Dybala shines for Juventus


January 07, 2016
Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring during a Serie A match between Juventus and Verona at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy yesterday. Juventus won 3-0.


With Paulo Dybala performing like Andrea Pirlo, Juventus picked up right where they left off before the holiday break. Dybala scored with a curling free kick and also set up a goal as Juventus swept aside last-place Hellas Verona 3-0 for their eighth straight win in Serie A yesterday.

Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Zaza also scored for the four-time defending champions who were coming off a 17-day rest.

"The lads did well to get right back into the league, which is never easy after the holidays," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We weren't very sharp, especially at the start, but we didn't concede anything."

Juventus remained three points behind leaders Inter Milan, who won 1-0 at Empoli with a first-half goal from Mauro Icardi.

Second-place Fiorentina was one point off the lead following a 3-1 win at Palermo, where Josip Ilicic scored twice.

Napoli are third, level on points with Fiorentina, after beating Torino 2-1 with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik.

Also, Roma wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw at Chievo Verona to remain fifth.

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