The Bianconeri silenced their critics by producing a spectacular five-goal showing over Fiorentina to keep up the pressure on leaders Milan. Vucinic put the visitors in front by curling a cool finish past Boruc before Vidal tapped home to send Juve into the break with a two-goal cushion. Marchisio’s header put the result beyond doubt ten minutes after the restart, while close-range finishes from Pirlo and Padoin completed the rout midway through the second-half. Antonio Conte made just one change from last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Genoa. Bonucci returned from suspension to partner Caceres at the heart of defence, with Vidal pushing forward to join Pirlo and Marchisio in the midfield three. Juventus looked determined from the off and had a chance to break the deadlock within the opening seven minutes.
Vucinic, picking up from last week’s impressive performance in Genova, spotted a gap on the edge of the area and stroked a low right-footed effort against the post. Yet the Montegrin frontman did not have to wait much longer for his second opportunity of the game. Neat build-up play by Pirlo and Marchisio saw the ball worked to Vucinic, who curled home a fine effort from outside the area to put the Bianconeri in the driving seat with fifteen minutes on the clock. The turning point of the game arrived just moments later as Cerci tangled with De Ceglie in an off the ball incident. Bergonzi consulted with his linesman before showing the striker a red card, leaving the hosts down to ten men. And sensing the opportunity to pounce, the Bianconeri continued to roam forward and were rewarded on twenty-eight minutes when Vucinic held the ball on the byline before teeing up Vidal.
The Chilean’s first strike was saved by Boruc, but he made no mistake with his second effort and swept the ball into the corner to double Juve’s lead. The Viola returned for the second-half with renewed vigour. However, the more the hosts applied the pressure, the greater the opportunity handed to Juventus to capitalise on the counter. With the Bianconeri restoring their dominance in midfield, two soon became three following a sharp exchange between Vucinic and Marchisio. The striker drifted out wide and picked out the ‘Little Prince’ in the area, who left Boruc with no chance courtesy of a strong header planted into the top corner. Juventus were rampant and refused to settle for their three-goal advantage.
Moments after Buffon had pulled off a rare save from Lazzari’s curling effort, the ball was again at the feet of Vucinic and sent through into the path of Pirlo. The midfield general kept his cool to look up and clip the ball over the oncoming Boruc into the far corner. And the goalscorer soon turned provider as January arrival Padoin chalked up his first strike in Juventus colours. Pirlo delivered into the area, the ball took a deflection and worked its way through to the former Atalanta man who made no mistake by smashing the ball into the roof of the net. The commanding performance sees the Bianconeri maintain their four-point distance behind Milan – victorious in Parma earlier today – and bring an end to their run of four successive draws.
FIORENTINA 0-5 JUVENTUS
GOALS: Vucinic 15, Vidal 28, Marchisio 55, Pirlo 67, Padoin 72
FIORENTINA Boruc; Cassani, Natali, Nastasic, Pasqual; Olivera (De Silvestri 46), Montolivo, Lazzari; Cerci, Amauri,Vargas. Substitutes not used: Neto, Gamberini, Kharja, Salifu, Marchionni, Acosty. Manager: Rossi
JUVENTUS Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Caceres, De Ceglie; Vidal (Padoin 70), Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Matri (Quagliarella 59), Vucinic (Borriello 70). Substitutes not used: Storari, Chiellini, Giaccherini, Del Piero. Manager: Conte
REFEREE: Bergonzi ASSISTANTS: Stefani, Faverani FOURTH OFFICIAL: Brighi BOOKINGS: Lichtsteiner 24, Olivera 34 SENT OFF: Cerci 20