Two red cards and a late penalty miss contributed to a dramatic match at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday as Juventus beat second-place Napoli 2-1 to continue its seemingly unstoppable march toward...
Ronaldo sent off in 1st Champions League game with Juventus
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in his first Champions League match for Juventus, leaving the Portugal star in tears as he walked off the pitch.
Ronaldo was dismissed in the 29th minute of Juve's match at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling with Jeison Murillo. The score was goalless at the time but Juventus went on to win 2-0, with Miralem Pjanic converting two penalties.
Ronaldo draws another blank as Juventus beats Lazio 2-0
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Two games, zero goals. Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't even score from four meters (yards) on Saturday.
The Juventus forward was, however, able to offer a wry smile at his misfortune as he threw his hands up in the air.
Ronaldo seemed certain to open his Serie A account in the 75th minute of the 2-0 victory against Lazio.
ROME (AP) — Juventus can celebrate the first of two titles won over the space of four days inside Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Debt-ridden AC Milan wants to justify its preseason spending spree and take home a trophy ahead of likely punishment from UEFA for financial fair play violations.
What's at stake is vastly different for the two clubs competing in Wednesday's Italian Cup final.
MILAN (AP) — Juventus took a major step toward a seventh straight Serie A title on Sunday as it beat Sampdoria 3-0 after Napoli was held to a 0-0 draw at AC Milan.
Douglas Costa changed the game when he came on for the injured Miralem Pjanic, providing three assists for Mario Mandzukic, Benedikt Hoewedes and Sami Khedira.
Juventus moved six points clear of Napoli with six matches remaining — including the two sides playing each other.
Higuain scores hat trick in 7-goal Juventus rout
ROME (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat trick as Juventus swept past Sassuolo 7-0 on Sunday to strengthen its pursuit of a seventh straight Serie A title.
Sami Khedira netted twice for the hosts while Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic were also on target for the Bianconeri, who won their seventh successive league match.
Juventus labors to beat Sporting 2-1 in Champions League
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus' defensive frailties were again exposed as it labored to a 2-1 win at home to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winner six minutes from time after free-kick specialist Miralem Pjanic had canceled out an own-goal by Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the first half.
Dybala scores again as Juventus wins 4-0, Napoli perfect too
MILAN (AP) — Paulo Dybala continued his astonishing start to the season as he netted twice to help Juventus beat 10-man Torino 4-0 in a Serie A derby on Saturday.
Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro scored the others after Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli was sent off after 24 minutes of the Derby della Mole.
Dybala took his tally to 10 goals in the opening six league matches, just one less than he scored in the whole of the last campaign.
Juventus fends off concern that it has taken a step backward
ROME (AP) — When Miralem Pjanic asked Lionel Messi for his shirt at halftime, it was clear that Juventus was bowing down to Barcelona and its international cast of stars.
It was only one match, and it was an injury-depleted side visiting Barcelona, but the general sense surrounding Juventus is that last season's finalist has taken a slight step backward.
ROME (AP) — Juventus ended the Serie A with a sign of the future as 17-year-old Moise Kean scored a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday.
A second-half substitute, Kean connected on a difficult header following a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.
It was the first Serie A goal for Kean, who was making just his third appearance in the Italian league. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.
Sudden impact: Subs give Juventus 2-0 CL win at 10-man Porto
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Two substitutes, two goals, one clever coach.
Struggling to break through 10-man FC Porto in the Champions League Round-of-16 match, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri resorted to two second-half substitutes who quickly scored as the Italian champions won 2-0 Wednesday.
Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves broke through with goals in the 72nd and 74th minutes of the first leg to give Juventus a commanding advantage.
Juventus reaping the benefits of new attacking formation
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Four forwards seems to be the way forward for Juventus.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri has unveiled a daring 4-2-3-1 formation in the past two matches, and the team has played some of its best soccer of the season.
The new system puts Miralem Pjanic in a deeper midfield role alongside Sami Khedira, with Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain.
Holder Juventus beats Milan 2-1 to reach Italian Cup semis
TURIN, Italy (AP) — In a rematch of last year's final, Italian Cup holder Juventus beat 10-man AC Milan 2-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday to avenge its more recent defeats to Vincenzo Montella's side.
Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic scored for Juventus in the first half to leave Massimiliano Allegri's side on course for a third successive league and cup double.
Juventus used the same 4-2-3-1 formation which had beaten Lazio 2-0 on Sunday, with all its stellar attackers.
Higuain helps Juventus to record 26th straight home win
ROME (AP) — It's no coincidence that Juventus has won Serie A every season since the Juventus Stadium opened in September 2011.
The Bianconeri have been virtually unbeatable in the Italian league's only major club-owned stadium and improved on their own Serie A record with a 26th consecutive home win Sunday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored his fourth brace of the season as Juventus beat Bologna 3-0.
Juventus held the previous record of 25 straight home wins, established at the stadium between 2013 and 2015.
Birthday boy Higuain nets 2 as Juventus beats Torino 3-1
MILAN (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain celebrated his birthday weekend with two goals as he helped Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Torino in a thrilling derby match on Sunday.
Goals from two of the best strikers in European football looked like ensuring the Derby della Mole would end with honors even. Higuain canceled out Andrea Belotti's opener for Torino, with both scoring on their first opportunity.
Higuain ends drought as Juve beats Dinamo 2-0 to win group
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain ended his scoring drought as Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 on Wednesday to win its Champions League group.
Juventus had already qualified for the knockout stages, but the victory secured top spot in Group H ahead of Sevilla, which also advanced following a 0-0 draw with Lyon.
Higuain blasted a strike into the top left corner from the edge of the area after being set up by Mario Lemina early in the second half.
Juventus grinds out 2-1 win at Chievo in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Title-winning teams often grind out results despite not playing well — and that is precisely what Juventus is doing.
Chievo Verona had won just one of its last six matches but Juventus struggled to break it down before eventually winning 2-1 on Sunday.
Juventus remained four points clear of second-placed Roma and five above AC Milan.
Higuain fires Juventus to 2-1 win over former side Napoli
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored a record 36 league goals for Napoli last season, and on Saturday he scored his first goal against it, helping Juventus to a 2-1 win over his former team.
Higuain netted what was to prove the winner in the 70th minute, bursting into the area to fire a loose ball into the bottom right corner. He was engulfed by his teammates but didn't celebrate.
Pjanic and Higuain help Juventus ease to 4-0 win over Dinamo
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Juventus' big summer signings proved their worth as Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain helped the Italian side to a 4-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Pjanic scored one and set up another to put Juventus firmly in charge at halftime. Paulo Dybala and Dani Alves sealed matters after the break.
Higuain kept quiet as Juventus held 0-0 by Sevilla
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus star striker Gonzalo Higuain was largely anonymous as his new side was held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Sevilla in their opening group match in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Higuain transferred from rival Napoli for 90 million euros ($99 million) in the offseason after scoring 36 goals last campaign to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. He scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of a 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Saturday.
After big transfer campaign, Juventus eyes Champions League
ROME (AP) — After bringing in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia, the top priority for Juventus is clearly the Champions League.
Juventus has finished runner-up four times since it last won the trophy 20 years ago, including to Barcelona in 2015.
Juventus in Champions League form with Higuain and Pjanic
ROME (AP) — Juventus' two prized acquisitions were on full display in a convincing 3-1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A on Saturday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and Miralem Pjanic added another before the break as the Bianconeri warmed up for a Champions League it has designs on winning.