Dybala stars for Juventus


February 18, 2017

TURIN, Italy (AP):

Paulo Dybala orchestrated his former side's destruction as Juventus beat relegation-threatened Palermo 4-1 to move 10 points clear in Serie A yesterday.

Dybala, who also hit the post, scored two and set up another against the side that brought him to Italy from Argentina.

Juventus, who are marching towards an unprecedented sixth successive Serie A title, extended their lead over second-placed Roma, who host Torino tomorrow.

The result also extended Juve's Serie A record to 29 consecutive home wins and leaves them full of confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 match against Porto.

Palermo remained 18th, eight points from safety.

Dybala spent three seasons at Palermo before moving to Juventus for $36 million in 2015 and he clearly still has a lot of affection for the Sicilian side.

The 23-year-old Dybala almost scored in the fifth minute but saw his free kick come off the left post.

Juventus did take the lead eight minutes later when Gonzalo Higuain got on the end of a free kick and, although he was denied by Palermo goalkeeper Josip Posavec, Claudio Marchisio fired the rebound into the roof of the net.

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