Sunday 15 December 2019

Italian Round-Up: Tevez brace extends Juventus record

Juventus' Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring against Atalanta
Juventus' Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring against Atalanta

Juventus maintained their 100pc record in Serie A with a 3-0 win at Atalanta, spurred on by two Carlos Tevez goals and a penalty save from Gianluigi Buffon, which means that the champions have still to concede a goal this season.

Tevez gave Juventus a 36th-minute lead when he poked home a loose ball from close range.

The game swung decisively in Juve's direction in 60 remarkable seconds just before the hour.

Atalanta were awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Giorgio Chiellini but, after a stuttering run-up, German Denis saw his weak effort saved by Buffon. Juve went straight down the other end and Tevez scored with a low shot from the edge of the area. Alvaro Morata wrapped up the win by heading his first goal for the Turin team.

Albin Ekdal took advantage of a dramatic Inter Milan collapse to score a 15-minute first-half hat-trick and give Cagliari a 4-1 win at the San Siro.

Napoli eased the pressure on Rafael Benitez with a 1-0 win at Sassuolo, ending a run of three games without a win, and AC Milan were held 1-1 at promoted Cesena.

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