Italian Serie A

Palermo 0-1 Juventus

Alvaro Morata
Morata curled home Juventus' winner just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute

Alvaro Morata scored the winner as Juventus beat Palermo to move 14 points clear at the top of Serie A.

Palermo, who had previously only lost once at home this season, were undone when substitute Morata curled home.

The Spanish striker broke the deadlock just 10 minutes after coming on to replace compatriot Fernando Llorente.

Second-placed Roma can narrow the gap on Juve, who are chasing a fourth successive league title, when they host Sampdoria on Monday.

Juve, who were without key midfielders Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo through suspension and injury respectively, next play on Wednesday when they face German club Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 second leg.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have a 2-1 advantage from the first leg in Turin.

In Saturday's other Serie A match, Zdenek Zeman was denied victory on his return as coach of relegation-threatened Cagliari.

Matias Vecino scored 37 seconds from the end of injury time to secure a 1-1 draw for Empoli.

Joao Pedro's first-half goal looked set to end a six-match winless league run for Cagliari, who are three points from a position of safety.

Zeman, dismissed in December, was reappointed after his successor Gianfranco Zola was sacked on Monday.



Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 70Sorrentino
  • 2Vitiello
  • 19Terzi
  • 4AndjelkovicBooked at 41mins
  • 3Rispoli
  • 27Rigoni
  • 25MarescaSubstituted forJajaloat 63'minutes
  • 8BarretoSubstituted forBelottiat 76'minutes
  • 33DaprelàSubstituted forEmersonat 83'minutes
  • 20VázquezBooked at 39mins
  • 9DybalaBooked at 87mins


  • 1Ujkani
  • 5Milanovic
  • 10Pereira Silva
  • 13Emerson
  • 14Della Rocca
  • 15Bolzoni
  • 18Chochev
  • 21Quaison
  • 22Ortiz
  • 28Jajalo
  • 96Bentivegna
  • 99Belotti


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Buffon
  • 15BarzagliBooked at 52mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 26LichtsteinerBooked at 84mins
  • 37PereyraBooked at 90mins
  • 8Marchisio
  • 27SturaroSubstituted forVidalat 45'minutes
  • 17De CeglieSubstituted forPadoinat 77'minutes
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forMorataat 60'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 10Tévez


  • 5Ogbonna
  • 7Pepe
  • 9Morata
  • 20Padoin
  • 23Vidal
  • 30Storari
  • 32Matri
  • 33Evra
  • 34Rubinho
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Match Stats

Home TeamPalermoAway TeamJuventus
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Palermo 0, Juventus 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Palermo 0, Juventus 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Juventus. Stephan Lichtsteiner tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Palermo) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  5. Booking

    Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Juventus).

  7. Post update

    Paulo Dybala (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Booking

    Paulo Dybala (Palermo) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Paulo Dybala (Palermo).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Palermo. Conceded by Simone Padoin.

  12. Booking

    Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

  14. Post update

    Emerson (Palermo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

  16. Post update

    Sinisa Andjelkovic (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Palermo. Emerson replaces Fabio Daprelà.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez following a fast break.

  19. Booking

    Álvaro Morata (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).