Arturo Vidal scored twice and Carlos Tevez added another goal as champion Juventus joined last season’s runner-up Napoli at the top of Serie A on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over 10-man Lazio in Turin.
Napoli also made it two victories from two games earlier in the day, overcoming Chievo 4-2 in Verona with two goals from in-form Slovakian Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain’s first Serie A strike.
Two cool Vidal finishes in the 14th and 26th minutes looked to have put the game beyond Lazio but German striker Miroslav Klose pulled a goal back to give the visitors some hope.
Mirko Vucinic extended Juventus’ lead with a deft finish four minutes after the break before Brazilian midfielder Hernanes was sent off for a second booking following a handball.
Argentine Tevez provided a neat fourth from 20 meters with 10 minutes to go to finish off Vladimir Petkovic’s side.
“This is the Juve that (coach Antonio) Conte wants. We had the same aggression that has marked us out over the last two years,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci after his two assists.
Alberto Paloschi twice leveled for Chievo in Verona after Hamsik, with a superb long-range strike, and then Jose Callejon, with a tap-in, had put the visitors ahead. Rafa Benitez’s Napoli seized control in the second half and Hamsik’s close-range volley after a defensive mix-up gave it a deserved lead in the 64th.
Argentina international Higuain sealed the points six minutes later when he took Lorenzo Insigne’s through ball and squeezed home his first league goal since joining from Real Madrid in the close season.
AC Milan and Fiorentina were in action yesterday, the latter travelling to Genoa and the former hosting Cagliari.