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Juve Up To Second After Miralem Pjanic Inspires Bianconeri

Juventus won 3-0 at Bologna to leapfrog Inter Milan into second spot, a point behind Serie A leader Napoli.

Miralem Pjanic inspired Juventus to a comfortable victory 3-0 win at Bologna, despite the absence of a number of key players through injury, including captain Gianluigi Buffon.

Paulo Dybala was dropped for the second successive match because of poor form.

Juve made three changes from the goalless draw with Inter, with Andrea Barzagli, Alex Sandro and Douglas Costa replacing Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah and Juan Cuadrado, as they looked to keep up the pressure on league leaders Napoli.

While Bologna made three changes from their 2-1 defeat at AC Milan, with Ibrahim Mbaye, Andrea Poli and nineteen year old Orji Okwonkwo, making his first start in Serie A, replacing Vasilis Torosidis, Adam Nagy and Rodrigo Palacio

Bologna started brightly but Juventus took the lead in the 27th when Pjanic curled a trademark free kick into the top left corner.

No player in the last 10 years has scored more goals from free kicks than Miralem Pjanic in Serie A.

Pjanic turned provider nine minutes later with a precise ball over the top for Mario Mandzukic to control on his chest and fire into the far side of the net.

Blaise Matuidi scored his first goal in Italian football shortly after the hour. Alex Sandro’s cross was headed away by Filip Helander but only as far as Matuidi and the France midfielder drove the ball into the bottom left corner.

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