Italian Serie A
Juventus1Empoli0

Juventus 1-0 Empoli

Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic's goal was his first for Juventus since he scored twice against Carpi on 20 December

Juventus moved closer to a fifth successive Serie A title with a home victory over Empoli.

Alvaro Morata hit the crossbar for the hosts with a long-range effort before Mario Mandzukic headed in from Paul Pogba's chip just before half-time.

Riccardo Saponara had Empoli's best chance but he shot over.

The victory takes Juventus six points above Napoli, who play away at Udinese in their game in hand on Sunday (11:30 BST).

Massimiliano Allegri's side had chances to extend their lead but Kwadwo Asamoah just failed to reach the ball after Lukasz Skorupski spilled Morata's drive.

In the closing minutes, Morata ran down the left wing and pulled the ball back for Simone Zaza, whose shot was saved by Skorupski.

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 24Rugani
  • 15Barzagli
  • 3ChielliniSubstituted forCuadradoat 54'minutes
  • 26LichtsteinerBooked at 45mins
  • 37PereyraSubstituted forAsamoahat 81'minutes
  • 8Marchisio
  • 10Pogba
  • 33Evra
  • 9Morata
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forZazaat 66'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 11Hernanes
  • 16Cuadrado
  • 18Lemina
  • 20Padoin
  • 22Asamoah
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 27Sturaro
  • 34Rubinho
  • 46Romagna

Empoli

  • 28Skorupski
  • 6Bittante
  • 26TonelliBooked at 86mins
  • 15Costa
  • 21Silva Duarte
  • 17Zielinski
  • 32ParedesBooked at 53mins
  • 77BüchelSubstituted forCroceat 54'minutes
  • 5SaponaraSubstituted forPiuat 60'minutes
  • 20Pucciarelli
  • 7MaccaroneSubstituted forKrunicat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pugliesi
  • 3Zambelli
  • 11Croce
  • 13Maiello
  • 14Diousse
  • 22Piu
  • 23Pelagotti
  • 24Cosic
  • 31Camporese
  • 33Krunic
Referee:
Gianpaolo Calvarese
Attendance:
38,911

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 1, Empoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Empoli 0.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Lukasz Skorupski.

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

Offside, Juventus. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rade Krunic.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Juventus).

Booking

Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli).

Simone Zaza (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Leandro Paredes (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Juventus).

Rade Krunic (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniele Rugani (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Lorenzo Tonelli.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Kwadwo Asamoah replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Foul by Mário Rui (Empoli).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Paredes.

Alessandro Piu (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Juventus).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luca Bittante (Empoli) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Rade Krunic replaces Massimo Maccarone.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Mário Rui.

Foul by Andrea Costa (Empoli).

Simone Zaza (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luca Bittante (Empoli).

Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Leandro Paredes (Empoli) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Tonelli.

Attempt saved. Massimo Maccarone (Empoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Manuel Pucciarelli with a headed pass.

Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 2nd April 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus31234456164073
2Napoli30207362243867
3Roma30179462313160
4Fiorentina30167750321855
5Inter Milan30167740281255
6AC Milan30131074031949
7Sassuolo31121274034648
8Lazio30119103838042
9Chievo30108123439-538
10Bologna30106143035-536
11Empoli3199133443-936
12Genoa3097143237-534
13Torino3089133742-533
14Atalanta3089132835-733
15Sampdoria3088144348-532
16Udinese3087152645-1931
17Palermo3077162851-2328
18Carpi31610152949-2028
19Frosinone3076172955-2627
20Hellas Verona30213152651-2519
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