Italian Serie A
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Chievo 0-1 Juventus

Arturo Vidal and Martin Caceres celebrate

Juventus started their bid to win a fourth consecutive Serie A title with a comfortable 1-0 win at Chievo on the opening day of the season.

The Old Lady lost manager Antonio Conte this summer but won dominantly in Massimiliano Allegri's first game.

Martin Caceres headed in off Chievo defender Cristiano Biraghi early on in what could be credited as an own goal.

Juve struck the woodwork three times but survived a late scare when Maxi Lopez missed from 10 yards.

Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri won Serie A with AC Milan in 2011 but was sacked by the club in January

Gianluigi Buffon's diving save denied the Argentine, whose clear opening was by far Chievo's best chance in a game that saw them on the back foot throughout.

Juventus amassed a record 102 points last season under Conte, who has become Italy manager since ending his trophy-laden spell in Turin.

Allegri's league success with AC Milan in 2011 makes him the last manager to win the Italian title before Conte oversaw three successive victories, but the appointment of the 47-year-old was seen as a surprise by many in the Italian media.

He has strengthened his options this summer with five arrivals including Patrice Evra from Manchester United - a substitute in Verona.

Evra watched his new side exude the dominance of last season as they struck the woodwork three times in a first half where only Caceres' bundled effort separated the sides.

Arturo Vidal - consistently linked with a move to Manchester United - saw an effort cleared off the line and headed against the post from the resulting corner, before Carlos Tevez saw his volley hit the underside of the cross bar.

Routine stuff for Juventus...
Juventus have won 53 times on the opening match-day - more than any other club in Serie A.

Caceres had not scored for Juventus since October 2012 but went close again with a looping header against the bar and smashed over from six yards on 70 minutes as Allegri's side wasted chances.

Summer signing from Paris St-Germain Kingsley Coman, 18, impressed on his debut and went close in each half from long range before his replacement Fernando Llorente's header forced a smart Francesco Bardi save.

The goalkeeper's heroics were matched at the other end late on when Buffon - starting his 14th season with Juve - saved from Lopez, who should have given Chievo an opening-day point.

Line-ups

Chievo

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 25Bardi
  • 21Frey
  • 3DainelliBooked at 57mins
  • 12Cesar
  • 34Biraghi
  • 13Izco
  • 84ManganiBooked at 30minsSubstituted forRadovanovicat 45'minutesSubstituted forCofieat 70'minutes
  • 56Hetemaj
  • 24SchelottoSubstituted forPaloschiat 45'minutes
  • 23Birsa
  • 10López

Substitutes

  • 1Bizzarri
  • 5Gamberini
  • 7Lazarevic
  • 8Radovanovic
  • 14Cofie
  • 19Botta
  • 20Sardo
  • 26Fraga
  • 43Paloschi
  • 69Meggiorini
  • 87Zukanovic
  • 90Seculin

Juventus

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Cáceres
  • 19Bonucci
  • 5Ogbonna
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 8Marchisio
  • 23VidalBooked at 29minsSubstituted forPereyraat 86'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 22Asamoah
  • 10Tévez
  • 11ComanSubstituted forLlorenteat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Orestes Caldeira
  • 7Pepe
  • 12Giovinco
  • 14Llorente
  • 20Padoin
  • 30Storari
  • 33Evra
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 38Mattiello
  • 39Marrone
Referee:
Carmine Russo
Attendance:
26,000

Match Stats

Home TeamChievoAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home7
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chievo 0, Juventus 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chievo 0, Juventus 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).

  4. Post update

    Dario Dainelli (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Martín Cáceres (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Maxi López (Chievo).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Llorente.

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    Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Maxi López (Chievo).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Juventus).

  11. Post update

    Isaac Cofie (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Chievo. Perparim Hetemaj tries a through ball, but Valter Birsa is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Roberto Pereyra replaces Arturo Vidal.

  16. Post update

    Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Cofie (Chievo).

  18. Post update

    Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Maxi López (Chievo).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernando Llorente (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.