Italian Serie A
Juventus2Empoli0

Juventus 2-0 Empoli

Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez has scored 25 goals for Juventus this season

Carlos Tevez scored one goal and created another to restore Juventus's 14-point lead at the top of Serie A as they edged to victory over Empoli.

The Argentine striker fired in from eight yards just before half-time from Arturo Vidal's indirect free-kick.

Roberto Pereyra made sure of the win in the final seconds after keeper Luigi Sepe had beaten out a Tevez shot.

But there was concern for Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri as midfielder Vidal limped off in the second half.

With Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio all absent with long-term injuries, Allegri can hardly afford to lose another midfielder ahead of his side's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on 14 April.

Juventus's lead had been cut earlier on Saturday by second-placed Roma, who beat Napoli 1-0.

They needed a bit of luck to go in front against mid-table Empoli, benefiting from a debatable decision by referee Piero Giacomelli.

Keeper Sepe conceded a free-kick for handling a backpass from defender Daniele Rugani that was ruled, harshly, to have been deliberate.

Vidal played the ball short for Tevez to strike into the roof of the net.

Manuel Pucciarelli was twice denied a second-half equaliser by Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Empoli's hopes of a point, though, were ended in stoppage time, as the industrious Tevez surged 30 yards to fire a shot that Sepe parried straight into the path of substitute Pereyra.

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 15BarzagliBooked at 90mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 5Ogbonna
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 27SturaroSubstituted forPereyraat 78'minutes
  • 20Padoin
  • 23VidalSubstituted forPepeat 86'minutes
  • 33Evra
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forMorataat 67'minutes
  • 10TévezBooked at 48mins

Substitutes

  • 3Chiellini
  • 7Pepe
  • 9Morata
  • 17De Ceglie
  • 24Vitale
  • 30Storari
  • 32Matri
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 39Marrone

Empoli

  • 33Sepe
  • 23Hysaj
  • 24Rugani
  • 19Barba
  • 21Silva DuarteBooked at 66mins
  • 88Vecino
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11CroceSubstituted forZielinskiat 74'minutes
  • 5SaponaraBooked at 78mins
  • 20PucciarelliSubstituted forVerdiat 78'minutes
  • 7MaccaroneSubstituted forMchedlidzeat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pugliesi
  • 2Laurini
  • 8Signorelli
  • 9Mchedlidze
  • 10Tavano
  • 14Diousse
  • 18Verdi
  • 25Brillante
  • 26Tonelli
  • 27Zielinski
  • 28Bassi
  • 50Somma
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
40,029

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 2, Empoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Empoli 0.

Attempt missed. Daniele Rugani (Empoli) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mirko Valdifiori following a set piece situation.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Matias Vecino (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 2, Empoli 0. Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Simone Verdi went off injured after Empoli had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Simone Verdi (Empoli) because of an injury.

Booking

Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Daniele Rugani.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Simone Pepe replaces Arturo Vidal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Arturo Vidal (Juventus) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mirko Valdifiori with a cross.

Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

Booking

Riccardo Saponara (Empoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simone Padoin (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Riccardo Saponara (Empoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Roberto Pereyra replaces Stefano Sturaro.

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Simone Verdi replaces Manuel Pucciarelli.

Attempt missed. Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Elseid Hysaj with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Piotr Zielinski replaces Daniele Croce.

Offside, Juventus. Arturo Vidal tries a through ball, but Carlos Tévez is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Simone Padoin (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Levan Mchedlidze replaces Massimo Maccarone.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Daniele Rugani.

Attempt blocked. Patrice Evra (Juventus) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Daniele Croce (Empoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Offside, Juventus. Gianluigi Buffon tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Massimo Maccarone (Empoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Álvaro Morata replaces Fernando Llorente.

Offside, Juventus. Stefano Sturaro tries a through ball, but Stephan Lichtsteiner is caught offside.

Booking

Mário Rui (Empoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mário Rui (Empoli).

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus).

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