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Mike Whalley

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    As always, thanks for your company - and your feedback. It's always good to know someone's reading. Goodnight.

    George Dawes
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    Coming up in La Liga

    Our main European focus tomorrow, though, will be on La Liga, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both in action - and both looking to overhaul new leaders Sevilla.

    Real, who have dropped to second on head-to-head record, go to Villarreal in the 19:45 GMT kick-off.

    Before then, third-placed Barcelona, just a point off the top, can jump into first place for at least a few hours - although a trip to Atletico Madrid is no one's idea of a gimme. That starts at 15:15.

    We'll be here with live coverage of both. Join us then.

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    Tomorrow's Serie A games

    Here's the full Serie A fixture list for tomorrow - all games kick off at 14:00 GMT unless stated: 

    Palermo v Sampdoria (11:30 GMT)

    Chievo v Pescara

    Crotone v Cagliari

    Genoa v Bologna

    Lazio v Udinese

    Sassuolo v AC Milan

    Inter Milan v Roma (19:45 GMT)

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    Coming up in Serie A

    Inter v Roma is the stand-out fixture in Serie A tomorrow, when there are seven games in total.

    Of interest to Empoli will be the fact that all three sides below them are in action; Palermo, third-from-bottom and eight points behind Giovanni Martusciello's team, host mid-table Sampdoria in the early kick-off at 11:30 GMT. A win for the home side there, and Empoli might start to feel a bit twitchy.

    For all those of you who like to follow Joe Hart's progress, Torino do not play until Monday, when they visit Fiorentina.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Looks very healthy for Juventus now, doesn't it? And Roma, their closest challengers, must visit Inter Milan tomorrow (19:45 GMT). A 10-point lead guarantees nothing just yet, of course, but it is hard to see Max Allegri's side being knocked off their perch from here.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Empoli remain fourth from bottom - with their winless run extended to five Serie A matches. With only 15 league goals to their name all season, there may yet be trouble ahead for them. For the time being, though, they have a little cushion between themselves and the relegation zone.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    A couple of late attacks from Juventus; Dani Alves hit a long-range shot that Lukas Skorupski gathers, and then the keeper dashes off his line to stop Gonzalo Higuain latching on to a through pass. 

    Not a game that will live long in the memory, unless some major life event happened to you during it. Perhaps you won the lottery? Or you proposed to your partner? Perhaps you met up with a long-lost relative? If any of those things have happened to you in the last hour-and-a-half, I'd like to pass on my congratulations, and those of everyone at BBC Sport.


    Juventus v Empoli

    So, what are the final scores, George Dawes?

    "Well, Juventus have two goals! And Empoli, they have no goals!"

    Thanks George.

    George Dawes
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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Oh, actually, I also loved the bit in Shooting Stars where the opera singer bellows Nessum Dorma into Jack Dee's face as he tries to win a pillow case. Comedy gold.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Empoli playmaker Omar El Kaddouri has got a touch of cramp. As the visitors have used all of their permitted substitutes, they look as if they will finish with 10 players here.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    My favourite bit of Shooting Stars, if you're interested, is that George Dawes song about peanuts.

    Four minutes of time to add.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    At the other end, Paulo Dybala follows up with a 25-yard curler that flies just wide, with the goalkeeper clutching at air.

    That last minute was reminiscent of the bit on Shooting Stars where Vic Reeves would tell a dreadful joke to total silence, and then Bob Mortimer would follow up by getting a big laugh. Uvavu followed by Eranu, if you like.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Empoli substitute Marcel Buchel, for reasons unfathomable, decides to shoot for goal from about 30 yards. The shot is so wild that it's met with a kind of stunned silence from the crowd. There may even have been tumbleweed.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    One final change for Juventus, as Juan Cuadrado - shocking in the first half, much better in the second - makes way for Marko Pjaca, a scorer against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday. Feels like Max Allegri is happy with 2-0 here. You never know, though.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    We've managed to get through 82 minutes without a yellow card - but now the first one is waved at Empoli's on-loan Leeds defender Bellusci, who is late on Mario Mandzukic, who flies through the air like an acrobat. A clear foul, a clear booking.

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    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Ten minutes left, and if it stays this way, Juventus will be 10 points clear at the top tonight. For all their first-half labours, it's been a decent night's work for them.

    Dani Alves crosses for Mario Mandzukic to head down for Gonzalo Higuain - but there's still no goal for the Juve number nine, as Giuseppe Bellusci makes the block.

    Gonzalo Higuain

    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    He's had an interesting career has Freddie Veseli, the Empoli substitute, in that he was on the books of both Manchester clubs without ever making a first-team appearance for either. Roberto Mancini did once put him on the City bench for a League Cup tie against West Brom, but that was as far as he got. Veseli, who is Swiss, did get a few games for Bury, though.

    Final change for Empoli: Marcel Buchel is on for Jose Mauri. Juventus bring on Tomas Rincon for Claudio Marchisio.


    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    Looked as if Dybala had made an immediate impact there, driving in a shot that Lukasz Skorupski pushed out into the path of Gonzalo Higuain. However, the Argentina international was offside as he clipped back across goal for Dybala to tap in.


    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    A change too for Juventus: Paulo Dybala, given a bit of a breather tonight, is on for Stefano Struaro. To my knowledge, Dybala has no connection with Port Vale, although feel free to put me right on that one.

  20. The Port Vale connection

    Juventus 2-0 Empoli

    It's not often I get the chance to mention Port Vale in a Serie A live text commentary, but that moment has just arrived. Freddie Veseli, who used to play for Vale, is on for Empoli as a substitute for Vincent Laurini. The visitors have also brought on Mame Baba Thiam for Guido Marilungo.