniel Bessa in the box.

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