Match - Mon 15 April, 20:45, Stadio Olimpico
Vidal brace sends Juve 11 points clear
Arturo Vidal, Juventus
Having suffered elimination from the Champions League with a 4-0 humbling by Bayern Munich last week, Juventus were looking to bounce back in style.
Lazio had faced Juventus on three previous occasions this season and were yet to be beaten by the Bianconeri, but their hopes of continuing on their unbeaten run were swiftly brought to an end.
They couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start than they did, conceding a penalty in the 7th minute. The foul was brought on after Mirko Vucinic burst into the box and was brought down in the Lorik Cana.
It was Arturo Vidal who stood up to take the spot kick and he made no error in sending Federico Marchetti the wrong way to make it 1-0.
Juventus nearly added a second to their tally, when Vucinic flicked in an Andrea Pirlo free-kick towards goal but it the heroics of Marchetti, who made a fantastic save off the line, kept the scoreline the same.
Cana then had a chance to make up for his earlier error when he was one-on-one with Gianluigi Buffon in goal, but he completely failed in connecting with the ball on the half-volley and it bounced away from goal.
The lead was eventually doubled when the ball took a lucky deflection into the path of Vidal and he calmly lobbed it over Marchetti to make it 2-0 just before the half hour mark, tallying in his second of the night.
Vladimir Petkovic was taking no chances in letting the game slip away and he opted for a double change after the break with Libor Kozak and Ederson coming on for Hernanes and Stefano Mauri respectively.
Lazio were denied of pulling a goal back after Buffon did well to smother a Mikael Ciani shot from the edge of the area, before Claudio Marchisio fluffed his effort with just the goalkeeper to beat on the other end of the field.
Ogenyi Onazi has been an influential force since returning from his successful stint in the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria, and he tried his luck from a Miroslav Klose layoff only for the ball to go off target.
There was no way back for Lazio as Juventus went on to claim a 2-0 win. The win means they also move 14 points clear off their rivals Milan who they play next Sunday evening.